Why is coaching important for everyone

20 January 2021

Almost every famous athlete has a coach to assist them with their performance and in gaining perspective. Notably, both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan worked with renowned “Mindfulness Meditation Coach,” George Mumford throughout their successful careers.

But coaching isn’t just limited to elite sportsmen or sportswomen ­– individuals and working professionals can benefit from it too. In this article, you will learn more about coaching and how it can be your most powerful tool to boost your success and propel you forward in business and life.

1. Coaching helps you identify the right goal for you and supports you to stay on track

Many people have unrealistic goals that they want to achieve whilst others may move through life without conscious thought as to the direction they are taking.  Coaching can help rectify that by ensuring that your goals are SMART!

That is, they are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely. 

Coaching will challenge your thinking and help you get the clarity you need to begin taking action and not just dream about it. It allows personal transformation to take place, even in times of change and uncertainty.

2. Coaching creates the structure and space for critical thinking and development

Think about your goal – do you have the key strategies and tactics to achieve it? Do you have someone assisting with generating ideas and guiding you to take action? Coaching creates the structure for personal learning and change that will help you achieve your personal or professional goals. 

In addition, coaching demands accountability. It supports you to keep moving forward. If you share a goal you increase the chance of it being achieved. By focussing on it and using positive self-talk you have a much higher chance of achieving it and attracting what you need.

3. Your mindset needs to be your best friend rather than your worst enemy!

Working on your mindset is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself. We are all hard wired to resist change and uncertainty. Our brains are designed to look out for threats so when faced with a new goal or change, we often focus on the reasons why it won’t work.

Coaching is designed to focus on your mindset and explore your limiting beliefs. It can help you remove your own roadblocks and assists you to stop holding yourself back.

4. Coaching helps you to identify and focus on your strengths and improve your performance

When we focus on developing the things that we are good at, we grow faster than trying to improve our weaknesses. We also feel happier, have more confidence and more energy.

Tiger Woods famously focussed on his strengths by further developing his most powerful stroke (his swing) as opposed to his weaker one (chipping out of the sand) and rose from 300th to 1st in the world. 

Coaching can help you to identify and explore your strengths and support you to take action that will allow you to do more of the things that you are good at, enabling you to live a more fulfilling life. 

So there you go, these are some benefits and what you can expect to gain from coaching.

Photo by Daoudi Aissa on Unsplash

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