A tennis coach, golf coach, swim coach, personal coach, business
coach, executive mentor, financial planner, personal trainer, sport
psychology coach. What do all these coaches have in common? Why
work with a coach? A coach won't do the work for you, but here is
how a coach can help launch you to the next level:
1. A coach can be a confidant. You can tell your coach things
you wouldn't tell others, because a coach is trained to understand
and be non-judgmental.
2. A coach can help you see your blind spots. Everyone, even
the coach, has personal areas that are out of view or awareness
until someone points them out. A coach is perfectly poised to perform
this critical function.
3. A coach can provide objective feedback. Other people may
have agendas. Your coach has your best interests in mind in providing
feedback and counsel to you.
4. A coach provides another set of eyes. Even the top performers
in the world have coaches to help them see what they themselves
5. A coach can keep you accountable. Your coach can help
you take on more responsibility by having you report weekly on your
accomplishments and initiatives.
6. A coach can be a sounding board. Your coach can be another
set of ears as you talk about the things that are bothering you.
As you hear yourself have a conversation new personal realizations
7. A coach can be another source of creative ideas. You can
brainstorm and try out new ideas, behaviors and mental processes
as your coach provides a safe place to experiment.
8. A coach can help you create your vision. Your coach can
assist you in developing your plans for success based on your values,
personal strengths, background and assets.
9. A coach can help celebrate your successes and be a source
of strength when you fail. Your coach can be a supportive and
nurturing source of energy.
10. A coach can help you process life. Life is a process
and a good coach can assist you in reviewing and reframing what
happens in your business, your sports and your life!
To learn about sports psychology coaching services offered by Bill
Cole, MS, MA, the Mental Game Coach™, visit www.SportsPsychologyCoaching.com.
Copyright © 2005-2008 Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.
Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority on sports psychology, peak performance,
mental toughness and coaching, is founder and CEO of William
B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps sports teams and individuals
achieve more success. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association, an organization dedicated to advancing
the research, development, professionalism and growth of mental game coaching
worldwide. He is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published author of books and articles,
and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports and big-time
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