Run down the mental list of the people in your life that you admire. There are probably some athletes, politicians, entertainers, and most likely your mom or dad. Now think about how they came about finding their success. There is one thing that people who find success know.
If you pick up The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley, you’ll find this quote which gives us all something to think about:
“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.”
Let’s think on that for a moment. Athletes, actors and musicians have people who have dedicated their lives to training them. They’re actually paid to do it. You’ll find that all successful business people surround themselves with people who advise and coach them, too. That’s where the need for business consultants come from and why they’re in such high demand.
Stanley goes on to explain:
“We all do better when somebody is watching and evaluating … Self-evaluation is helpful, but evaluation from someone else is essential.”
This explanation of what a coach does is something that I use to remind myself daily about reflecting and really looking at your own self. It’s something that I believe in and do my best to practice in my role as a business coach. Coaches should bring objective perspective to personal development. Their main goal is caring for those they coach by observing their attitudes, behavior and performance. Only then can you align them with their strengths to reach their peak performance and even then, you should be communicating and providing feedback. Your role is helping them improve their lives and how they perform their job.
As a coach, one of the most productive strategies I have found that truly helps with personal speaking development is video recording a talk and then analyzing it with each participant. We view it together, critique it together, and talk about where there is room for improvement. This is one element of what a coach should be doing for their clients. I care for each and every client that walks through my door and want nothing but the best for them. I want every single client of mine to be their best and succeed. But I am able to be objective and bring my knowledge, experience and expertise to them in the situations and environments they face.
If you ask a massage therapist, they will explain that massages aren’t a luxury, but a developmental tool. This also applies to business coaches. If you want to perform at optimal levels, professionals must invest in the resources and tools that will help them achieve that goal.
Unfortunately, as we all know, growth doesn’t just happen overnight. We all wish we could snap our fingers and immediately be different or better. Personal development comes in a variety of forms. The only important part to truly remember along the journey is that personal development must be treated with all the passion you can muster. The reason for that is simply because the basis of any success you will find in life and in business begins with an undying passion.
Here’s something for you to ponder:
Are you trying all sorts of new things? Have you read a new book lately? Or have you taken a class? Have you thought about joining an association or organization? Immerse yourself in the world around you and you will find what works best for you and is most productive. Then all you have to do is go for it!