The Incredible Rewards of Being a Coach
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a coach as well as the rewards I’ve received through coaching others.
The idea of being a coach sounds intimidating to a lot of people, probably because most people have been led to believe that to be a coach requires some special training.
This isn’t actually the entire truth.
It is true that there are certain skills and techniques that the very best coaches have and use in their coaching sessions, but there are a lot of individuals, and I’ve met plenty of them myself, who seem to naturally possess the skills needed to be excellent coaches.
But I don’t want to use this post to discuss the skills and the techniques for coaching, but instead I’d like to share with you the rewards I’ve received through being a coach.
Now, of course there are obviously the monetary rewards of being a coach - that should go without saying.
But I do believe that the vast majority of coaches I know receive far more important rewards than simply money. Financial rewards are temporary, since once you’ve spent the money you’ve got to replace it.
But the very best rewards that come from coaching others last forever - they cannot be spent - and so once you possess those rewards they’re with you forever. And I should add to this that they’re priceless - you simply can’t put a dollar figure on them.
REWARD #1: Is the simple joy and happiness that comes from developing a trust-based relationship with the person you’re coaching. Coaching requires that both individuals involved in the process be open and honest with each other, otherwise there’s no way for coaching to work it’s magic.
The coach needs to be open with his or her client about what the coach expects of them, and the client needs to be open and honest about what he or she wants to accomplish, what the challenges are to reaching his or her goals, and at times those challenges are not external, but internal challenges.
Things like a lack of self-belief, excuses, fear, laziness, bad habits that need to be broken and replaced with good ones - like writing 500 words every day for 31 days instead of wasting time reading through emails, the online news, or playing online games.
Acknowledging those types of things to your coach takes a great deal of openness and a person must allow him or herself to be vulnerable. But an amazing thing happens when you open yourself up to this type of vulnerability - at the same time you open yourself up to changing for the better.
And whether you’re the coach or the person being coached, making changes for the better is what the entire process of coaching is all about.
So the first reward is the simple joy that comes from developing a trust-based relationship that exists between the coach and the client.
Reward #2: The incredible and priceless reward of seeing the client actually achieve his or her goals.
As a coach, I’ve experienced this enough times to tell anyone who’s thinking about whether he or she should become a coach that you don’t even need to continue pondering this question.
Imagine how you’d feel if, after working with someone over a period of 30, 60, or 90 days, you witnessed he or she excitedly telling you…
“I can’t believe it! I achieved my goal and I’ve been trying to do this for years and finally did it! Thanks so much for your guidance, encouragement, and help. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Can you picture that in your minds eye? How would hearing those words from someone you worked with make you feel deep down inside of you?
If you’re like me, there’s no greater reward. You can’t put a price on that type of reaction. And when you become a coach and start working with people, those are the types of experiences you’re going to have over and over and over again.
And that’s what coaching is all about, isn’t it? Working with people to help them achieve their goals and dreams and helping people to become better version of what they already are, and helping people achieve success in whatever they’re pursuing.
Yep, those are 2 of the incredible rewards of being a coach.
Do you remember what they are?
Having the joy of developing a trust-based relationship with a client and the priceless rewards of helping, guiding, and inspiring people to achieve their very best, of being better people and reaching their goals and dreams, sometimes for the very first time in their entire lives.
Being a coach is awesome! I love being a coach and I’m here to tell you that if you’ve hesitated to try coaching in the past, don’t wait another moment. Whatever it takes for you to start coaching others I would strongly suggest you get started.
Because the incredible rewards of being a coach are priceless.