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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)
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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 July 21, 2021

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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    No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

    Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

    Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

    A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

    Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

    In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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    From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

    A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

    For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

    This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

    The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

    That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

    Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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    The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

    Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

    But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

    The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

    The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

    A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

    For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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    But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

    If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

    For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

    These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

    For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

    How to Make a Reminder Works for You

    Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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    Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

    Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

    My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

    Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

    I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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    Reference

    [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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