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We have read self help books and listened to self help tapes. Unfortunately, they have been of marginal assistance, or at best, less than we had hoped. We can pat ourselves on back at our efforts to improve ourselves and admire those titles stacked in our bookcase. If we are honest, however, we must admit they are now more 'shelf help' than self-help. In dark recesses of our mind we recognize, we cannot do this alone.
For years, serious athletes, actors, and politicians have all used personal coaches to help maximize their skills and abilities. These professionals are often at top of their game, yet wouldn't think of 'going it alone.' Many of us are now recognizing value of this unique relationship and are adapting it to a personal level.
Personal coaches are more than a friend with whom to share problems. They are a sounding board for solutions to challenges we face on a daily basis. They are mentors in some cases, cheerleaders in others. Part consultant, part family. Coaches unleash power of partnership. With a coach, we do more than we would do on our own, go further and faster toward our goals, and take ourselves more seriously. We have an accountability partner who shares our best interest and keeps us moving forward. Personal coaching is about taking action and making things happen.
Taking It Up A Notch
Left to our own devices, we can often justify our average existence with thought we are coping well considering all that world is throwing at us. A personal coach helps us catch what we need, deflect unnecessary, and totally disregard irrelevant. We don't have to do it alone, but we are challenged to take responsibility for ourselves and to take action on our own behalf. Former Dallas Cowboys coach, Tom Landry, sums it up this way, "A coach is someone who gets you to do what you don't want to do, so you can be who you want to be."
The time for personal coaching is now. The reasons are ones bouncing around in your head at this very moment. The question now becomes, are you ready for rewards that come with taking game of life to next level?
Will Craig is a personal coach and past president of the International Coach Federation-Denver Chapter. His company, FillYourPractice.com, trains and mentors professional coaches and soon-to-be coaches in a program called the Coaching Practice Incubator.