Unless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere or haven’t been in touch with what’s out there in the business community, you’ve learned that business coaching is fast growing. It’s a very popular thing to do and business coaching is one of those things that you’re either ready for or you’re not.
A business should have a business coach
I have a lot of people talk to me about business coaching and wonder what will they get out of being coached by a business coach and how it actually works. Well I’m here to say that business coaching is not for everybody. Now why would I say that? Why wouldn’t you think I’d go, “Business coaching is for everyone!” Really, do I want every business owner in Australia to have a business coach? Yes. Do I think it would be a good idea for every owner in Australia to have a business coach? The answer is yes, I think it would. No different if a business owner has an accountant or lawyer, etc. A business should have a business coach.
Business Coaching doesn’t suit everyone
Now having said that, I’m a firm believer that business coaching does not suit everybody. That doesn’t mean that business coaching isn’t good, what it means is that for some of you, you’re just not ready to be pushed. You’re not ready to be coached.
You might verbalize and say, “I’d love some help to grow my business,” but when pinch comes to pinch, push comes to push, and a coach starts working with you, you crumble. That’s because you’re just not ready and that’s okay. If you’re not ready right now, that’s okay. But look at yourself and go, “Well why isn’t it that I’m not prepared to do whatever it takes? Why is it that I’m uncomfortable with being challenged or pushed or stretched out of my comfort zone? What is it about me that I need to change to be more coachable, more adaptable and ready to change?” Because really that’s what it’s about.
Are you ready to be coached?
So if you’re asking yourself if you’re ready for business coaching, here’s a few questions you could ask yourself:
Number One: Are you open to new ideas?
If you didn’t answer yes to that, forget it. You’ve got to be open to new ideas. If you’re going to do the same old thing you’ve always done and expect to get a different result, well then, that’s the definition of insanity. So, are you open to new ideas? If the answer’s yes, great.
Number Two: Are you willing to try things that are outside of the norm?
Business coaching is going to push your thinking. They’re going to stretch your comfort zone. So are you ready to try some things that are going to make you uncomfortable? If the answer’s yes, good news, you’re coachable. If the answer’s no, you don’t want to be made uncomfortable, then coaching’s probably not for you. It’s that simple.
Number Three: Are you ready to invest some additional time in working on yourself?
If you answered no to that, then don’t do coaching. You’re going to have to improve your knowledge if you’re going to earn more money. For me the word “earn,” I want you to put an “l” in front of that, which is like a big L plate. You need to learn more before you can earn more. You need to be willing to do extra learning, and I mean in addition to working with a business coach. That means going to other workshops, reading books, downloading audio and listening to other speakers, and mixing and networking with different people. If you’re not willing to do that, well then you’re probably not coachable.
Number Four: Are you willing to experience massive growth in your business?
You know a business coach doesn’t want to work with you just for little tiny changes, they want to help you make the changes to achieve your goals. If you’re not willing to make these changes, if you’re not willing to have growth, whether it’s in money or size, I’m talking about growth it could be a personal growth, mentally. It could be reducing the amount of hours you’re working in the business. If you’re not ready to make those personal changes, then you’re probably not going to coachable.
Does business coaching suit you?
So as you can see, there’s several questions you need to ask to see whether or not you’re actually coachable. Is business coaching for everyone? No, it’s not for everybody.
My team here at MaxMyProfit in Australia, we’re not here to push business coaching on you. In fact, what we do is we want to meet with you and you’ve got to prove to us that you’re coachable. You’ve got to prove to us that you’ve got a business that can sustain coaching, that’s got the legs to be able to grow, to be able to do what needs to be done for coaching. We don’t want to coach people that don’t want to be coached. That would just be insane, that’d be crazy.
About the Author
Ben Fewtrell is a sought-after Business Coach, Keynote Speaker and trainer who has featured in Virgin’s Inflight Magazine and Entertainment Portal, SKY Business and “Secrets of Top Business Builders Exposed”. He is also the host of the popular Business Brain Food Podcast where he interviews leading experts on anything and everything business.