Maybe You Need a Coach
A few years ago when the doctor told me my blood sugar was borderline high I was terrified. Having a family history of diabetes and cardiac disease as well as an elevated cholesterol, I knew my risks.
I decided to attack the problem with a vengeance and made a pledge not only to get in shape but to run a 5K race within 3 months. I joined the gym, got a personal trainer (coach) and spoke regularly to a friend of mine who is a life coach.
Well, my initial goal of running a race in 3 months was a little unrealistic (as both coaches pointed out) but within a year I did end up losing almost 25 pounds and ran a 5K race, coming in first in my age group.
There is so much we are coping with in our professional, economic and personal lives these days. No matter what the challenge is (career, personal, health) it just might be a good idea to get a coach. A coach helps you to get clear on your goals, formulate realistic goals, develop action steps and hold you accountable for commitments you make.
A coach's job is to is to help you bring out your best, overcome limitations and move closer to your self-determined goals. A coach is part cheerleader, confidante, conscience and friend.
If you would like to achieve a skill, make a transition, cope with change, strategize about some goal or achieve a breakthrough in some area, consider consulting a coach.
Coaching is certainly not a panacea nor is it a substitute for hard work. But it is just one more tool available (and a powerful one) to make you more successful and self-actualized.