The most important thing is to trust your gut. Does your interaction with a Coach feel like a match made in heaven or just super awkward? Listen to that gut instinct. It’s probably correct. The International Coaching Federation accredits Coaches; however, you don’t need to be certified through them to call yourself a coach.
→ cheerleader: I’ve been there. I’ve been a cheerleader. You ra-ra somebody when things are getting tough, even when the outlook doesn’t look great. Everything is always hunky-dory. A coach reflects your fears, your realities, as ugly or beautiful as they might be and help you see other perspectives and options.
→ friend: Yep, you probably have a friend who is great at listening. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe your husband gives you solutions when all you want to do is vent. A coach is different than all these people because of the way we’re invested in your life and biz. We are objective in the way we see your life. We want you to get the level of success you want for yourself, nothing more, nothing less. We hold you accountable to your dreams and your goals. We also act as a mirror when you can’t see your greatness. Great coaches push back on your Mean Girl and point out that she’s doing a little too much talking.
Another thing is that although you’re a business owner, you’re also a bunch of different things as well. Sometimes, the other roles we play are more important than the business and that can get in the way of achieving dreams. Having a frank discussion about your other commitments can help lead to making changes in your work.
Some of the frequently discussed topics are: prioritizing yourself + self care; time management; taking back your identity; creating incentives for achievement; fear of failure.
Working with a coach can get you from point A to point P so much faster than you could achieve it on your own. They help you ways to fill your tank quickly and to feel sense of purpose and passion. These things translate into your normal life; when you’re feeling fulfilled, you’re a better ____ (everything else). You’re a better mom, wife, teacher, cook, entrepreneur, friend, daughter, athlete…