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5 Areas of Your Life Where You Need a Coach (And Where to Find Them)

5 Areas of Your Life Where You Need a Coach (And Where to Find Them)

The world’s top performers today push themselves harder to achieve results that are unimaginable to the average individual.

How do they do it?

They have a coach to support them.

Think about Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, Marc Benioff. These are the leaders in their respective fields of sports, politics, and business, with advisors or coaches to support their every move.

But it’s not just the top-performers who need coaches in their lives, it’s all of us who want to become a top-performer in anything we want to succeed in.

What is coaching

Coaching is simply a relationship between two people, where one (coachee) is learning and guided by the other (coach) who has a specific expertise in an industry or topic.

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The difference between the mentoring and coaching, is that the latter is a relationship built on equal status and a highly targeted focus on achieving a specific goal for the coachee. This is in contrast to most mentoring relationships, where the mentee is often referred to as lower status, and the relationship is around receiving general advice without an attached goal nor much accountability to support it.

Think back to your days of working with a soccer, basketball, or football coach. Not only was there an accountable relationship between the two of you, but there was a goal that you were both incentivized on — to win.

Why you need one

Coaching is often focused on psychology and developing the mindset to achieve your goals, as well as practical frameworks to increase your success.

It varies from sports, business, health, relationships, career, languages and so on, but the benefits are clear. Coaching helps you achieve what you want faster, whether it’s to win a championship, become fluent in a language, or grow your business.

According to a research done on the ROI of coaching, 84% of recipients reported that it generated improvements in their performance, targets, and goals. While 79% claimed that it allowed a fuller use of their individual talents and potential.

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    There are coaches that charge over $1 million a year to work with them, but unless you’re the President, a professional athlete, or a high executive, you won’t pay even close to that.

    In fact, here are 5 areas of your life where you should have a coach without breaking the bank (and where to find them)

    5 areas you need a coach

    1. Business

    Business coaching is definitely one of the fastest growing industries in coaching, as there is a clear positive financial ROI attached to it.
    In a world where 1/10 businesses are failing, any advantage you can have to become the top 10% is well worth the investment.

    Cost Range: $500/month to $50,000/month

    Where to find them: The best place to look for business coaches is to find leaders or experts in your industry that you respect (offline or online).
    Most will be titled under “Consultants” not coaches under their “Work With Me” pages and you can reach out to them for one-on-one coaching.
    The other is personal references from friends or colleagues that have achieved a level of success you want to achieve, and asking them for introductions. A few other places to look online are: E-myth coaching or WABC (Worldwide Association of Business Coaching).

    2. Career & Life

    Whether we’re going through a career transition or just beginning our journey, we all need guidance from someone who has been there.
    Career coaching is about digging deep into not only your goals, but what would create a fulfilling life for you, and creating a sustainable strategy to help you achieve it.

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    Cost Range: $500/month $10,000/month

    Where to find them: Finding a career coach can be the same process as finding a business coach: someone you admire or through a personal reference. If non of those applies to you, then I would personally recommend checking out one of Tony Robbins’ coaches. It starts as little as $500/month, with qualified coaches around the world.

    3. Health & Fitness

    This is an industry that is already popularized for its coaching benefits. We often refer to them as trainers, but the relationship is one between a coach and a coachee. Whether it’s losing weight or simply eating healthier to increase your energy levels throughout the day, having a health coach will create a plan for you to workout smarter and eat healthier.

    Cost Range: $200/month to $1,000/month

    Where to find them: Most gyms have personal fitness coaches that you can work with, where they’ll create personalized workout plans for you. If you’re looking for a health coach to design your nutrition plan, and don’t mind working virtually, check out Precision Nutrition or Rise.

    4. Language learning

    Most of us have learned a second language in one time or another, whether it was in school, for traveling, or for personal reasons. However, most of us never reach fluency, and the biggest reason for that is: lack of accountability. Language learning is no different from succeeding in sports or business —  have a specific goal you want to reach, and work with a coach to guide you through each step and keep you accountable.

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    Cost Range: $35/month to $200/month

    Where to find them: Language learning through a coach is the cheapest option out of the ones we’ve mentioned. Most people that need coaches are those that lack time in their schedules, so working with a coach virtually is the recommended option. This way, you don’t have to worry about commuting back and forth, without limiting yourself to coaches in your local city.

    5. Money & Finance

    Unless you studied Finance or Accounting in college, you’ve probably never learned how to manage or invest your money. This is a huge gap in the education industry, and a topic that even the educated need more coaching on. Instead of a coach, these experts are called financial advisors, planner, or fiduciarys.

    Cost Range: ~1% of managed assets, hourly fee (varies), or retainer (varies)

    Where to find them: A great place to start is to ask your colleague or friend for referrals or head over to NAPFA to find fee-only advisors.

    Over to you

    Which of these coaches will you be using to improve your life and reach your full potential?

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    Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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    Last Updated on April 19, 2021

    The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

    The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

    Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

    The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

    Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

    In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

    When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

    Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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    1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

    When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

    As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

    That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

    The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

    What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

    Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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    There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

    So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

    2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

    When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

    No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

    3. Move Your Body

    A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

    It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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    So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

    4. Connect With Another Person

    Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

    One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

    Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

    5. Use Your Imagination

    When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

    That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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    And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

    Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

    Final Thoughts

    Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

    Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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