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When considering working with a coach, what are some of the key things you should be looking for?

There are moments in life when we need help from others. Times we realise that to overcome an obstacle or move closer towards achieving a goal, that our own perspective isn’t enough.

When we recognise that we need to elicit the input of someone else.

As much as its good to talk with friends and family, an unbiased set of ears can prove to be a huge benefit when trying to work through a problem or determine how to get better results.

Over the years, when I’ve got to this point, I’ve benefited from working with other coaches who’ve helped me to work towards reaching different goals.

What do coaches do?

A lot of people aren’t sure about what a coach does. You may have heard terms like career coaching, life coaching, and fitness coaching, but still aren’t clear.

Some assume that a coach’s role is to guide them to where they want to get to. Others think of a coach as one who gives instructions or directions. For others, coaching is perceived as gleaning wisdom from an expert in a particular field.

Although each of these can add value, they’re not coaching in its purest form. Pure coaching is different. And I believe its this difference that makes its so powerful.

In his book, The Inner Game, Harvard Educationalist and tennis expert, Timothy Gallwey, defined coaching as,

“Unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”

From this we can conclude that the most effective coaches don’t give instructions or directions. They’ll hold the view that with the right facilitation, individuals are capable of unlocking their own potential.

So with that, when considering working with a coach to help you to unlock some barrier or take steps to greater success, what are some of the things you should be looking for?

Here are three suggestions:

1. A good coach will have high expectations

A good coach will believe that you’re capable of achieving more than you are at the moment.

Look for a coach who not only believes that you’re able to continually develop your potential, but who is also committed to your success.

This is key because when you start to question your own capabilities, you’ll need a coach that believes in your potential to make it through.

2. A good coach with value accountability

Along with having high expectations, a good coach will help you to take a closer look at how you’re getting in your own way of progress.

Though at times challenging, without working with a coach who’ll ask the questions that encourage honest self-evaluation, your progress will be limited.

If you truly want to succeed, you can’t afford to underestimate the power of coaching.

Your success could depend on having a performance coach who’ll hold you accountable and nudge you beyond your comfort zone.

3. A good coach will be goal-orientated

I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth repeating, “Intentions without actions are meaningless.”

An effective performance coach knows this. So after clarifying what’s most important to you, a good coach will help you to move from intention to action.

By supporting you in setting SMART goals, a good coach will focus your attention to turning your actions into actual results.


So when considering working with a coach, these are the three things I believe you should be thinking about when choosing a performance coach that’s right for you.

1) Choose a performance coach who has high expectations, believes in your potential, and who is committed to your success

2) Choose a performance coach who values accountability, is willing to ask tough questions, and who nudges you beyond comfort

3) Choose a performance coach who is goal-orientated and will help you to move from intention to action, and from action to actual results

Working with a performance coach who has these attributes will increase the chances of you achieving your goals and becoming a better version of yourself.

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Question: What else would you consider to be important when finding a coach that’s the right fit for you?

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