Is Coaching Worth It?
Updated: Oct 5
Should coaching be a replacement for a program in which someone is already benefiting from? No, of course not.
Can it be a grand addition to that program? ABSOLUTELY!
My biggest fear before I ever invested in a coach was that I would be spending money without the return of anything in comparison.
My thoughts were, “Why spend money on this when I can pay for new shoes or a new watch, rent, etc.”
But over and over again, I spoke with people who had invested in different types of coaches: Business coaches, life coaches, fitness coaches, recovery coaches. Each of those people had something to show from their coaching experiences. I was able to see people go from being a pessimist to an optimist, slouchy figure to a built & muscle toned figure, struggling in recovery to owning their recovery.
I then asked myself if spending money would be worth having those things. “Would I see a full return on my investment plus interest?”
The simple answer...Well, why don't you see for yourself;)
From investing in fitness coaching, I was able to learn things about building muscle, toning up, new workouts, pushing myself harder than I thought I ever could, nutritional tips, etc. These are all things I’m sure I could research about on my own, but there was something about working one-on-one with a professional whom of which I was paying. The money aspect greatly helped solidify everything they were telling me to do. I wasn’t going to forget a thing. I can’t get that from reading an article. Ever since then and for the rest of my life, I will be able to take those experiences with me.
Not long after, I was in the best shape of my life. I won a legitimate trophy for athletics which I didn’t realize how big of a dream that was until I accomplished it. My anxiety levels were at an ultimate low, my sleep schedule was better than ever, and my confidence started increasing. No one can tell me that I haven’t received a full return on my investment and then some. I’m living proof, at least to myself of the power of coaching.
My next step was to strengthen the different areas of every day life. I wanted to become more confident, I was interested in strengthening my character, becoming more organized, I wanted to build a business and learn how to find solid relationships along the way. My self-esteem was low as it always had been before, and I wanted to change that too!
I then invested into a business coach/mentorship program which focused on all of those things. My coach led me to reading personal development books which I never would have done on my own before. That introduction alone was well worth my investments, but I was also learning new tools and techniques to go towards accomplishing my goals both in self-esteem and business building. I went from a shy introvert to an extroverted introvert. I was able to make things happen and have no fear when it came to launching my own thing.
Sober Evolution would have never happened if I hadn’t gone through coaching. Sober Evolution is what I am passionate about today. I have no clue where I would be in life had I not made the decision to invest in myself. Most likely, I would still be the shy, low self-esteem, fearful, slouchy person I was before. And if all of that coaching was free, I can guarantee you that I would have only half-payed attention resulting in half-results or worse.
From everything I learned through those experiences and from the everyday experiences in which I’ve been able to utilize those tools and mindsets, I was then ready to help others going through similar life situations.
I started my coaching career and found another major passion of mine in the process. Oh, and I get to do that full time, on my own time, and I can do this for the rest of my life.
So, was investing in coaching worth it?
I think you can answer that one for yourself.
My best advice towards finding a coach, if figuring out what you want in life. What would make you beaming with joy and excitement? Set up some consultation calls, tell your story and see if their program aligns with what you are looking to accomplish.
Coaches are teammates with life experiences and the knowledge of how to overcome obstacles. They aren’t drill sergeants ready to tear you a new one. They are your brethren or sistren just waiting to help you break through the things that are holding you back in life.
If you’re looking to join up with a coach, get ready for the ride of your life.
Austin F. Cooper