By Rose Murdock
When Andy Murray changed his coach, first to Ivan Lendl and then to Amelie Mauresmo, his game improved dramatically and he began consistently winning his tennis matches. If you’ve ever played sport at a high level you will completely get the role of the coach. And even if you haven’t, it’s not difficult to understand that everybody can benefit from having a good coach on their side.A coach is professionally trained to assess where you are, understand where you want to be, and help you plan how you’re going to get there.
Here are my top 6 benefits to having a professional coach do that for you.
- Goal setting
It’s easy for all of us to dream big general dreams. It’s easy to say, “I want to be successful, or the biggest, or the best.” Whatever your big dream may be, you need defined and measurable goals along the way to reach that ultimate success. Few people succeed without setting and achieving the goals that will help them turn their dreams into reality.
The role of the professional coach is to help you formulate a clear path to success, to set the goals that will lead you to achieve your dream. A coach will guide you to creating the map to your success, and keep you from getting lost, distracted or defeated along the way.
- You’re no longer alone
Working towards a goal can be a very lonely experience. Whatever your goal, you usually have to work alone, putting in the hours that great success demands. It’s often hard to keep yourself motivated and in the right frame of mind. Having a coach means you have someone who will help you stay on track, hold you accountable and remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing.
It can be very easy to lose yourself in distractions on the road to success. Achieving little milestones along the way – and not achieving them – can derail you quite easily. In addition, it can be difficult to stay single-mindedly focused on one goal while you’re juggling the other responsibilities of daily life. The role of a coach is to help you understand how to prioritise and focus on the things that really matter without getting caught up in the things that won’t help you achieve your goals.
- Managing creativity
When you’re driving yourself, you need to learn how to manage your creativity. You’re either going to struggle to generate new ideas or you’re going to struggle to manage all the ideas you’re generating. You need someone who can help you harness your creativity; someone who can brainstorm with you and who can help you distinguish the good ideas from the bad so that you can stay on track.
- Getting through the tough times
Sometimes you can be so keen to get to the end goal that you don’t deal properly with the here and now. A coach will keep bringing you back to your daily realities, especially those that aren’t always so nice to deal with. While your end goal is your inspiration, some of the steps along the way will no doubt be difficult and this is often where you will value your coach the most. Lots of people will be available to celebrate the good times. Your coach will be available to get you through the tough times it takes to get there.
- Understanding the personal changes you will go through
Setting a new goal, putting in the hours to achieve it, staying focused, enjoying its success: all of these things give rise to personal changes which may take you – and those around you – by surprise. This is where you will see the multi-dimensional role of your coach. Her big picture sensibility can help you make sense of your new role, understand how it impacts your nearest and dearest, and learn how to handle that.