Saturday, 15 December 2018

Why a coach is invaluable for achieving goals

WE all need to develop and grow as we progress through life. There are lots of great opportunities to realise

WE all need to develop and grow as we progress through life. There are lots of great opportunities to realise our potential. Engaging with a coach allows you to make the most of these opportunities. Whether you want to evolve your life, or have a complete change of direction, a great coach is essential.

You must first choose your objective — whether it is to improve physical performance, lose weight or effect changes in your career or personal relationships. Think about how you want to show up differently in your life, and think about what you’d like to accomplish before interviewing prospective coaches. Be open to your goals evolving as you move further into the process. Ask yourself:

l What do I want to get out of this experience?

l What capacities do I want to build or acquire?

l How would I experience myself differently?

l What would be different at the end of this process? For me? For my company? For my family or others?

The next step is to search for the right coach for you — not your friends but you! Tell each prospective coach about your initial goals and ask tough questions about the coach’s background and relevant experience, qualifications, and skills. The coach’s philosophy and practical approach, how the coach will assess you and measure and track progress, how the two of you will agree on outcomes and criteria for success. A clear outline is needed so you understand where you are going.

You should feel an instant connection with your prospective coach. You should feel clear and energised and have learned something new about yourself, even after the initial conversation. If, on the other hand, you were confused or uninspired then look elsewhere.

Once you have made your choice get started as soon as you can. Learn to act on your impulses and stick with them. Be really specific with your coach, and make it measurable. Your coach will help you with the reality of achievement. For example if you want to lose a stone, a realistic target time would be three months, but you must track exercise and your calorie intake, otherwise you’re wasting both your time and your coach’s. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

All great achievers have great coaches. I have had and currently have several. Never be afraid of asking for help, never be afraid of failure and trust yourself. Take a good look at yourself, assess your strengths and weaknesses and do something about it. A coach makes you see you clearly — but only you can open your eyes and wake up!

lRichard Hawkins is a personal trainer at Expert Fitness Studio on Bell Street. Contact (01491) 413416 or go to

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