How Coaching Can Help you Achieve Your Goals
How I Got Here
I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t even know what a Life Coach was until a year or so ago. I had no idea what they did or why someone would need one. So I’m sure there are others out there that don’t realize they need one. In this article I’m going to cover what a coach is, what a coach isn’t, and why hiring a coach may be your best option.
Being a professional in the tech sector my entire life, I gradually made my way up the ranks from answering the phones and making copies for execs to creating and running my team. There’s a lot to feel good about working in a job as I had. I was able to challenge my associates and watch them grow. I was able to create new processes, test them out, and push them out to other organizations. For some reason, I’ve always been driven to solve problems. I’ve worked on support teams in one way or another for over 15 years, either directly answering questions or assisting my associates with customer problems. I really enjoyed figuring out complex and challenging technical problems.
Towards the end of my career working for someone else, I began questioning my passions. I started asking myself, ‘what is it that you really want to do with your life’? The more questions I asked myself and the more answers I uncovered, slowly I realized working for someone else wasn’t bringing me the fulfillment I needed. That’s when I discovered coaching. A friend of mine had recently gotten certified and was coaching other people who were starting their own businesses.
I had no idea this was a thing, so I started researching. Being a research junkie, I love learning new things and poking my nose into subjects that seem fascinating or weird to me. So it is no surprise when I became interested in coaching, and made yet another trip to the library to investigate.
Coaches Help You Get Shit Done
In a nutshell, this is what I’ve learned. You hire a coach when you want to achieve a goal, any goal. There are tons of coaches out there for hire. Some of them specialize in relationships and will help you score the love of your life, while there are others that will teach you the secrets to building sales funnels. Moreover, you can even find help from coaches to reach your financial goals or they can assist you to deal with family issues. Also, there are sober coaches like me!
A coach is not someone that provides therapy, so if you need to heal from something that happened to you in the past, you should seek a mental health professional like a psychologist or counselor. A coach is also not someone that gives you all the answers. While most of them that specialize in a particular area have first-hand experience overcoming the problems their clients hire them to solve, a good coach will not just give you all the answers or do the work for you. If you’re looking for someone to come in and design your website, make sales calls for you, or tell you what to wear on your big date, you should probably find a consultant.
The takeaway here is, that you hire a coach when there is a goal you want to achieve, or have tried to achieve and you need help. You hire a coach because you don’t know how to solve the problem you are facing. Personally, I have 2 different coaches. I have one coach that helps me with my business and I have another coach that helps me with my mindset. They both provide immense benefits to me. Without my business coach, I wouldn’t have been able to fully launch my business within a matter of a few short weeks! The results you can achieve with hiring a coach when you commit to your goal and put in the work is unreal. I don’t think I’ll ever NOT have a coach.
As a sober coach, clients hire me because they’re tired of the Day 1’s, or they’re terrified of what their life will look like without alcohol, or they don’t want to be constantly fighting the urge to drink,. Some hire me because the only other option they are aware of is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and frankly sitting in a circle with a bunch of strangers talking about how badly they wanted to drink last night just doesn’t sit well with them. Whatever the reason, as long as there is a goal you want to achieve and need help to get there, a coach is your best bet.
The other concern I hear a lot is ‘aren’t coaches really expensive?’ This is a really hard question to answer. For some people, they relate the price tag of a coach to something tangible. Let’s say it will cost you $4K to hire a relationship coach and they promise you will have more success in your dating. You have to think about the end goal and the value you are getting when this becomes a reality. If hiring that relationship coach and landing your dream partner within 6 months is your ultimate goal, why would you risk years of fumbling through swiping right and awkward first dates over and over? The time and money you spend on a coach shouldn’t be viewed as simply time and money, but rather an investment in YOU!
Worth Every Penny
When I first got sober, I had no idea that hiring a coach was an option. The only options I was aware of were AA and rehab. If someone would have told me I could hire a coach and within 3 months be completely alcohol-free and have the confidence to maintain my sobriety for life, I would’ve paid thousands of dollars for that. Instead, I forced myself to show up to AA. every day and I hoped and prayed that something really stressful didn’t pop up. I tried to navigate sober life alone and ended up failing as a result.
Only you can decide how badly you want to get sober. Only you know how much you are worth. And only YOU can take that first step. If you are interested in speaking to me to see if coaching could help you, click here for a no strings attached free consultation. I promise if coaching doesn’t seem like the best option for you, I will provide you with the resources you need