Coaches are totally a thing at the moment huh?
There are coaches for EVERYTHING. And to be perfectly honest, I thought they were a bit wanky for a really long time. I mean really, if you can’t do things for yourself then you should just toughen up and figure it out right?
The problem with that kind of thinking, as I discovered, was that unless you are wonderwoman (which I certainly am not) it leaves you floundering in all the areas that aren’t your speciality. Sure, you might be awesome at a bucketload of things but I will bet there are just as many that you are rubbish at or that you outright do not even understand.
I am really great at putting words together usually. I am good at motivating people, and I am pretty impressive at creating a community. I do all these things with love and passion, and they bring me joy.
I have about three clues about business development though. And I could not write a training plan to save my life (or my marathon). And sure I could Google and search and find all the information that I need, but I would still be winging it all by myself and just hoping for the best. And to be honest, I really like not being the only one giving me kudos and high fives.
So I swallowed my pride and I got myself some coaches.
BEST investment EVER.
I have an amazing business coach who has guided me, helped me plan and develop in ways I’d never have considered, and supported me every step of the way. She has had a huge impact on me and on my business, and I could not be happier.
I also have the world’s most patient and supportive running coach. I’m lucky enough to be training for my first marathon in the company of others also training for ‘big first’ events and I can’t think of anything better than to have such a high level of support and guidance, along with a team of like minded women cheering me on as I go.
There are any number of plans I could have downloaded for free. I could have followed them to the letter and no doubt they would successfully prepare me for my marathon. But they wouldn’t have given me a nudge on the cold and windy mornings when I was struck down with the CBF’s. They wouldn’t have punched the air with me as I pulled PB’s on my tempo runs and started running distances I never have before. And they certainly wouldn’t be there on race day with a massive hug.
My coach will be there though. My team will be there. And I will be there for them too, with high fives and hugs and tears, because I know their journeys to race day just like they know mine.
I’m learning more and more the older I get that the true value in most things is about people. Not numbers or data or directions or instructions, but the source that they come from. Nothing can beat knowing that someone out there is thinking of you and they’ve got your back.
Our Event Training course offers custom plans for 10k, half and full marathons along with small group support and a nurturing, motivating environment. Maybe it’s time you got yourself a coach too?