“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” Oprah Winfrey
I have personally been amazed by the increased level of my own performance through the use of an accountability partner.
Whether you call them coaches, mentors or partners, they are among the most important people in your life.
My definition of a coach is someone who collaborates WITH you to help you achieve, and EXCEED your goals quickly and efficiently. A coach challenges your self-limiting attitudes and inspires you to strive for new levels of greatness in your life while holding you accountable for your actions.
In my experience, a coach will provide you with 3 critical components that will drive you to success; Motivation, Inspiration and Education.
Motivation. Whether you are a highly motivated self-starter or the world’s worst procrastinator, your coach provides instant motivation by simply being aware of your intentions. If you say you are going to finish a task by a certain date but tell no one, it is very easy to miss the deadline and let yourself off the hook using excuses. If you set a clear and measurable goal WITH your coach and ask him/her to hold you accountable, a whole new variable has entered the equation… your personal PRIDE.
In my experience, most people find it very painful to admit to someone else that they failed to uphold a commitment. Since this is the case for most of us, LET’S USE THIS to our advantage! Your coach is someone who will hold you accountable and ensure you are staying committed to yourself and your dreams.
Inspiration. A coach also provides the added benefit of an entirely new perspective on your life. The way YOU see yourself and the way your coach sees you is going to differ. If you are locked in on a limiting belief that has been preventing you from achieving your full potential, your coach will point this out to you. Sometimes we need someone else to first believe in us so that we can believe in ourselves. When you have a high quality coach working with you, he/she can provide the inspiration to help you see the potential in yourself that you may not yet have noticed.
Education. If you want to receive full benefit from a coach, you must be willing to be a learn it all’ (as opposed to a know-it-all’). If you are prepared to be a student of success and learn from your coach, there are literally no limits to what you can accomplish. This does not mean that your coach has mastered life and has the key to infinite, universal wisdom. All it means is that your coach is someone who is also committed to success and has plenty of life experience to share that will help you with your goals and aspirations. Work together with your coach and keep an open mind and you will see the results in your life changing faster than you could ever imagine!