coaching for leadershipThis month, I’m featuring ‘coaching’. Why? Because it’s that time of year when real estate professionals are assessing their success–and thinking about next year. That’s a perfect time to consider whether adding coaching would help you ‘over the hump.’

Thinking about revving up your business?  Getting a coach? Stop. First, ask yourself, “Are you coach able?” No, really; that’s a serious question. I’ve been coached and have been a coach most of my life (first music, then real estate). But, I don’t believe that all people can benefit from coaching. Most managers and coaches will tell you everyone needs a coach. After all, no great performers move past their ‘ceilings of achievement’ without a coach. I certainly know that as a pianist. But, not everyone can benefit from a coach. Why? Because some people aren’t very ‘coach able’. Another way to say it is that they aren’t ready to be coached. So, before you waste your money on coaching (yes, I’m willing to say it!), let’s explore what it takes to benefit from coaching.

Managers/coaches: Use the evaluator in this blog to help your potential ‘clients’ figure out if they will benefit from coaching (and you will be successful coaching them).

Want to see how coach able you are? Take my ‘coach ability’ evaluator (link at the end of this blog).  And, as you read this blog, answer the questions to assure you’re going to get your money’s worth in a coaching relationship.

What It Takes to be Coach able

There are 15 questions on the coach ability evaluator. But, there are 3 attributes I believe you need if you are to get the very most from any coaching experience. In this blog, I’ll discuss the first attribute. Watch later blogs for more attributes.

  1. How Strong is your ‘Why’?

Why do you want to be coached? How motivated are you to break through your ‘ceiling of achievement’? Why is that important? Because your coach can’t provide you with the all the ‘fire in the belly’ you’ll need to keep on keeping on (although many coaching clients expect their coach to find a motivation that’s not there…..).

How the Motivational Cycle Works

Let’s look at how motivation works. First, you have an unrealized discontent. Maybe you have been schlepping along at 5, 10, or maybe even 30 transactions a year. But, at some level, you realize you are working way beneath your potential (step #1). So, you start looking at others who started in the business about the same time as you (#2). You see they are attaining more results faster. Then, you start looking around for a coach (#3). You take a big breath, take out your checkbook, and start working with a coach (#4). It’s not easy. It means doing things you have avoided doing, changing beliefs, expanding your horizons—and just plain working hard.  But, it’s worth it, because you’re seeing results (#5).

motivational cycle

I just took myself through the motivational cycle. For years, I’ve tried to lose weight. But, I just didn’t have that ‘fire in the belly’. For some strange reason, this time, though, I found it! In February, I paid lots of money to a weight-loss program (yes, I believe that if you have appreciable ‘skin in the game’ you’re more likely to stick with it). At the same time I hired a personal trainer. Talk about baptism by fire! But, the combination of my own motivation and the environment that I placed myself in has attributed to my continued motivation—and I’ve lost 40 pounds (and have about 15 to go, but, it’s kind of a piece of cake (woops) now.

My question to you:  How motivated are you? Is the environment you are in motivating to you? Challenging? Encouraging?

If you answer ‘yes’, you’re on your way to being a candidate for coaching. Want more attributes? Check my next blog.

Click here to get my Coach ability Evaluator.

How Do You Know Which Program is Right for You?

Why not invest your time (no fee) in a Complimentary Consultation and see how this program works, talk to your potential coach, and get a feel for whether this program is right for you? Click here for a Complimentary Consultation. Spend 1/2 hour getting to know your coach. And, it’s a two-way street. Your coach will determine whether he/she believes it would be a ‘good fit’, too. read more about Career Achievement Coaching here.