Let’s start with 7 reasons, although there are far more reasons why executive coaching really does make you successful. It’s not the executive coach who makes you successful, it’s the coaching and mentoring process that will help you facilitate and deliver your own results. It’s not who they are, it’s what they do, when they do it right, and if they make it stick.
Here are 7 things your executive coach should coach and mentor you on:
- Goals that are crystal clear and specific. A good coach will challenge you over and over again to be specific and eliminate any fuzziness. Left to our own devices, we are inclined to have vague goals. I have never seen anyone who has not benefited from being challenged to clarify their goals. Clarity is critical. After all, you have a far better chance of achieving a clear goal than a vague one!
- Accountability. Procrastination is the greatest killer of any goal, and we are all guilty of it from time to time. A coach, however, will make you accountable for when you are going to take the necessary action to move your goal along the road to achievement. Left to our own devices, we’re often likely to adapt the “I’ll do it tomorrow” approach, but a coach will keep you on track.
- Objectively measuring progress. A good coach will ensure you have agreed upon milestones to measure your progress and will be the objective assessor of your progress. This, again, ensures that you stay on track, and, very importantly, lets you know what needs to be done in the future to deliver goals on time. The coach exerts that external and objective pressure we all need.
- Raise your glass ceiling. A coach will drive you to achieve what you are capable of, and to break through your limiting beliefs. No matter what, we all have limiting beliefs that determine our glass ceiling. It is the job of the coach to push you to go that little bit further than you think you can. It’s all about growth, and we all need that additional challenge to push us forward.
- Keep your feet to the fire. A coach will motivate, inspire, cajole, and challenge you in a way that will always keep you moving forward to the achievement of your goals. Let’s be honest, we all need this. The greatest performers in all walks of life have coaches and mentors – performance coaching exists in sport, business, the arts, and just about everywhere else. Coaching and mentoring is for the successful people in this world – it is not a sign of weakness!
- Build you achievement muscles. Success, as we said earlier, is a result of what we do, and if we are continually moving toward our goals we are building muscles that will serve us well into the future. Success is born out of good habits, and habitually doing the right things builds the muscles we need.
- Focus. Coaching will ensure that you keep the focus on what will contribute to your achievement. Left to our own devices, we’re inclined to focus on the problems, or the things that get in the way. A coach will banish the habit of accommodating negative thoughts.
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