By Horace Hollinshed
To invest in a Coach or not to invest in a coach, that is the question of the day.
Hello folks, my name is Horace H. and I’ve worked with some of the top companies in the United States as a sales trainer and recruiter. A few weeks ago, a close family member of mine came to me and asked if I think it’s worth it to invest in a Coach/Mentor. I was a little taken by surprise as this person had spent thousands of dollars to earn their college degree. After all, isn’t that investing in Coaching?
As I mulled it over I began to ask myself a few questions.
- How does a coach/mentor benefit me?
- What result and I looking to accomplish?
- What timeframe am I looking to accomplish said results?
- Are my goals realistic?
- Is what I’m doing right now really helping me in achieving my goals?
- What do I know about the process?
- How am I going to get over obstacles that come before me?
Now before I go into what I think about these questions, I want you to ask yourself what brought you here today? Have you ever been influenced by anyone in your life to be the best version of yourself as possible? I’m fortunate to have several in my life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without family, friends, teachers and coaches pushing me to be better.
A mentor should be someone who has already been where you are and they have the scars to prove it. They should be in a place that you are striving to be and have a desire to help others get to where they are.
When I posed these questions to myself the answer was obvious, a Coach/Mentor is worth the investment. After all, they’ve already been down the road you want to go down. They should already know the dangers and pitfalls. Good Coaches should know how to help you set realistic goals and bring light to what you may be missing on your own. Keep in mind, you don’t know what you don’t know. Simply put, by investing in your education, you decrease the time it takes you to reach your goals.
How does a mentor benefit me?
A mentor should be able to get you to your goals quicker. They should lessen your learning curb.
What results am I looking to accomplish and quickly to I want to achieve them? Are my goals realistic?
These are questions that require self reflection. I’m not going to go to deep into these, except to say a mentor should help in goal setting.
Are my goals realistic? What am I doing right now to achieve those goals?
In your goals setting sessions, your experienced mentor should be able to sit with you and based on their experience tell you how realistic your goals are and if what you’re doing right now is pushing to that goal.