Why do many of the highest achievers in the world have coaches? It’s because even the most accomplished have blind spots. It’s not uncommon for professional athletes to have multiple coaches. A baseball team has a pitching coach, hitting coach, running coach, and throwing coach.
High achievers also rely on coaches to keep them accountable and to accelerate their desired outcomes. The goal is maximum progress in the shortest amount of time. In other words, many that utilize a coach are entirely capable of achieving their goal, but they see huge value in reaching the goal sooner by utilizing tools that have a multiplier effect on growth.
How valuable would it be if you took your 3-year goal and accomplished it in 18 months because a coach brought some new perspectives, insights or distinctions that helped you see the things you were missing and help keep you focused? Sometimes the problem is not that you don’t know what you don’t know — it’s actually that you don’t do what you do know, which is why, in addition to a coach, a “peak performance partner” is so valuable for accountability.
Smart people have great answers. Brilliant people have great questions. There’s nothing more powerful than questions, yet as many of us get older, we gradually begin to believe we have most of the answers and forget that the growth is in the unknown. Consider how much we grew during childhood when we asked questions and weren’t concerned about revealing what we didn’t know. An effective coach can help you uncover the blind spots. We don’t tend to ask ourselves what we’re missing about ourselves, yet feedback is a very powerful tool for closing the gap on where you are and where you want to be. In business, it’s wise to ask what we’re missing about clients or even about our industry.