You would never expect an athlete to reach the Olympic Games without a world-class coach. Nor would you expect a professional football team to enter the stadium without a whole team of coaches; head coach, an offensive coach, defensive coach, and special teams’ coach. Today, coaching has moved into the business and personal realm to include coaches who have succeeded in your area of interest—and who can help you navigate the same path or even one that is far greater.
Your Journey Needs a Mentor
Of all the things successful people do to accelerate their trip up the path to success, participating in some coaching program is at the top of the list. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and all the most successful entrepreneurs have the mentors that have pushed them, guided them and helped them to grow. The pioneer of all modern-day motivational speaking and writing Napoleon Hill was mentored by the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.
The Best-Kept Secret of Successful People
Mark Zuckerberg is arguably one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. There is one thing few people knew about Mark in the early years. He was mentored by Steve Jobs. And Steve was mentored by Mike Markkula, one of Apple’s earliest investors and senior executives. From the outside, it seemed Apple and Facebook were rivals, but Zuckerberg credits Steve Jobs with passing on wisdom on subjects like building a strong team and keeping company focus strong. While Zuckerberg’s image may seem arrogant and brash, he was smart enough in the early days to seek out mentors who were older and wiser than him. Today, everyone gets to enjoy the benefits of Facebook, thanks to that, at least in part.
A mentor will help you clarify your vision and goals, support you through your fears, keep you focused, confront your unconscious behaviors and old patterns, expect you to do your best, help you live by your values, show you how to earn more while working less, and keep you focused on your core genius.
Worth More than Money
I have had many coaches and mentors who have helped me achieve my goals—business coaches, writing coaches, IT industry coaches, spiritual coaches, and personal coaches. But without a doubt, the one coaching experience that most helped me leap forward in every area of my life was “Break Through to Success”- based on principles of success crafted by Jack Canfield for entrepreneurs and the general public. What were the results? First and foremost, I immediately doubled my free time and became twice as productive. I delegated more tasks, scheduled vacations rather than merely thought about them, and hired additional staff that ultimately positioned my business to grow and earn more. And that was just in the first few months. Not only did my business benefit but my family did too. For me, coaching wasn’t just about making more money—although a big part of coaching is focused on making more money, managing it better, and settling on a financial plan that gives you the kind of freedom you want, to pursue the things that you are passionate about. It was about helping me make better decisions for myself and my business.
Why Mentoring Works?
Executive mentors are not for the meek. They’re for people who value unambiguous feedback. If coaches have one thing in common, it’s that they are ruthlessly results-oriented.
Fast Company Magazine
Regardless of whether the program is designed to achieve a specific business goal, for example, increasing your real estate listings—or whether it is specifically designed to help you simply gain more clarity and progress in all aspects of your personal and professional life, a coach can help you to:
• Determine your values, vision, mission, purpose, and goals
• Determine specific action steps to help you achieve those goals
• Help you sort through opportunities
• Keep you focused on your top priorities
• Achieve balance in your life while still accomplishing your business or career goals
As humans, we tend to do only some of what we are required to do but virtually all of what we want to do. A personal coach can help you discover what you truly want to do—and can help you determine the steps and take the actions necessary to get there.
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