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Coaching

Achieve more climber

Want to change things but not sure where to start?

What do you really want?

To get better at what you do now?

To get better at selling your ideas – at work, to get that promotion . . .

. . . or at home, to have more say about what goes on!

Or do you want to do something completely different – something you’re more passionate about?

Perhaps you want to start up your own business?

or make your existing business more successful?

Or just build a fund to escape from work altogether?

Perhaps you want to travel more?

Or you just want more time to yourself – to sit and relax and appreciate what you have around you?

Whatever it is that you want – you’ll find it easier (and more fun) if you have a good and trusted coach supporting you.

Do you really need a coach?

Well, according to Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft:

Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether we’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player. We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.

And Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google says:

Every famous performer has a coach. Somebody who can watch what they’re doing and say, ‘is that what you really meant?’ A coach gives you perspective – and that’s the one thing none of us are good at – seeing ourselves as others see us. So a coach really helps.

Okay, but do you need to pay for a coach?

Well, that depends.

A friend or family member may help you achieve what you want, if they can devote the time you need for support, and they have the right skills and knowledge in the area you’re working on.

Otherwise, paying for some time with a good professional coach can pay real dividends.

What should you look for in a coach?

Dan Coyle, best-selling author of ‘The Talent Code’ offers great advice on this question when he says:

Choose someone who listens intently to you.

Look for someone who:

  • Genuinely wants to help you figure out what you want.
  • Loves to teach the fundamentals of what you’re learning about.
  • Can give you short clear insights.
  • And has plenty of real life experience.

And, just as importantly, know who to ‘avoid as a coach’  and . . .

 . . . avoid anyone who reminds you of a courteous waiter

People who just want to keep you comfortable and happy are useless as coaches.

We really don’t learn much when we’re in our comfort zone.

And this can be a problem if we use a friend or family member as our coach. They can be too ‘soft’ on us (or too hard!) and their views may not be the most balanced or objective.

So choose a coach who encourages you (nicely and with a smile!) to get out of your comfort zone.

That way you’ll ‘achieve more’ of what matters to you.

And be sure to choose someone who CAN sit quietly and genuinely listen to your concerns and your ideas.

Too many people talk at us with their pre-conceived ideas.

Very few people really know how to listen . . . but that’s what you need.

A good coach will be your ‘sounding board’ and give you a safe place to ‘explore’ and talk through your challenges and your ideas for your life.

And that helps you focus on the things you want – for yourself or your loved ones.

How might I help

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Well, if you really want to change things in your life, but you’re not sure where to start, then my form of life coaching could be a game-changer for you.

You see, many of us spend a lot of our time (and money) trying to overcome what we consider to be our weaknesses – trying to get good at stuff we’re not interested in.

But that makes no sense at all. Life is easier (and more fun) when we work with our strengths – and stress less about those weaknesses.

So, if we worked together, I would help you to:

  • Understand your strengths – and to work with them / build upon them.
  • Define your goals in areas you’re passionate about
  • Transform your ideas into workable plans and then
  • Challenge and support you to achieve them.

For more information on coaching, you can read my:

Full life coaching brochure here or the short one here

Please be aware that offers of coaching are not guaranteed.

Coaching spaces are limited – so there may be a waiting list.

And, any offer of coaching would only follow an initial (FREE) consultation meeting, where available.

These meetings (or phone/Skype calls) are essential to help us both consider whether my coaching would be right for you.

If I’m not available right now – or my coaching is not suitable for you but  . . .

You’d like more ideas for ‘achieving more’ of what matters to you . . .

And a FREE copy of my ‘5 Steps to Financial Freedom’ 

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And take good care out there

Paul

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