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Can You Coach Yourself?

by Bruno Deshayes on 16 Mar 2017 permalink
As long as you keep your ability to learn you will be forever young. For some of us though we might have to unlearn a few things first.

Why would you want to coach yourself? It sounds like we have lost the ability to intuitively learn as we go along. Maybe a more sinister issue would be the fact that with so many broken homes around, our mentoring role model is missing in action.

The difference between learning and coaching is that the latter requires a monitoring process, a feedback mechanism if you wish. You can learn the periodic table of elements but unless you find some practical every day application of that knowledge it's not going to change your life. When we talk about coaching ourselves we mean applying knowledge that will improve our quality of life.

You may want to coach yourself to succeed in the competitive job market and secure the employment you deserve. You may decide to coach yourself to tackle your finances and trade the share market without letting your emotions getting in the way. What about coaching yourself to set worthwhile goals and reach them through a deliberate and systematic approach? Finally some of us will do wonderfully if we had the discipline to do some personal accounting and keep our bookkeeping up to date. (See at the end of this article some resources to do all of the above online.)

A coach is your alter-ego sitting on your shoulder and whispering encouragement and determination in your ear. In this world of me, myself and I where many are the casualty of separation and divorce a soul mate is sorely missed. That does not mean to say that you partner or spouse can be your coach but a word of encouragement well spoken at the appropriate time can make all the difference in the world.

What about joining a blog or a forum online? What about finding a support group? But that wouldn't be coaching yourself anymore, I suppose...

In the world of sport where the term "coach" comes from it appears that former champions have recycled themselves into coaching the next generation as well as earning royalties from brand names using their endorsement.

A coach does not need to be an expert in the field of knowledge you are pressing into. A coach is simply someone who keeps you accountable so that you won't give up your worthwhile endeavour at the first sign of resistance, the second, or the tenth...

Therefore in order to coach yourself all you have to do is to develop a split personality where you can play both the role of overcomer and the role of the coach. Simple huh?

For a range of self-coaching online services click here

Coach Bob says:
Sounds to me this is to undermine the growing numbers of coaches that help people do the things you suggest but in fact never do. Show me a successful team or business that doesn't have a coach. It's not a matter of being able to get the information and apply it to yourself, it's the intrinsic part of us that needs someone to come alongside and communicate, encourage, put their arm around us and show a caring and thoughtful encouragement if you can afford the fees.


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