Is Good, Good Enough for Your Success?
Think of the people you admire for their abilities. People like musicians, athletes and even other business people. There is one thing that people who find success know. It’s what Andy Stanley says in his book, The Next Generation Leader,
“You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be.”
Think about that a moment. Athletes, actors and musicians are surrounded by people who coach and train them. Successful business people surround themselves with people who advise and coach them, too.
Stanley goes on to explain more,
“We all do better when somebody is watching and evaluating … Self-evaluation is helpful, but evaluation from someone else is essential.”
I like this explanation of the characteristics of a good coach – it’s one I believe and do my best to practice in my role as a business coach.
- Care for the People they Coach
- Observe their Attitudes, Behavior, and Performance
- Align Them with Their Strengths for Peak Performance
- Communicate and Give Feedback about their Performance
- Help Them to Improve Their Lives and Performance
In my Speaking Excellence program, one of the most productive strategies for personal speaking development is video recording a talk and then analyzing it with each participant. We can look at the performance and critique it to improve the next performance. That’s one element of what a coach does for their clients.
Even though I personally care immensely for each of my clients, and want them to succeed, I am able to be objective and bring my knowledge, experience and expertise to them in the situations and environments they face.
Just like a massage therapist will explain that massage is not really a luxury, but a developmental tool, so is a business coach. To perform at optimal levels, professionals invest in the resources and tools that will help them achieve that level.
Unfortunately, growth doesn’t just happen. Personal development comes in a variety of forms. The most important part is that you pursue personal development with all the passion you can muster – because that is simply the basis of the success you will find in life – and in business.
One little suggestion for you to ponder – try all sorts of things – read, take a class, join an association or organization, participate in a Mastermind Group. Find what works best for you and is most productive. Then go for it!
To Your Success!