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Why a Coach is Critical For Your Personal Development and How to Find One

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

Success is never easy or fast, it takes long days and even longer nights, but there are ways to make it a little better for you. A lot of times we get hung up on trying to do things ourselves for the sake of saying we made it happen on our own. That logic and way of thinking is the very definition of a limiting belief. Needing help and not asking for it is one of the quickest ways to remain unsuccessful.

On the other hand, maybe you’re embarrassed to reach out to a potential mentor or coach, because you might feel as if you failed at your vision. On yet another hand, (humor me for a minute), you just don’t know where or how to look.

No matter what your personal or professional goals are, there is a mentor or coach that can help guide you and make the process a lot smoother than it would be if you were doing things alone. There are coaches for everything from gardening to self-esteem, you name it, there’s a coach for it. So needless to say, it won’t be too hard to find someone.

What I found out about coaches:

  1. Most of them are genuinely passionate about helping the people they were tasked to serve, and it shows in their work. They know that people matter, are not solely motivated by money.

● For example, in the early moments of both my personal and professional development journey I was unsure and confused about the direction I was heading and how to get there. I had been following a few different coaches, I took all the free trainings, watched all the free videos/webinars, and joined all the free groups I could in order to grab all the crumbs they were dropping.

I even took advantage of some of the cheaper services they offered from time to time. I finally got the opportunity to work with one of the coaches that I had been following for several years.The biggest impact the experience had was that it taught me that not all coaches are created equal, and many of them have no real interest in you or your goals, the most important thing for them is their bottom line.

It took finding and hiring the right coach, one that cared about my growth, that not only showed me the way but gave me the blueprint I was looking for that helped me gain the clarity I needed to understand what my goals were and how to achieve them.

  1. Coaches know what matters. A coach has done what you want to do or is at least an expert on what it takes to reach the goals you have set for yourself. Consider that many of the world’s greatest coaches weren’t always wildly successful starting out. However, they knew how to make their clients successful.

  2. Coaches can help you to avoid mistakes. Mistakes slow progress, and can discourage you from moving forward.

● There are different types of mistakes, such as: working on projects that don’t matter at that time, failing to give something the proper priority, doing the wrong thing, or doing the right thing the wrong way.

● A coach will help keep you focused and pointed in the right direction. Some mistakes are inevitable, but there some that can be avoided if you have the right information and skills you need. They also help to correct the ones you have already made.

  1. A good coach is an ally. The right coach is always on your side. If you need a cheerleader, they are there for you. A shoulder to cry on? Your coach is available. Your friends and family can come to resent your success, and won’t support or encourage you, but your coach is always happy when you’re successful.

  2. A coach will push you to your best self. We often fail to push ourselves when we manage ourselves. We allow limiting beliefs, fear, and self-doubt to keep us stagnant and unable to move forward. A coach will push you to develop, whether personally or professionally, when you are unwilling or just can’t to push yourself.

● In some cases, your coach might push you to be patient and slow down.

  1. A coach saves you some time. All of these advantages serve to save time. The right coach will help you to develop fully and can make the road to success a little smoother.

So, how can you find a coach that’s right for you?

  1. First, and foremost, you must be clear on what you want, what you’re looking for, and what you’re prepared to do to reach your goals. What is your goal? Do you want to raise your confidence? Change your mindset? And what is it going to take to get there?

What do you want your coach to do for you? What type of personality do you mesh with well? Whom do you respect in that field?

  1. Ask around. Check with some of your friends or colleagues to see if they can recommend if they can point you in the right direction. You’d be surprised who your social circle knows or who they are following on social media.

  1. Do research. There are coaches on every one of the social media platforms so it’s going to be easy to one that’s right for you. Set a goal to find the ideal coach and start looking for them. They are definitely out there.

  2. Make contact. Finding them is useless, and you’ll never know what they can do for you unless you reach out. As I said before, there is a coach that can help you with every area you are struggling with. From self-esteem, to building a business, there is someone for you.

Investing in a coach is investing in yourself. Imagine having an expert to guide, teach, and provide constructive criticism. A mentor can save you from experiencing the overwhelm that lack of clarity can cause, you just have to be willing to seek them out and do the work.

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About Angela M Mitchell

Angela M Mitchell is the founder and CEO of Back to her. She is also a Certified Master Life & Personal Development Coach, a mental health advocate, and a Co-Author in the international best-selling collaborative masterpiece, The Image in The Mirror. She received a degree in Healthcare Administration from Bryant and Stratton College and has since dedicated her life to advocating for women who live with mental health disorders.

Angela also assists women entrepreneurs to acknowledge their struggles, change the narrative of the stories they tell, and rewrite them so that they can become deliberate, not desperate, creators of their own life's story.

She guides them through a process of self-discovery that leads them to reignite their passions and to rediscover their God-Given purpose so that they can achieve the success they desire in their personal and professional life.

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