I don’t need a coach. I know what to do already. I just need to do it.
These three short sentences, usually linked together in one statement, are the most common response I hear when I ask someone if they have considered hiring a coach. Maybe you can recall uttering, or at least thinking this same sentiment, and asking yourself, “Why don’t I just do what I know I need to do?”
I have a news flash for you. We all go through this. So, if we all know what we should be doing, then why the heck don’t we take action and ‘just do it’ like Nike suggests? The answers are as different as we are. Maybe we don’t want the results badly enough. Maybe we have a hundred other seemingly more pressing issues tugging us in different directions. Maybe we have the best of intentions but then our child gets sick, the dog races out the front door, and the car breaks down all in the same morning. Maybe we feel insecure that we don’t know how to do something well enough. Maybe we have a fear of rejection. Maybe… Maybe… Maybe… I could keep going, but in the end the answer is always the same. We didn’t do what we knew we needed to do to get the results we knew we wanted to get. And this is probably not the first time, but more like the hundredth time or even the thousandth time.
This, my friend, is where coaching comes in. A coach is a person who has one goal, and one goal only – to help you get to your goals. A coach doesn’t set your goals for you or decide how you’re going to get to them. They do help you to set appropriate goals and then help you accentuate your best attributes and overcome your worst obstacles to help you achieve them. A coach is the person that can help you establish priorities, stay on track, follow through, and do all those things you already know you are supposed to be doing, but always seem to escape you.
So, the next time you ask yourself, “Why don’t I just do what I know I need to do?” Ask yourself another question, “Where can I find the best coach I can so I will finally start doing all of the things I know I need to do?”