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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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    Last Updated on October 17, 2018

    7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

    7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

    How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

    If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

    Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

    So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

    1. Meditate

    We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

    Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

    Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

    Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

    Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

    If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

    And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

    2. Get plenty of sleep

    If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

    If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

    How much sleep should you be getting?

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    Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

    Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

    Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

    Yes, there are.

    Try these three things:

    • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
    • Don’t eat too late
    • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

    Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

    However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

    3. Challenge your brain

    When was the last time you challenged your brain?

    I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

    To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

    Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

    There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

    • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
    • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
    • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

    If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

    Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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    4. Take more breaks

    When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

    At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

    However, I was wrong.

    Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

    Let me explain.

    Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

    Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

    It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

    It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

    What’s the answer?

    Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

    If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

    5. Learn a new skill

    I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

    “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

    From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

    Let me give you an example of this:

    Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

    Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

    The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

    Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

    Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

    6. Start working out

    If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

    Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

    Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

    “But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

    Not a problem.

    A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

    Interested in getting started?

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    Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

    • Join a gym
    • Join a sports team
    • Buy a bike
    • Take up hiking
    • Dance to your favorite music

    7. Eat healthier foods

    I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

    This applies to your brain too.

    The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

    Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

    Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

    Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

    • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
    • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
    • Nuts – improves memory
    • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
    • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

    Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

    Final thoughts

    I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

    You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

    But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

    Featured photo credit: Eric Ward via unsplash.com

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