What’s the fastest way to halt your business growth practically before you even get started?
Believe it or not, it’s not having a second set of eyes helping you to make wise decisions, help you set goals and keep you accountable with your progress. In other words, it’s overlooking the importance of having a coach.
It’s something that many people put off until they’re “making more money” in their business. Sadly, they don’t realize that they’re not likely to make that kind of money any time soon without investing in personal growth and working with a coach.
What’s the Importance of Having a Coach?
1. A coach will help you work on your business rather than in it
When you’re starting a business, you might be tempted to try to do it all to cut costs. But once you fall into this trap, it’s tough to get yourself back out of it.
You’ll never grow your business beyond what you can accomplish yourself if you’re the only person who can do everything it takes to run your business. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.
The importance of having a coach for this reason alone cannot be overstated. If you’re waiting to hire a coach until you get ahead, you’ll always be stuck being an employee in your own business rather than the visionary leader you need to be.
2. Having a coach will help you to be accountable for the goals you set
Especially when you work alone, it’s easy to be less than fully honest with yourself when you don’t achieve your goals. A coach can help you set goals and give you needed accountability in the process of meeting the benchmarks that will help you hit your big picture goals.
3. A coach will help you regain enthusiasm when you feel stuck
“It’s hard to lead when it’s you that you’re leading,” said Eva Peron in the movie version of Evita.
It’s true – even the most self-motivated people need some outside encouragement every now and again. A coach can help you stay motivated and regain your momentum when you feel stuck.
4. You can’t observe yourself as thoroughly as a coach can
You might think you’re pretty honest with yourself when it comes to your strengths and weaknesses. But the fact is – it’s hard to observe and evaluate yourself like someone else can. Having a coach is important because he or she has a different perspective and can see your strengths and weaknesses more clearly, enabling you to grow your business more efficiently.
5. A coach can help you learn how to prioritize your limited time
This goes back to helping you learn how to work on your business rather than in it, but it takes it a step farther. Part of the importance of having a coach stems from the need to build wise systems for balancing your time. If you begin your business with good work habits and good personal care habits to stay balanced and well, you’ll build sustainably. If you give 100% of yourself to your business and nothing to taking care of yourself or to nurturing your relationships, it is harder to step back and change habits later on.
Have you ever worked with a coach? Why or why not? Leave a comment below!