Do You Need A Coach?

by Dennis Perry on September 29, 2011

Whether you are just getting started on the path to a rich life or you are a seasoned veteran, we occasionally run into a road block.  When that happens, it can derail or at least sideline a well thought-out plan and make achieving your goals more difficult.

Albert Einstein said “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”  What he meant, I believe, is that in order to find an answer to a problem or an obstacle, we have to rise above the level of thinking that created it in the first place.

Working alone, this can be a daunting task.  A coach or mentor can provide a fresh look at the problem and suggest solutions that you might otherwise not have seen.

Is working with a coach helpful?  According to a client survey from the International Coaching Federation, the outcomes that clients most often attribute to their coaching are:

   * A higher level of self-awareness: 67.6%

   * Smarter goal-setting: 62.4%

   * A more balanced life: 60.5%

    * Lower stress levels: 57.1%

    * Self-discovery: 52.9%

    * More self-confidence: 52.4%

    * Improvement in quality of life: 43.3%

    * Enhanced communication skills: 39.5%

    * Project completion: 35.7%

    * Health or fitness improvement: 33.8%

    * Better relationships with boss or co-workers: 33.3%

    * Better family relationships: 33.3%

    * Increased energy: 31.9%

    * More fun: 31.9%

    * More income: 25.7%

    * Stopped a bad habit: 25.7%

    * Change in career: 24.3%

    * More free time: 22.9%

    * Increased profitability of business: 17.1%

    * Started new business: 12.9%

    * Empowered employees: 11.0%

98.5% of coaching clients said their investment in a coach was well worth the money.

This information is an excerpt from the International Coaching Federation’s (ICF) Client Survey. © Copyright 1997-2000 – International Coach Federation. The complete survey results are available on the International Coach Federation’s web site at www.coachfederation.org

It would certainly appear from this study that coaching is beneficial for the largest majority of those who choose it.

A coach can help you see things from another perspective and can present possible solutions that you were not able to see because you are too close to the problem or obstacle.

In many cases, I find that the client already knows the answer.  By probing and asking questions, they are often led to the solution and can then move forward with their plan.

If you feel that a coach would be beneficial, then I suggest that you find one or two that you feel you might be comfortable with and do an initial call with them.  If there is a connection and you feel that the coach will be able to help you, you can then cement the relationship.  Most coaches I know are happy to schedule an initial call at little or no cost to the client.

Finally, when you do choose your coach, be fully open to the possibilities that they present or guide you to.  It does little good to hire a coach or mentor and then totally ignore their advice and suggestions.

When working with a coach, leave your ego at the door.  The coach only has your best interest at heart.  They are there to help you and guide you.  Do the work, be fully present on the calls, and miracles can happen.

If you are interested in learning more, drop me a line.  You can email me at dennis@CreateARichLife.com or visit the Contact Us page on this site.

Make this a great day and make your life rich in every way!

 

 

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{ 15 comments }

Michael D. Walker October 1, 2011 at 2:16 am

With the right coach, even for a short time, you can really accelerate your progress toward your goals.

Michael
Change Your Mindset

Eva Palmer September 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I never had a coach before. Your post remind me that probably I should hire one!

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Andrew Miner September 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Those are some great stats as far as coaching outcomes go. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be half of what I am today (not much) if it weren’t for some truly phenominal coaches in my life.

Andrew
http://www.andrewminer.net/5-hidden-keys-to-unlock-usable-muscle-strength-and-real-power/

John Moulder September 30, 2011 at 7:04 am

I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have someone gazing over your shoulder , pointing out ways to improve your methods of working etc . Obviously some people find it benificial .

http://johncmoulder.com/was-that-a.html

Annie Born September 30, 2011 at 4:32 am

Wow! Who Doesn’t need a coach?
With those stats – your shooting yourself in the foot without one!
Looking forward to tomorrow!
Create a great day!
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Body language and deception September 30, 2011 at 2:47 am

The right coach can meen the differnce between success and failure in life. It is always good to find a coach who is willing to push and not put up with vauge answers or stories.
Scott Sylvan Bell
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Now go implement!

Cherie Miranda September 30, 2011 at 1:20 am

I agree that coaching is important. I think the hardest part is finding the right coach.

Cherie Miranda
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Neil Dhawan September 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for sharing the statistics of the benefits people have received from coaching as well as the tips for picking a qualified coach.

Stay Extraordinary and Do Great Things, Neil
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Michael Paulse September 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

That is a really good reframe of Einstein’s quote, for me. I can see how it applies to “situations” and not only “problems”.

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The Knowledge Stylist: Music, Photography, Travel, Gadgets and More! September 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I also enjoyed seeing those statistics. Even if they are from the coaching federation, I still believe them and agree that having a coach can be very helpful.

TKS

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Kevin Bettencourt September 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Getting a coach can give you a realistic view of where you really are. Too many people think they are starting ahead of where they are. A good coach can introduce you to your weakness.

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Body Language September 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I don’t think those numbers add up to 100…..

Very interesting statistics! Kinda cool that a quarter of the people had increased income, and that 33.3% had better relationships with family and co-workers.

Thanks for posting this, Dennis!

Mark Hogan

Clare Delaney September 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

How fascinating that 60% said having a coach gave them a more balanced lifeatyle. I could see all the other benefits but that one surprised me. Good to know that is another benefit of being coached!

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Internet Personals Ads Writing Tips September 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hi Wealth Doctor,

Certainly I agree with having a coach. Both I coach singles and couples in dating relationships and doing better with online dating. In addition, I HAVE a coach who helps me to better and faster achieve my goals.

Thanks for the citation from the Coaching Federation.

Happy Dating and Relationships,

April Braswell
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Sonya Lenzo September 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The smartest thing I ever did in my whole life was to join Kevin’s inner circle and have him become my coach. My entire life (including where I am now) is different than it would have been had this not happened. I acutally shudder to think what and where I would have been without this.
Sonya Lenzo
http://www.sunnyincostarica.com/dancing/

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