In my experience coaching top entrepreneurs, I’ve found that the most successful entrepreneurs have fierce intuition, yet rely on feedback from trusted coaches and advisors. If you’ve grown accustomed to running your business on an island without feedback, you may be selling yourself short. When leaders and entrepreneurs stop taking advice, it can be difficult for them to recognize blind spots.
A talented coach will help illuminate the challenges you’re facing and elicit your highest potential. But working with the best coach in the world won’t help if you’re not coachable to begin with. Below we’ll review three traits that suggest you’re a coachable person, with the ability to benefit from leadership and entrepreneur coaching. If you don’t yet possess these traits, don’t worry; they can be cultivated with the right attitude and an intense desire for a better result.
1. You’re Ready for the Honest Truth
Coaching is often both inspiring and painful. The truth can hurt sometimes, but it’s necessary to create significant progress. If you’re looking for camaraderie or support, a coach isn’t the right avenue. But if you’re serious about making big things happen in your business and can handle a dose of reality, an objective perspective will be powerful.
Often, entrepreneurs come to a coach when they’re at a crossroads. Maybe they didn’t hit the business goals they set. Or, maybe they’ve found success, yet it doesn’t bring the levels of satisfaction expected. A coach will work with you to clearly see the reasons things didn’t go according to plan, and help you think through the tools necessary to become more efficient and adaptable in the future.
2. You Realize You’re in Control of Your Life
Coaching is as powerful as the action you are willing to take. If you enjoy justifying the reason things went wrong or blaming results on factors outside your control, you’re wasting your money. Coachable people deeply believe that their life and their career are entirely in their own hands.
A coach is a resource who will help you take effective action and avoid obstacles that might derail your success. A person who is open to coaching is humble enough to know what they don’t know, but strong enough to believe they can create what they want. When they partner with a talented coach trained to help them succeed, the results are explosive.
3. You Don’t Believe in Quick Fixes
Coachable entrepreneurs are looking to strike at the roots, not the leaves. They’re ready to invest in long-term strategies that will lead to long-term growth. Although coaching can provide massive breakthroughs and sharp increases in revenue and profits, the process takes dedication and hard work.
If you know it’s time to invest in a coach, make sure you have the right mindset and are ready to roll up your sleeves and be coachable. Combining hard work, discipline, and a coach who has been there will allow you to get the results you desire while receiving the highest return on your investment.
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About Mark Moses
Mark Moses is the Founding Partner of CEO Coaching International and the Amazon Bestselling author of Make Big Happen. His firm coaches over 100 of the world’s top high-growth entrepreneurs and CEO’s on how to dramatically grow their revenues and profits, implement the most effective strategies, becoming better leaders, grow their people, build accountability systems, and elevate their own performance. Mark has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Blue Chip Enterprise award for overcoming adversity. His last company ranked #1 Fastest-Growing Company in Los Angeles as well as #10 on the Inc. 500 of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. He has completed 12 full distance Ironman Triathlons including the Hawaii Ironman World Championship 5 times.