Investing in yourself is always a good idea. We work on ourselves at the gym but so many of us forget to exercise our minds. The uncomfortable truth is that life is always going to be a challenge and we can all benefit from having a coach or a mentor.
The path to success is also a hard and lonely road. Many of your peers and even family may not understand the struggle you’re going through. 5From my own experience, having an experienced, like-minded person to talk to when I was building my businesses made it a bit easier and more fun. It’s all about the journey right?
Many successful leaders, CEOs and entrepreneurs from Oprah to Bill Gates all have coaches or mentors because time is money and we hire coaches to take us to the next level faster than if we were to do it on our own.
Adaptability and resilience are the two most important things to a fulfilling and successful life. This requires a shift in mindset and a widening of perspectives. A good professional career coach will not only help you excel in your career but help you develop a growth mindset to set you up for a lifetime of success while preparing you for anything life is going to throw at you.
Reasons to Hire a Coach:
1) A coach will help you reach your goals and level up faster.
Time is money and a coach will help you reach your aspirations faster. Money can always be made but time is something you can never get back. People often search for instant gratification– aiming for quick results but they will always be mediocre.
If you embody a delayed gratification mindset and learn how to do things correctly, you won’t waste precious time achieving your goals.
2) A coach is unbiased.
Sure you can get advice from your friends but we tend to not listen to people closest to us. We also put more value in things we make an effort towards. If you invest money in coaching, there is an increased chance you will get higher returns.
You need an unbiased coach in your life to help you see your blindspots because your brain is wired to hide them from you. Your brain’s job is to protect you from external AND internal dangers— this includes your own insecurities and feeling of lack. Who wants to feel negative emotion? No one. That’s why we all have blindspots.
3) A coach will see your blind spots.
One of my many philosophies in life is to surround myself with people who will call me out on my faults. We are all victims of our blindsides. By hiring a coach, you will have an unbiased personal cheerleader who will not only help you reach your goals faster but do it in a way where you are not self-sabotaging yourself with unseen bad habits.
4) A coach will help you find clarity.
Life is a constant journey and many of us don’t know what we want. Our aspirations and desires will also change as we approach different seasons in life. A coach will guide you when you get stuck because it’s important to not lose momentum.
A secret I learned is you must be extremely clear on your goals in order to reach them, hence why techniques such as visualization and journaling are so effective.
Coupled with evidence-based neuroscience techniques, a coach can help you “fake it until you make it” the ethical way to help you find clarity.
5) A coach will help you overcome mental blocks.
Mental blocks are from paradigms that have been programmed in your subconscious from birth influenced by your environment, upbringing, and genetics. If you don’t understand your programming, you won’t be able to change your mindset and behavior even if you consciously want to.
6) A coach keeps you accountable.
We all have lazy days where we just don’t want to do anything. A coach will make sure you are maintaining momentum with consistent checkups and encouragement. Essentially, you are paying someone to prevent you from being lazy, but trust me, it’s money well spent.
7) A coach will help you get out of your head.
Most of us don’t understand that our brain’s default mode network will always be biased towards negativity because its only purpose is to help you survive, thus constantly scanning the environment for dangers.
The first step to solving any problem is extreme awareness and cultivating awareness requires constant practice to rewire your thinking. A mindset coach will guide you along that journey.
8) A coach will help you make more money.
It may seem intimidating to spend money on yourself but with the proper coach, you can exponentially increase your earnings. Perhaps because of your upbringing, you may be operating with a scarcity mindset. Understandably, if you’ve always struggled to make ends meet, this will be difficult at first because you are operating from a place of scarcity and need to come over mental blocks that have been subconsciously programmed in your mind since birth.
I came from a middle-class immigrant family where my parents worked multiple jobs but the one thing I noticed from friends with a more abundant or entrepreneurial upbringing is their mindset: successful people know we need to spend money in order to make money.
Knowing this, I shifted my own mindset to operate from a space of abundance but redefining paradigms doesn’t happen overnight.
9) A coach will help you be more attractive.
When I say attractive, I mean in terms of energy.
When you are happy and confident with yourself, you are going to give off a positive energy that’s only going to attract more success because energy is constantly vibrating and never rests.
Like energy attracts like energy.
This may sound “woohoo” to you but we are made of atoms— a dense nucleus that makes up approximately 0.01% while the rest of the atom is 99.99% seemingly “empty space.” However, it’s not empty– we simply can’t see this invisible electrostatic field but it is there— and is currently being investigated by quantum mechanics.
Although controversial because it hasn’t been studied enough and lack of funding, and perhaps technology hasn’t caught up yet, energy-based practices such as reiki and acupuncture have been shown to increase the quality of life.
How to Find a Coach:
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
You are probably reading this because you are ready to level up. I am also aware that I got to where I am by various teachers in my life.
From my own experience, the best way to find a good coach is through word-of-mouth referrals. You may also find coaches on social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook business groups, and even Instagram.
Remember that not all coaches are equal and you should take your time in finding one that suits you because you are going to be spending so much of your energy with that person. If the first one doesn’t work out, don’t feel guilty about finding another one you feel comfortable with because a good coach will understand.
How Much is a Coach
Coaching can range from $150 – $750+ (up to the thousands) per hour based on many factors such as experience. A life coach may cost less than a business or executive coach.
Remember, you get what you pay for and anything invested in yourself is time and money well spent.
This is another characteristic of a growth mindset because we see energy as currency. We live in a cyclic universe and what you put in, you get out.
How Coaching Works
To maximize value from coaching, an ongoing relationship with your coach is the key to achieving our goals and creating long-term positive change in your life. Different coaches have different approaches such as scheduled one-on-one coaching sessions (weekly, biweekly or monthly), email or text follow-ups between sessions, homework such as journaling and goal tracking through various online software.
You and your coach should work together to create a program that works best for both of you to keep you accountable.
When you are finally getting everything you want in life knowing that you have earned it by putting it in hard work, your quality of life— mind, body, and soul will substantially improve. Our brains tend to hold more significance towards hardships and challenges we experience over the “easy and happy” times because we feel the most fulfilled when we grow.
It is hard work to finally decide to invest in yourself, and once you do, you’re only going to reach your aspirations faster and are going to feel accomplished. Embody an abundant growth mindset and understand that energy invested in yourself only guarantees momentous returns.