There is no difference between a great Olympic athlete and a great successful businessman or woman. Every athlete knew what they wanted in life from the very beginning – and most likely realized it at a very young age. They understood their “Why,” the reason for why they do what they do and why they wanted to do it. They may not have understood the ‘How’ yet.
The ‘How’ is the process, steps, and procedures they must use in order to achieve the ‘Why.’ It may sound a little daunting, but here is the bottom line. Each athlete and successful businessman or woman has a strong sense of self-awareness and motivation as it is in their hearts, just like the Olympic athlete. They may know what they want, but may require some assistance in figuring out how to get there.
This is where the coach comes in. The coach goes for the heart, spirit and drive of the athlete. He/she brings it all to the forefront. Every successful athlete had to become coachable; they knew they couldn’t handle the obstacles and training on their own, so they needed a champion, a confidant, and a mentor to help them navigate through the obstacles and failures on the road to success.
Every great athlete understands the importance of team work, loyalty to the craft, and loyalty to the ‘self’ and character. In the business world, it’s important to add loyalty to the company mission statement. So, just as an athlete has a coach, more and more companies have team or executive coaches to help achieve this level of success, both on a personal and professional level.
This is why hiring the right coach is vital to the company’s growth and success. The right coach, as with any professional, should be able to relate to the client, understand the client’s needs and provide a safe, confidential environment that brings out the best of the organization.