Time is such a precious and finite commodity.
Are you spending it in the most effective way possible?
Do I Need a Coach?
My direction in life was radically and permanently changed by the enlisting of a coach to help me build a better me.
I have almost 28 years as a Navy SEAL (12 years Enlisted and 15 as an Officer), a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership with a concentration in Leadership Coaching, and have been a board-certified coach for a little more than five years, but until recently have not experienced having a personal coach.
I thought I could navigate this world on my own with my existing knowledge and experience.
A desire for constant improvement inspired me to engage a coach who was able to help me discover greater potential and solutions to life’s challenges. It was incredibly empowering and freeing to know my coach’s only agenda was to come alongside me and focus on my story.
His ability to listen without judgement and ask powerful questions helped me shape a plan to get from where I was at to a destination that would be the man I wanted to be for my bride, my daughter, and those around me.
In my heart I knew a better me would maximize the time I have to spend as a husband, father, leader, teammate, and friend.
Having a coach as a passenger for a time helps me live the most fulfilling life.
This quote sums it up well for me:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”
– Hunter S. Thompson
A Coach is a Guide on Your Journey
Along my life’s journey, like most people, I have faced valleys and plateaus in leadership, management, following, teaming, performance, relationships, and effective communication with others.
If we take a truthful, introspective look in the mirror, we can all fill in the blank with something.
Inviting a coach to come alongside me as a guide helped me discover greater potential and journey through some of life’s challenges.
It allowed me to move to a place of greater performance and significance while making the peaks higher and life more fulfilling.
I see coaching as having someone come alongside you to help you move from where you are to where you would like to be.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
The ICF has been conducting ongoing research as to the importance and benefits of coaching and how coaching improves performance, self-perception, relationships, and overall communication.