7 Reasons You Might Need a Coach

By Bridgette Petrino | self

Jul 10

A coach is someone who makes false promises and steals your money…

Well, at least that’s what I used to think!

These are the questions that I had before I hired my first coach:

What the hell is a coach? What the hell is the difference between a coach and a counselor? And, why the hell would someone need either?

Oh, and I’ve totally had that conversation with my husband about “you want how much money for what?!”

But, after working with a coach for over a year now, I don’t know if I will ever be without one. The growth that you will experience is priceless.

7 Reasons Why You Might Need a Coach:

  1. You need accountability. Let’s face it, oftentimes we know what we need to do, we just need to be motivated to actually do it.
  2. You can’t get unstuck or you’ve hit a plateau. We can usually only get so far on our own. Once you start feeling “stuck,” it’s time to get coaching.
  3. You need expertise in a subject that you aren’t an expert in. For example, you want to start a business and you have a great idea, but you don’t know how to create a website.
  4. You value your time over your money. Good coaches will cut years off of your learning curve. This is key if you are impatient like me. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes making mistakes is the best lesson, but other times making mistakes is too risky. Waiting a few years might be too late to fix the problem.
  5. What you’re already doing just isn’t working for ya. If you feel like you are running on a hampster wheel and not seeing results, do yourself a favor and hire a coach.
  6. Mindset work. Because validation and self-confidence is so underrated. Coaching is critical to combating self-doubt. Can I get an amen?!
  7. You feel that you have a mission or a purpose or a message that needs to be heard and fulfilled in your life. Something bigger than you. Something in your gut. You know what you want to do, you just need the how.

Think about any professional athlete. They all have a coach. Coaches don’t have the same talent as their student, but they have to ability to empower their students to be their absolute, very best.

Coaching won’t work for you if you:

  • are very resistant to feedback.
  • want immediate results without putting in the work.
  • don’t believe you are worth the investment.
  • aren’t open to trying new things.

And finally, not all coaches are created equal.

Here are a few signs of a good coach:

  • He/she doesn’t fall for your bullshit excuses of why something isn’t working
  • A good coach gets you uncomfortable and doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear.
  • He/she is creative and dynamic.
  • He/she is genuinely rooting for you and not just all about booking another session/making the next sale.
  • A good coach encourages you without making you feel dumb.
  • Finally, he/she will tell you if you aren’t a right fit to work together, or if you should move on to counseling, marriage counseling, or a coach with another specialty.

And, coaches don’t do the work for their students. Michael Phelps’ coach doesn’t swim for him, go to the gym for him, or eat properly for him.

Good coaches bring forth excellence in their clients.

And, let me warn you, working with a coach, or a counselor is HARD!

But, it’s also extremely exciting to experience rapid growth in the right direction.


About the Author

Bridgette is Founder and CEO of Mommy Needs a Timeout. She empowers moms to reconnect with their identities OUTSIDE of being a mom, without the guilt.

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