The best players in the world have coaches. In addition to trainers who help them learn how to play with less risk of injury, they have coaches who help with their mindset. Even the best players have bad days where the game or match doesn’t go as planned. If they are not careful, that one bad day can lead to another and result in a downward cycle.
A good coach can help them put things into perspective. One bad game or match does not mean that they are no longer an elite player. One bad game just means they are human. A good coach can get them to learn from their mistakes and help them overcome any negative self-talk. They can help them reframe the situation and then focus on their strengths and the goals they want to achieve.
The best leaders have coaches, too. As a CEO or business owner, you regularly make decisions that impact your business and your employees’ future. Have you ever made a decision you later regretted? Of course you have! When you make a poor decision that has negative consequences, how do you react? Does negative self-talk kick in, such as “That was so stupid”, or “I’m not good enough”? Do you start to question your ability to lead? Do you procrastinate making decisions because you are afraid the decision will be wrong again? How do you get yourself back on track before you fall into a downward spiral?
If you have a good coach, they can provide an objective perspective and help you reframe the situation to overcome the negative self-talk. They will hold you accountable for what you said you would do and remind you of the goals you previously set. They will challenge your assumptions to help you see things from a different perspective. And most importantly, they will encourage you and help you become the best leader you can be.
The best players have coaches – do you?