Currently I have a life coach I chat to monthly, a business coach that I speak to fortnightly while I’m getting Zest e-Biz up and running, and I also have a mentor at work.
Coaches and mentors come in many different forms and you’ll find that not all of them are suitable for every situation.
In 4 ½ months I’ll be commencing my journey of motherhood… pretty exciting for both my partner and I! He is more that willing to come to the birth and help me through the life changing event. However, when I learnt about the services of a Doula – effectively a birthing coach, I started to think about the benefits of a coach rather than relying 100% on a family or friends.
7 Reasons You Should Have a Business Coach
Whether it is a paid coach, or an informal arrangement with a colleague or someone you respect within your industry, they all provide similar benefits to you on your business journey:
- They have usually been there done that. Or at least they have been through similar issues that you are facing, so they can provide guidance based on their experience.
- They usually provide an objective point of view. Without knowing all your day to day issues, that perhaps your colleagues or families hear about till the cows come home, a business coach or mentor is usually a fresh set of eyes to give some perspective.
- They are there to provide pep talks. Like a traditional sports coach, a business coach, watches you grow and develop so they know when you can dig a little deeper and deliver that extra bit of effort that will help you on your path to success.
- They are also there when you need a pick-me-up. A good coach or mentor always seems to know the right time to flick you an email, send you a motivating link, or touch base just when you need that reminder that you are on the right track.
- They help you develop clarity around your vision. A business coach is a great sounding board. They will listen to you (ramble at times) and then repeat back to you the key points or themes you described.
- They are also there to remind you to be patient. It’s so easy to get carried away in grand ideas and forget to focus on the basics. A business coach or mentor is there to remind you to take small steps towards that BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
- Most importantly, they keep you accountable. If you are like me, finding the motivation to stick to a routine is very difficult if you don’t have milestones, or some incentive to keep you accountable.
Do you currently have a coach, or mentor?
If not, do you have an idea of the type of person you think would be great to talk to? Yes? Then what are you waiting for! Make contact today. You’ll be amazed at how approachable people are and how valuable you find the experience.
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