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Get in the competition with career coaching

Athletes compete in the Women's 12.5 km Mass Start during day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Athletes compete in the Women's 12.5 km Mass Start during day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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I’ve been asked by many people if career coaching can help. Yes, it does. But, you have to be a willing participant in order to net the most benefits. All Olympians have been coached at one time or another. This is why they fly higher, run faster, and set their eyes on the grand prize and achieve more frequently than those who have not been coached.

Here’s the good news: Coaching is not just for Olympians. It is available to everyone…that is, those who want enhanced abilities, faster results, and a new outlook. If that sounds like you, read on to learn more about how each of these will help your career.

Enhanced Abilities: During your career coaching sessions, your coach will help you to focus on your extraordinary abilities. What do you do well? If you don’t know, perhaps you should take an assessment to rediscover your strengths. Research has shown if we don’t strive to use our strengths daily, we will be unhappy.

  • How does this apply to your career? If you are an outgoing person and work in a job which requires you to be at a desk all day, you may be frustrated because you aren’t interacting with people as much as you’d like. A career coach can help you discover what else to add to your day in order to make it more bearable.

Faster Results: Career coaches are accountability partners. If your coach asks what you would like to achieve, be boundless when answering the question! There is never a right or wrong answer. After you answer this question, be ready to move forward because your coach WILL help you get it done…quickly!

  • How does this apply to your career? You may want to take part in a project but haven’t found a way to broach the subject with your boss. A brainstorming session with your career coach can help you discover the answer. Your coach will also be there to help you put a plan in place and hold you accountable for taking action.

New Outlook: Coaching is a process that can take weeks or perhaps months. This is why career coaches will work with you for 2 sessions, 3 session, or even more. During this time, you will discover a “new you.” You will also have a new vantage point from which you will see your career.

  • Finally, how does this apply to your career? Imagine an office conflict stemming from miscommunication. Your new vantage point allows you to see the situation from another point of view. You are also no longer stressed and can apply this new vantage point to everything that you do. Sounds good, right?

Coaching helps those who are committed to change. Rather it be in your career or other parts of your life, coaching can help you cross the finish line faster. What are you waiting for? Get in the competition, today, with a coach who can help you.