• Tom Richards

Who needs a coach anyway?

Updated: May 27, 2019

I think we can all agree that we do many of the same things they same way, over and over again hoping that we will find the solutions to our problems and daily challenges. Try this tomorrow, when you get out of the shower check yourself to try to predict which part of your body you will start to dry first. Then predict the next step, your left arm, your right or is it a leg or your head. I'll bet you will find right away that you are excellent at predicting which is you next move particularly on things that you do on a regular basis.

Try this on several of your actions throughout the day. Which seat do you choose at the restaurant is it the one that faces the entrance or away. When you check your phone is it Facebook or Email messages you check first. These are just indicators of the patterns you create for yourself. The more you make yourself aware of these patterns the easier it will be to find what works and what doesn't. Some of our repetitious behavior is not easily recognized unless it is seen by someone else and a coach focuses in on these things to help us eliminate the noise and distractions that make change difficult.

A coach offers a perspective we are unable to see for ourselves.

How about you? Have you ever felt frustrated that things happen around you that you just don't understand why? Do you ever feel like if you could just get into the head of the person across the table, you could have acted differently? Of course we all have. A coach is that link to another brain. A coach gives honest and necessary feedback and suggestions. A coach works to help define your objectives and then looks to understand your strengths and suggests the best use of these strengths. A coach can also observe weaknesses and suggests alternatives or support mechanisms to minimize counterproductive affects of these traits. When we focus on what we are strong we thrive sooner because we see progress and results. When we focus too much on weaknesses we build frustration sometimes stalling or paths to progress.

How can you benefit from coaching?

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