What it Means to be Coachable

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Have you ever viewed a list of requirements for a job or opportunity and one of the requirements says you must be coachable? What does that even mean? I mean seriously, how do I know if I’m coachable or not? Of course I’m coachable, I like to learn new things. I’m willing to try something new. That makes me coachable right?

It’s taken me a minute to learn that I haven’t been very coachable along the way. When someone tells me to do things that are outside my comfort zone, I freeze up and resist. 

Sound like you?

Example of NOT being coachable

I once worked with a coach that charged $20k per year to work with her. It’s true, there are coaches out there charging more, and coaches charging less, but $20k was the investment to work with this particular coach. 

I started working with her and she gave me a list of action steps to take. A lot of those steps I jumped on and joyfully completed. I played full out with those particular assignments. Even if they were hard. I felt like I was doing great. My ego said “YES! You’re nailing this!”

Then there were assignments I dismissed as not important. One such assignment was to turn off all electronics 1/2 hour before bed.

Sounds simple right? No problem, shut the TV off. OK, I can do that. 

Nope, not quite that simple. NO Electronics also meant no phone. Wait, what???

Ummm, NO way can she be serious. I don’t have trouble sleeping and I get a full night of beauty sleep. I don’t have problems waking up and  get the stuff I need to done at night. WHY on earth do I need to shut my phone off, put it down, or leave it be at least 1/2 hour before bed. That’s ludicrous!!

The reason for the request is not the point. The point is that I believed in this particular coaches results so much that I was willing to pay $20K for those results. I didn’t give money out of the goodness of my heart, I gave her the money to get the results she had. Still, I found myself saying, “I don’t need to do that. I want your results but I don’t want to do the things you tell me to do because I don’t see how it fits in to the picture.”

Have you ever felt that way?

Why it matters

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Maybe you joined an MLM company because you want to be your own boss, have flexible hours, work from home, and make enough money to take care of your family.

Maybe you joined several different ones over time for this reason. It’s a losing game for most people, but for some, it’s a game changer. It’s a way to financial freedom selling products that you are in love with. You know you’re making someone life better with these products.

However, If you’ve been in the boat that you’re still trying to make this a sustainable business for yourself, take not. Being coachable is always a key requirement in this industry. You have to do the things that are on the other side of your comfort zone. After all, that’s where everything you want is!

Facing the fear and realizing you can do it scared is necessary. You have to follow the recipe that’s given to you to find the success you’re desiring. Although it’s a simple theory, it’s much harder than it looks on the outside.

There is good news! You have what it takes to succeed. You have what it takes to be coachable.

How to be coachable

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Being coachable simply means you trust your coach more than you trust yourself. You have to believe that by following your coaches instructions that you are going to bridge the gap and have the results that you desire

It means that when your fear pops up and says things like:

“That’s scary, what will people think of me?”
“I don’t want to do that, I can get the results some other way”
“I don’t need to do that to get the results, they may have needed to do that but I can’t get there without doing that.”
“I’m not good enough”

Or any one of 1000 other things that may be popping up in your mind, you trust your coach and you take the action anyway.

I don’t mean blind obedience. I don’t mean taking action or doing things that would harm yourself or someone else. Don’t jump off a bridge, don’t drink the Kool-Aid, Don’t play in traffic… you get the idea. The point is, if you can answer what’s the worst that could happen by following the guidance of your coach, by putting yourself all in and playing full out, and no one gets hurt then do it. What’s the worst that could happen by giving it a shot?

What’s the best that could happen? You end up with the results you desire the results your coach has? Wow, that sounds good.

What if there's a misalignment?

If you don’t trust your coach, if they don’t have the same values as you, if the stuff that you are being asked to do isn’t halted by fear but by a question of ethics or morality, get a new coach. There’s plenty of them out there and we’d love to help you out if you are in the market. You can book a no obligation session here for a complimentary consultation.

Remember, you coach got to where they are at by working with the recipes that they are teaching you. Swapping out ingredients such as using pecans instead of apples isn’t going to make an apple pie that tastes like theirs.

If you’re looking for a new coach to help you take your business to the next level, book a no obligation consultation here

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