In almost exactly 5 years of blogging on Life Coaching and self development I have never run back-to-back guest posts before.
Then earlier this week as I was scrambling to get a load of things done, not least of which is my latest book, when a juicy guest post dropped in my inbox.
Before I get to that, I do want to give you the heads up about the book. It is a really in-depth look at values and aimed at people who ultra-serious about self development and other Life Coaches.
Although it won’t be going on official sale for 3 or 4 weeks, I am going to run a special offer for my blog and newsletter readers next week.
It’s a juicy one, honest, so I hope you’ll pop back then and take advantage of it.
In the meanwhile, I’ll hand things over to Clint Cora and get back to finishing this book.
The Short Cut To Success
I was speaking to a neighbor who has been working on an internet business idea for quite some time and I asked him if he uses a mentor or coach.
I wanted to find out whom he learns from since I have some interest in this area as well. He basically told me that he doesn’t use other people and that he prefers to learn on his own.
Of course, he proceeded to ramble off all these technical terms that I, as a non-techie, didn’t understand. He’s one of these programmer types who always want to try and impress others with their tech talk. At the same time, judging from his progress so far, his venture is nowhere near getting off the ground.
When I Tried To Do Everything On My Own
I could somehow relate to my neighbors situation. There were many times when I tried to do certain projects insisting on learning everything on my own without anybody’s help.
As predicted, many times these projects didn’t get anywhere and the ones that were successful, took a heck of a long time to complete.
In one case, I was training on my own quite regularly to get from being a Level 1 certified to a Level 2 ski instructor.
Despite the hours I was putting on the ski slopes, I didn’t really seem to be significantly improving. This is not unusual since most snow skiers plateau out in terms of skills at some stage in their development.
Then I decided that I would take a special one-on-one training session with a senior instructor.
Well, this guy saw something in my skiing that I never even noticed before. It turned out that my weight transfer from one leg to the other was too late in my ski turn. Without getting too technical, my timing was off.
This is something that I never realized and none of my ski friends who were skiing at my level noticed either. They were probably doing the same thing as I was.
It took the eyes of a more experienced ski coach to bring out in the open what was really happening in my skiing. Fortunately, this was a quick and easy correction that resulted in a huge difference in my ski technique.
A similar thing happened during my quest to become a karate world champion. I was doing okay on the tournament circuit winning on a regular basis but not as consistently as I would have wanted. I just blamed it on unfair judges whenever I lost.
Then during one training session as a member of the Canadian National Karate Team, the coach told me that I was trying to do too many different karate techniques at once. He said that I should focus on the strong ones and leave out the weaker moves.
At first, I didn’t really know what to think of his feedback but when I reviewed video footage of my techniques afterwards with his comment in mind, he was absolutely right!
I was stunned!
I just couldn’t see where my weaker techniques were since I was too close to my own usual ways.
As soon as I stripped away the weaker techniques and just focused on the ones I did really well, I became a much more consistent winner.
I needed some external expert eyes to look at what I was doing objectively.
Even The Hall Of Famers Needed Coaching
NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan once said that even though he achieved pretty well everything that he hoped to achieve in basketball, he claimed that he still needed to play all those years of pro basketball under the watchful eyes of coaches.
It was through his coaches where he got valuable feedback that allowed him to excel on the basketball court.
When I was developing my main keynotes as a motivational speaker, I made sure that I had some trusted colleagues who were well versed in public speaking to listen to my first versions in front of live audiences.
Their feedback enabled me to turn my keynotes into their present forms today, which are significantly superior to the original versions.
Their extra ears and eyes on both myself as a speaker as well as the reactions from the audience gave me some much needed perspective that I otherwise would not have had. This is one of the real values of having a coach or a mentor.
Coaches Can Be Invaluable For Almost Anything In Life
This concept of using coaches or mentors for their eyes and ears (plus experience) can work for pretty well anything in life.
It can mean the difference between business success and failure when business mentors are used. Personal life issues can also be overcome much easier with the help of life coaches like Tim Brownson.
I am not saying that success is impossible if you go about things on your own.
You just might be lucky enough to get there solo. But it would probably take you a much longer time and use up more resources than if you did with a coach or mentor.
The extra eyes and ears will help you shave significant time required in your journey to the next level. Effective shortcuts you learn from a coach will get you to success much quicker compared to going at it on your own.
Seriously consider using the services of a coach or mentor in the areas that you want to excel in because the results may very well surprise you.
Clint Cora is a motivational speaker, author and Karate World Champion. See his FREE 3-part Personal Development Video Series to learn how to expand your comfort zone to conquer even your most daunting goals in life.