What Does It Mean To Be A Coach

A coach is there to guide you. Support you. Hold you accountable. Give you the tools you need to reach your goals. A coach is there to teach you and connect with you.

A friendship is not necessary for a successful client-coach relationship. If do you become friends, great! But, understand that there will be times when the coach needs to move beyond your friendship and step into their role as your coach. When they do, respect that boundary.

A coach should be encouraging and positive. Compassionate and empathetic. But a coach should also give you tough love when it's needed. Sometimes, you need someone to call you out on your BS and give you a dose of reality - and that's where a coach comes into play.

A coach is there to help you see the things you can't see. They help you understand why you should make the tough decisions that you NEED to make, rather than the ones you WANT to make. Because a coach sees the bigger picture - the long-term plan. And sometimes, as clients, we lose sight of that. We struggle to prioritize our long-term goals over our short-terms. A coach helps with that.

A coach is never satisfied with what they think they know. A coach should continue to educate themselves. A coach should also grow and learn, just like a client does. 

A gentle reminder that you could have the best coach in the world, but if you aren't listening to what that coach says, nothing will change. You'll be in the exact same spot as you were. It's up to YOU to decide if you are ready and able to change - not your coach. If you commit to the plan laid out before you - you will see a return in that investment. 

I truly believe that it is a privilege to be a coach. And a HUGE responsibility. I want my clients to become the best versions of themselves, not just physically, but mentally as well. 

Lastly, before you take on the title as "coach," make sure you understand what that entails, and that you're prepared for this incredibly demanding (but very rewarding) role. People put their trust, bodies, and health in your hands. Don't take that lightly.

Author: Megan Markoff, Head of Coaching & Development, @meganmarkoff