Have you ever had someone in your life who has inspired you to do your best? Who has offered advice and encouragement—and sometimes even pushed you—to work harder? October 6 is National Coaches Day, a day to celebrate the folks who help us become a better version of ourselves.
Don’t Have a Coach? Get One
Let’s face it, no one is good at everything, so everyone needs a coach sometimes. Whether it’s a mentor at work, a fitness trainer at the gym, a therapist helping you work through issues that are holding you back, or a professional coach who is assisting in your growth and development, a coach can help you achieve more than you could on your own.
Recognizing the importance of coaching, many larger companies encourage their employees to find mentors who can help them grow and develop. It’s also why they turn to us for our Personal and Executive “Next Level” Coaching. We can all be blind to our own weaknesses, and sometimes even our strengths, so getting an honest assessment, feedback and support can be invaluable.
Have Experience to Share? Be a Coach
Most of us serve as a coach at one time another. Helping your child learn how to tie their shoes, throw a ball or memorize the states and capitals are all forms of coaching. Coaching involves teaching, providing encouragement and being persistent. Onboarding or helping to orient a new employee at the office is also coaching.
If you’ve been in the same company for a while, it’s likely you mentor newer employees, and if you are a leader in your organization, then coaching is an important part of your job. If it’s not a role you are comfortable in, we can help with that as well through our Leadership Training and Development.
One of the best ways you can recognize National Coaches Day is to reach out and thank someone who served or serves as a coach to you. It may be a former teacher or athletic coach, a boss or colleague, friend or mentor. Let them know the difference they’ve made in your life and tell them how much you appreciate them.