Are you coachable?
Who are the least coachable people in the world? If you said teenagers, I think that you’re right!
I can remember back to my teen aged years. I thought I knew everything. There wasn’t a single person who could’ve convinced me that I was wrong about anything. Oh brother. By the time I was 21, I started to realize that there might be things, in this world, that I didn’t know. By the time I was 25, I realized that I didn’t know much of anything. The older I get, the more I realize that I know virtually nothing.
You can look at the size of the internet and see just how much knowledge there is and how little of that we, as individuals, really know.
The problem is that there are a lot of people who grow up and still believe that they know everything. They are Mr. and Mrs. Knows It All. Now, we may find these types of people obnoxious, but the worst thing is that they usually are not very coachable.
“Coachability is the willingness to be corrected and to act on that correction. When we are coachable, we are prepared to be wrong. We can withstand a high degree of candor. We are willing to let others evaluate — and perhaps even plumb the depths of our performance because we understand that the journey of personal development cannot be traveled alone.”
Is someone who thinks that they already know everything going to be willing to let someone correct what they do? Probably not.
Coaching is basically, watching what someone does in a certain situation and then giving that person feedback. This feedback is in the form of constructive criticism or advice. It’s designed to help the student to be able to do better at whatever task they are attempting.
Many times people will take the feedback as criticism and they will be offended by it. The student being coached must realize that the coach has their best interest at heart and is just trying to help them become better.
Who should hire a coach?
Anyone who wants to get better at what they are doing should find someone to work with them. The problem that most people have is that they think that they should be able to improve themselves, all on their own. The reality is that most people, if given enough time, can get better.
Someone who wants to become a good golfer could go to the local golf range and hit thousands of golf balls. They would get better, as time goes by. They would also need to go to the practice green and practice putting for hours and hours.
The problem with this method is that it takes a long time to get the amount of improvements that most of us would like to have. One could speed this process up, a lot, if they were to take lessons from a professional golf coach.
A golf coach could watch how they are swinging the club and offer suggestions that would greatly speed up their learning.
What I find amazing is that most people would actually hire a coach to learn how to be a better golfer, but when it comes to business, they don’t even consider the possibility.
If you ever decide to hire a coach to teach you how to get better results within your business, find someone who has accomplished what it is that you want do and check as many references from them as possible. Make sure that you find out the good points to the coach’s teaching and the bad things.
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