Five Traits of a Great Coach

Coaching for peak performers has been around for years. The most successful athletes have been coached to win the big event. Michael Jordan, John Elway, and Michael Johnson have all had coaches. Leaders in the business world, with some of the most successful companies, have coaches. Behind each great accomplishment, stands two people — the one who executes the task or carries out the game plan and the one who helps to create the game plan and supported the executor. Maybe it is time for you to evaluate and consider the benefits of a retirement coach.

A great coach has five basic traits. When these traits are used to help you move forward in your life, the results are amazing. A coach can help you increase your production and enjoyment in life and help you craft a life of long-term success.

The first trait of a great coach is the ability to listen and help you clarify your goals and vision in all areas of your life. Earl Nightingale, the famous speaker, stated we are goal-seeking organisms. Our purpose is to set and achieve goals in life. The difficulty for people is not in achieving their goals, but setting them in the first place. We can truly accomplish anything in life provided we whole-heartedly decide to do it.

Dont simply retire from something - have something to retire to. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Don't simply retire from something - have something to retire to."
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

The second trait of a successful coach is guiding you to understand that all goals must have deadlines. Deadlines get one's juices and thoughts flowing to create the desired result. Have you ever planned to go away for vacation and, two days before you are to go, you get a flurry of activity in your business? It is because of the deadline that the activity increases and things begin to happen. How would you like to have that kind of productivity on a regular basis?

A great coach will take the goals and vision you set for yourself and teach you to achieve them. He or she will help you create the step-by-step game plan to achieve the envisioned future. Even the big projects that seem like mountains can be broken down into bite size pieces, which are called daily disciplines.

A great coach will show clients the consequences of not following through on their goals and commitments. The coach will provide ongoing motivation and inspiration during the storms of life.

The storms of life will come. Since you cannot avoid them, we must prepare for them. It is not the storm that causes the problem; it is how you react to the storm.

A great coach will help you brace for the storm that otherwise might overwhelm you.

Coaching provides the motivation and inspiration to help you overcome those storms.

Lastly, a great coach provides accountability and is available for you. A great coach will help you evaluate your progress against your goals and vision. He will hold you to the standard that you have set for yourself.

Couple’s Need for a Coach is Greater

As important as it is for an individual to have a coach, the need is even greater for a couple, who may have differing visions and needs, to develop a retirement plan that is fulfilling to each of them. Many couples do not communicate well around charged issues. Few issues are more charged than decisions around when to retire; where to retire; how to maintain financial stability; how much time to spend together vs. alone or with others; what kind of relationships to maintain with elderly parents, children, and grandchildren; and how to meet a myriad of competing needs and desires.

A retirement coach is a neutral party who can help a couple assess what each of them needs and negotiate a retirement plan that is mutually beneficial. Rather than letting a couple sweep issues and conflicts under a rug, a good coach will bring them out into the open for discussion and resolution.

Isn’t it time for you to consider investing in a retirement coach?

Here are some of the benefits you can get by working with a retirement coach:

  • Create a vision for the future
  • Clarify your retirement goals
  • Determine your needs
  • Create a retirement plan
  • Discover new things about yourself
  • Learn new skills and techniques
  • Develop new perspectives
  • Conquer fear and uncertainty
  • Discern professional and personal identity
  • Recognize your passions
  • Leverage your strengths
  • Improve decision-making
  • Avoid repeating mistakes
  • Overcome obstacles
  • Reduce isolation and anxiety
  • Maintain momentum and focus
  • Find direction and solutions
  • Gain a competitive advantage
  • Sustain morale and positive thinking
  • Improve performance and get results
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Achieve success and empowerment
  • Negotiate differences with your partner