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Preparing for Coaching: How to Know if You're Ready

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

“Do I need a coach?”

In short, no, you probably don’t need a coach. The longer answer to the question is maybe.

The truth is you may not be ready for coaching.

It’s not a quick fix or a magic pill that will solve all your problems. It requires hard work, commitment, and a willingness to take action. A coach can help you identify your goals, develop a plan, and hold you accountable, but they can’t do the work for you.

Working with a coach requires an openness to change, feedback or new ideas, a willingness to take responsibility for your actions and decisions, and a commitment to the coaching process.

Your coach is not there to heal you.

Your coach is there to help you bring out your very best. It will be painful if you enter the commitment before you are ready. And not the good pain that comes from growth. The kind that comes from frustration.

It’s essential to be honest with yourself and your potential coach about your readiness for coaching before beginning the process. I don’t just say that to check some box. I say it from experience. I entered business coaching after my husband passed away when I was still trying to settle my life. I don’t regret it, but I could have gotten so much more if I was entering that relationship from a different point.

Once you are ready for coaching, you open up a world of possibilities.

A coach can help you see things from a different perspective and provide you with valuable insights that you may not have considered before. They can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies to achieve your goals, and hold you accountable for taking action.

One of the most significant benefits of working with a coach is gaining clarity.

Often, we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we lose sight of what we truly want. A coach can help you reconnect with your values, passion, and purpose and guide you in setting goals that align with these things. Through this process, you can develop a clear vision of what you want to achieve and the steps to get there.

Coaching can be transformative by helping you overcome limiting beliefs.

Many of us hold onto beliefs that hold us back from achieving our full potential. These beliefs may stem from past experiences, conditioning, pressure, or negative self-talk. A coach can help you identify and replace these limiting beliefs with positive and empowering ones. Doing so allows you to break through mental barriers and achieve things you never thought possible.

Working with a coach can give you the support and accountability you need to stay on track.

Staying motivated and focused on your goals can be challenging, especially when life gets in the way—as it often does! A coach can help you stay accountable for taking action toward your goals, encourage you when needed, and celebrate your successes.

In short, you don’t need a coach, but if you’re ready to take your personal or professional life to the next level, having a coach is an invaluable asset. It’s essential to do your research, find a coach who resonates with your values, and be willing to invest the time, energy, and resources into the coaching process. Find someone who can take a little time to talk with you if you are unsure—not just sell you into a course or program.

With the right mindset and approach, coaching can be an incredibly valuable tool for achieving success and creating the extraordinary life you deserve.


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