When we are young, we always have a coach in our lives. We have teachers, sports coaches, instrument coaches, and language coaches. Why is it that once we become adults, we often think we are too big and wise to have a coach? A coach is an individual that can guide us to where we want to go, an individual who has made the mistakes so that we do not have to.
It is essential to have a coach in every aspect of your life that you want to improve. If you're going to become a better athlete, improve your boxing skills, or find a new career, you will need to find the coach who is right for you. For example, I'm a health and fitness coach, but I've invested in marketing coaches, business coaches, and even other fitness coaches to evolve and improve myself continually.
5 reasons that you need a coach
1. Fast Track Your Results
No doubt about it, you might be able to get the results you want, but how long will it take you? How much time do you have to make the mistakes? There is a ton of content out there, and it's going to take you hours to watch these videos on YouTube, research, and figuring out what works for you. For a young kid who has plenty of time and no money and is interested in building their career in the fitness industry, that is fine. If you have other commitments, you probably don't want to spend every hour trying to work out what will and won't work. Everyone chooses to specialize in their field, stick to what you are good at, and don't be afraid to ask for help where you need it. You can work with a coach who has already done the fieldwork, they've done all their research and made the mistakes already. Their primary role is to fast track you to get the results that you want.
2. Reduce the Chance of Getting Injured
For many people who are new to weight training, it can very quickly end up injuring yourself to perform exercises incorrectly. The same is true for people that want cardio, so they go running. Most people have never done training on running techniques, usually have a weak core, and if they are overweight, it will put pressure on both their muscles and joints that aren't strong enough to cope with yet. Working with a professional coach will ensure that you understand the correct technique and common errors so that you are less likely to injure yourself. Once you are injured, you can't do anything, lose motivation, and your transformation is short-lived.
3. Coaches Will Ask You Both the Hard and Right Questions
When you haven't got a coach, it is unlikely that you're going to ask yourself some of the hard questions that you need to get the results that you want. We are often surrounded by friends and family who love us but don't want to hurt our feelings. They don't want to ask us the hard questions or tell us what we don't want to hear because they fear it will negatively impact the relationship. If you invest your time and your money into someone whose primary role is to get you results, they will worry less about the impact it has on the relationship as they know deep down that when you achieve your goals, you will be grateful to them. While every coach wants to build a connection with their student, they understand they are not there to be their best friends. If you aren't willing and ready to take the right advice from your coach, you may need to ask yourself how important your goals are to you.
4. Coaches Hold You Accountable
Accountability is probably one of the biggest reasons I think everyone should have a coach. Even people who are self-motivated and self-disciplined can use that kick up the ass at the right time, the same way they can need a pat on the shoulder or a hug at another time. A good coach will keep you accountable and remind you of why you are putting in the hard work when times get tough. Quite often, they won't need to kick you up the ass, and they will need to give you a few words of wisdom to provide that fire in the belly. I believe that every single individual on this Earth will do better with another individual firing them up. A great example is being a part of a team. In a team sport, every single one of your teammates and your coach is going to hold you accountable, because if you're not putting the work, you're letting yourself down, too. That is the same thing with a coach, and if the coach is putting the work in to provide you with the tools to help you succeed and they want you to achieve your goals, they will stay on top of you. They are going to know if you're not doing the work, and then it comes down to how bad do you want the goal you have set for yourself. The coach is going to ask you how bad you want this because if you're not going to put the work in, they might lift you once or twice, but if you don't want it, then it is a waste of time for everyone.
5. Coaches Will Help You To Build Your Own Road Map
Again is another crucial point coaching, a great coach won't give you all the answers, but they will provide you with the right questions. They will help you to build your road map to success rather than just laying it out in front of you. For me, as a coach, it is about asking questions that are going to get you thinking. It is about providing you with the tools and educating you so that one day when you don't have the coach there, you have the knowledge and expertise to start mapping out exactly where you want to go by yourself. The number one reason people need a coach is that they want to get somewhere and don't know how to get there. Therefore, they will invest in someone who has the knowledge and experience to help guide them in building that route so that they can become successful and achieve the goals they want.
Coaches are extremely valuable, and if you want to get somewhere, and you want to fast track your route to success, do not be afraid to invest. Do your research and find the right coach who fits what you need, while knowledge and experience are essential, a connection can also be meaningful.