Life can feel challenging when you are trying to create the future all by yourself. A business coach can come alongside you and collaborate to help you develop the blueprint for your future. A coach can help support and guide you as you move to achieve your goals. As an example, the Creative Blueprints programs are filled with proven tools and strategies to ensure your success. You will learn how to take control of your life and create the Life You Want to Live.
Of course, coaching is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. We’ve got a great track record of mentoring our clients toward success, but that doesn’t mean we’re the right coach for everyone. Finding the right coach or mentor is really the first step in succeeding within the context of the relationship.
How do you know which coach is right for you? We’re glad you asked!
Find Your Sherpa
You wouldn’t set out to summit Everest with a rookie guide who is also making the trek for the first time, right? Maybe you think this one is a given, but let’s go over it anyway. Your business coach should have business experience. You can’t lean on someone for wisdom and experience they don’t have. If you’re looking for someone to help you create the blueprint to build your great idea into a thriving business, they should have solid experience as a business leader. If you’re looking to grow in your career from really awesome specialist to even better department lead or C-suite exec, are you working with a coach that’s been there and done that?
Make Sure You Click
Whether you’re looking to take a personal journey to define your professional goals and future or you’re looking to grow a business, you’ll find plenty of coaches with the right experience to help you find your way. That doesn’t mean you just flip a coin to decide which one to partner with. Coaching can be personal. It’s rooted in relationships. This isn’t to suggest you need to find your new best friend. It is, however, important that you find someone who shares your values and meshes well with your personality. Take the time to interview your potential coaches to see how you may work together. Do you have compatible energy levels? Are you comfortable with the give and take of conversation? Do you feel energized and motivated after your meeting or do you feel drained and uninspired?
This can be one of the biggest roadblocks to a successful experience with a coach or mentor. Are you coachable? How committed are you to this process? If you’re working on professional development, are you willing to put in the hard work of self-discovery and growth? If you’re building a new business, you’re already crazy busy breathing life into your start-up. Are you prepared to put in the overtime it’s going to take to work with a coach? There are immense benefits to saying yes, but do so knowing this is a commitment and if you’re not willing to go all in with it, you’re not going to get the results you desire.
Beyond the time commitment, you need to be willing to surrender some control and autonomy. Yes, ultimately the path you take toward your goals will be dictated by you. You are in the driver’s seat. If you’re not, however, going to seriously consider and/or apply the advice and input from your coach, this process becomes more about going through the motions and less about successfully growing through coaching. Don’t waste your time or your coach’s if you’re not open to constructive feedback or willing to make some changes.
Lace Up Your Boots and Climb Higher
The hardest climb isn’t Kilimanjaro, Denali, or Everest. It’s the leadership journey, and it’s fraught with all kinds of challenges, opportunities, setbacks, and advances. The good news is you don’t have to go it alone. You can travel with an experienced guide who knows the lay of the land and an elite team of peers who’ve got your back. You can equip yourself with world-class resources to navigate changing environments and uncertain conditions. We’d love to talk with you about how Creative Blueprints might be that guide for you. Schedule a complimentary call with Cheryl and let’s see how we can work together.