Have you noticed that every top athlete – in golf, swimming, team sports – every one of them – has a coach, often more than one? And, in fact, so do top-performing business people, even if the coaches are less visible in business.
Why do high performers use coaches? Because it works! Dave Verbeten
, a business coach in the Chicago area, posted this article
on LinkedIn, which helps drive the point home further.
Also notice that the coach is rarely, if ever, better at the sport than the athlete who hired the coach. What the coach is better at is seeing the little deviations from ideal performance the athlete makes. He or she then helps the athlete correct those little mistakes before they significantly affect performance. And a good coach helps the athlete maintain and improve his or her mental attitude as well as physical performance. The mental attitude is far more important to the athlete’s (or anyone else’s) performance than are the specific skills one possesses.
Of course, the skills are important – you can’t expect to be good without them. However, if you have all the skills honed to a fine edge, and a negative attitude, you’ll be beaten before you start – every time!
As a little aside, that’s why steel magnate Andrew Carnegie said something to the effect of: I’ll hire a person with a good attitude, whether or not they have the skills we need, over one who has the skills and a poor attitude. We can teach the skills much more quickly than we can change one’s attitude, if we ever can!
Another thing to notice is that these athletes are at the very top of their professions, often among the best one or two or three, or at least 10, in the world. Wouldn’t one think that such an expert wouldn’t need someone else, who is much less expert in the sport, to help them keep performing well? Not so…the athlete is often totally blind to the mistakes he or she is developing and to opportunities to improve his or her skills and attitude. And, if they have good sense, they recognize this blindness.
Give it some thought! Consider hiring a life coach to help you live a better life, i.e. have better relationships in life…or a business coach to help you do better business, i.e. have better business relationships. It might be just what you need to take you where you want to go!