If you are considering whether or not to hire a Coach, you are deciding if you are ready to embark on a grand adventure of a lifetime. Coaching is not for everyone, and even highly coach-able people have times in their lives when coaching may not be what they really want. Here are a few important questions to ask yourself before making your decision:
- Is this the right time for me to hire a coach? If you feel like you are ready to make some important changes, the time is right for you. If you are extremely busy and cannot imagine taking on another thing, then the answer is ‘probably yes.’ The first thing you and your coach may want to explore is what to remove from your busy schedule to make your life feel simpler, more in balance and manageable.
- Can I afford coaching? Make sure to look honestly at your finances before entering into the coaching relationship. If you hire a coach, you will be making an important investment into your life – equivalent in its overall impact to an advanced college degree (or possibly more). Are you able to pay the coach’s fee for a minimum of six months without feeling like you are overextending yourself? Do you feel that you can perhaps make some ‘financial changes’ to allow for the expense for the length of time necessary? If not, you may still want to continue, and work with your coach on improving your financial situation, immediately.
- Am I willing to try new things? During your coaching, you will be invited to look at old situations in new ways. You will be offered new concepts and different ways to approach things. If you are willing to try out new possibilities and stretch your creative side, you will get a large return for your investment. If you are a person who vigorously defends your old perspectives, you will still get much value from committing yourself to a specific course of action.
- Is coaching what I am really looking for? There are many other kinds of professional relationships, one of which might be more appropriate for you. Do you need an accountant, attorney, financial planner, or personal assistant? Your coach will certainly support you to find the right resources at the right time if you do. Just be aware that there may be additional expenses for professional your Coach is not qualified to provide for you. Are you experiencing chronic mental suffering or dwelling extensively on past events? If so, you probably want to talk to a therapist instead of – or in additional to – a Coach. The idea is to build the kind of relationships that you really want and need.