I am always fascinated by professional athletes and the physical and mental skills that they demonstrate in key games. I am astounded by their incredible athletic prowess and their ability to execute in pressure situations. They have amazing concentration and focus. They have exceptional positive & winning attitudes. Their skills are largely honed from years of quality instruction and practice.
I have played golf since I was 10 years old and I have suffered quietly in mediocrity for many years. I was self-taught and my only instruction was the response that I received from my frequent errant shots and the pros on TV who I tried to emulate. A few years ago, I finally admitted to myself that I needed to take lessons from a professional. I humbled myself, set aside some money, and reluctantly remade my golf swing and I am happy that I am now in the top 5% of amateur golfers. The difference was that I finally had the quality teaching that allowed me to be more successful. Frankly, I couldn’t get significantly better until an objective expert helped me correct the ingrained swing flaws that blocked my potential.
I frequently talk with entrepreneurs and executives that are completely self-taught. They are incredibly optimistic and have exceptional technical expertise in their industry. Yet their business skills are largely learned on the job and unfortunately many have ingrained bad habits much like I had as a young golfer.
So the lesson for business owners and executives is: there is a faster and more efficient way to improve your skills. You will greatly benefit from quality professional coaching that will help you see and correct your business swing flaws. Don’t make the same mistake that I made. Suspend your disbelief that you can do it yourself, and find a business coach that can identify your opportunities and help you find your way to greater success.
Oh, by the way. I am that Coach.