No Results In Life? You Need A New Plan!
By Dwight Bain, LMHC
- Are you on track with your life and business? If not, why not?
- Do you have a master life plan?
- Do you have a trusted coach to guide you through the process?
College sports tracks winners and losers. Football bowl games and basketball sweet 16 tournament's are all about results, not excuses.
Many people pay more attention to college scores and rankings than they do with their own life. If you don't have a scoreboard, how can you keep score? If you don't have a coach to challenge you how can you improve? If you aren't training everyday, how can you win?
A leader told me recently how lonely she felt… and I said, “you're approaching this the wrong way." Great leaders are part of great teams; full of great players, great coaches, great trainers, trusted venders, clients, partners and stakeholders. The more connected you are, the more successful you will be.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” - King Solomon
Life is changing fast, artificial intelligence is replacing jobs at a shocking rate, global competition comes from every corner of the globe and customer expectations have never been higher. You must be continually growing and changing or risk being left behind or failing.
I don’t want you to fail.
Over twenty years ago I was speaking at a coach training event in Atlanta with my friend John Maxwell, who is considered America’s number one leadership expert. We were challenging coaches about the essential need for personal development. John pointed out that the average man in the United States reads fewer than 6 books in his lifetime after graduating from High School… and the average corporate CEO of a Fortune 100 company reads more than 6 books a month! One guy makes $50,000 a year and the other one makes $50,000 a month so the correlation that “readers are leaders” held true economically.
I suspect you agree with that statement or you wouldn’t be reading this now, but think about it, if you need continual information from reading and personal development to stay competitive in this world, (and you do), every day is a new beginning. Every day you need to begin again to be your best, every day you need to do measurable activities that build integrity to make you less like the culture and more effective for a greater purpose. In a few jobs you may be able to still function with information you received in college 30 years ago, but not many.
Leaders must continually stretch to begin again, and it happens every single day. No time off, because the competition won't take time off. You are either growing, improving and developing, or you are falling behind.
Growth happens every day for the best coaches… every day is a new beginning. In the world of sports a coach can’t rest on the fact that his team won last week… since there is another big game this week. You never stop and you have to get better each time, or they find a new coach. I have found the same to be true in life. Improve - or be replaced.
CNN reported “Coaching now is part of the standard leadership development training for elite executives and talented up-and-comers.” (www.CNN.com) Harvard Business Review (www.HBR.org) said it this way, “The goal of coaching is the goal of good management: to make the most of an organization’s valuable resources.”
Coaches draw out the best in others, because they draw out the best in themselves. When a coach stops getting results in the world of sports - they get fired. And they should. Every day is a new beginning, so every day I want to be around coaches who draw out their best to make a positive difference, so they can challenge me to be my best. I suspect you desire the same. Winning because of continual growth and improvement from coaches who weren't afraid to ask the hard questions to challenge potential.
Here is a pivotal thought on this subject from John Maxwell. “All of us have benefited from the industrial age, the technology age, and most recently, the age of information. And without question, we have entered into the most influential age … the age of association. Never before has it been more crucial to be connected to, or associated with, people of influence. This is especially true for people who are in my industry…. those who are authors, speakers, trainers and coaches. There is no doubt that the biggest impact to your personal and professional life will be determined by “who” you are associated with, and your “connection” to them.”
Do you agree? Are you connected? Do you want to be successful - because if you do then you must abandon the ‘lone ranger’ mentality of trying to figure life out by yourself and take bold steps to find a coach who will challenge you toward growth and potential. If you want results - stop talking or complaining about what is missing. Replace that with something positive and for most of us the first step is by finding a coach who isn't afraid to challenge your potential to achieve greater results.
Dwight Bain dedicated his life to guide people toward greater results as an Author, Certified Life Coach and Nationally Certified Counselor in practice since 1984. He has spoken to over 3,000 groups on the topic of making strategic change to overcome major stress. He is passionate about positive growth and is quoted in over 20 personal development books. comes alongside leaders to help them rewrite their story. He challenges growth through coaching, counseling and creative events built around the theme of change. Bain is quoted in dozens of personal development books and is a prolific speaker who has shared insights with thousands of audiences. Access his blog at http://www.Lifeworksgroup.org or across all social media platforms @DwightBain
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