Someone said all successful people work with a coach. However, coaching programs and practices vary almost as much as the coaches who offer them. The questions then become if, when, and which coaching program is right for you.
How important is gaining an edge in your career, improving your professional skills, strengthening relationships through better communication, or overcoming the challenges that have held you back?
Don’t you owe it to yourself to find out?
Coaching begins with a deep desire to see positive change—personally, professionally, and sometimes both. It requires a commitment of time and resources. There are no growth-hacks or ‘five easy steps.’
A professional coach will challenge you, stretch you, and provide the encouragement and accountability necessary to experience the transformation you desire.
Only you can decide how significant change is, and what you’re willing to do to achieve it.
If you value results and appreciate working with a professional who shares your commitment to growth, you’re in the right place.
I’ve invested a lot in my education and enjoyed some professional success. But I’ve also made many mistakes, experienced painful failures, and learned the hard way more times than I’d like to remember. But I’ve never stopped learning, growing, or investing in my education and professional development.
The benefit of a great coach or teacher can be the difference between failure or success.
Sometimes we are so busy trying to get somewhere; we forget where we're going. That was me. I was good at ‘busy’ but had no direction.
So after college, I got busy doing more of what I did well. I went back to school. For what, I didn’t know. I only knew that I liked school. That’s when the pattern started. (Or is that a habit?).
Today, I'm the only person I know with four Master’s degrees and no Ph.D.
In school, I had a lot of time to think. I thought about God, human achievement, purpose, and the meaning of success. I wondered why some people knew by first grade what they wanted to be when they grew up, and others, like me, had no clue. Not even after college.
In between graduate degrees, I worked for several Fortune 500 companies. It was good experience, but of little help in providing direction.
I learned how to be a corporate employee and eventually became underemployed, unemployed, and finally self-employed.
I had become a specialist in being a generalist. Thankfully, however, what began as indecision, later revealed interests, aptitudes, and abilities.
Here’s what I discovered: We are at our best doing what God created us to do. We find purpose by applying our unique combination of talents for the benefit of ourselves and others.
As for the four master’s degrees?
I earned a Master’s degree from The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University’s School of Law; MBA at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Masters in Theology, Biblical Studies at Liberty University; and a Master of Science at Kansas State University.
I am a Certified Growth Coach through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, trained by the Christian Coaching School.
Our thought life is the core of who we are and what we will become. It shapes our values and beliefs and colors our outlook—positive or negative. It determines the measure of happiness, satisfaction, and self-worth we have, and it creates the lens through which we see others.
How we think influences our communication, decision making, actions, and habit patterns. It can be the difference between failure and success.
The Bible says the way a person thinks determines who he is. (Proverbs 23:7).
Knowledge, education, and information alone are not enough. And tips, hacks, and short-cuts will get you only so far. Many successful, influential people say they are not the smartest, most talented, or gifted people they know.
If the acquisition of knowledge alone were enough, nearly everyone would live satisfied, fulfilling lives—engaged in their passion and doing the work they love. Imagine the impact on culture, society, and the world if people lived at their full potential.
If welcomed, God is at the center of the coaching relationship. He works to effect powerful, positive, transformational change. Change that’s real, relevant, and sustainable.
Does that mean you must be a Christian to receive coaching? No, not at all. I rely on Scripture because my faith is the foundation of who I am and what I do. However, if you have not yet made this choice, I respect your decision.
The foundation of good coaching is a belief in people and their unlimited potential to learn and grow.
Whatever we accept as truth determines the direction of our lives. And wisdom is ours for the asking when we have a relationship with God as our Heavenly Father.
God’s Word is living and matchless in power, interpreting and revealing the thoughts and motives of the human heart. And His love for us is unchanging, undeniable, and unconditional.
A professional coaching partnership leverages the power of two:
At 2/26 Performance Coaching, we provide education, training, and executive coaching for those who want to increase their performance and further their professional development. We focus on communication, leadership, influence, and impact, and anything else that helps us be more productive and become better human beings.
James 2:26 says, “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” Faith acts on what the heart believes.
Rarely do we realize the desires of our hearts without commitment, discipline, and effort, while the change we desire usually begins with the change which first takes place within us.
With a coach, you’re not left to go it alone—waste time, figure things out through trial and error, or search for short-cuts that only produce temporary change.
How many more programs will you buy, courses will you take, conferences will you attend, or books will you read in search of the results you want?
When you consider the value of your time and resources, what return on investment have you received?
There’s more to you than you realize. Isn’t it time you find out what only you have the potential to do? Perhaps it’s time to consider working with a professional coach.
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