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If you're really ready to take this blogging gig seriously, a blogging coach could be what you need to accelerate the process. But to achieve life-changing results from your coaching experience, you need to remember it's is a team effort. Your coach is not “teaching” you, but working closely with you to make a transformative change in your blog and your life.
Here are some more ways to make sure that happens.
Know your desired end result.
You will achieve far more—as well as ensure you hire the right coach—if you identify your most important goal in advance.
Be specific and realistic. Coming up with answers like “I want to make millions by this time next year” is not a goal, it’s a daydream. While there have been a few people who have achieved that kind of success, it’s not a realistic goal for the average person, particularly if you don’t have one strong, identifiable product or skill that sets you high above the rest of the field.
A more measurable, quantifiable goal might sound like, “I want to identify a signature product I can create and have it set up and ready to launch after six sessions”
Interview your coaching candidates.
Choosing the right coach is all about finding the right mix. It’s part chemistry and part process. Make sure you and your potential coach fit together well by asking them key questions. You don’t have time for coaches who behave as if you are lucky to be signing up with them.
It’s your life and you’ve worked hard for the money you’re investing; make sure you get the right fit. Tell your coaching candidate what you want to achieve, and ask what he or she can do to help you achieve it. Determine whether their answers line up with your vision of achieving your goals.
Most of all, ask about your candidate’s coaching philosophy and core values. If you hear anything that doesn’t fit, he or she is not the candidate for you.
Identify mini-goals for each session.
You have a limited budget for coaching. After you’ve identified what your main goal is, break that down by session, estimating the number of sessions you need and how much you can afford.
You may not have a clue at first, but if you make the attempt to plan your sessions—achieving one specific mini-goal per session—you can discuss this with your coach at your initial consultation and ask for feedback on how realistic your expectations are.
Dealing with mini-goals per session can often really laser-focus your thinking. For example, if you’ve decided to deal with your biggest habit (let’s say it’s “procrastination”) in session two, you won’t procrastinate on tackling other things by discussing procrastination for several more sessions.
Ask yourself how each step will bring you closer to your goal.
For example, you might be planning to spend the next session with your blogging coach talking about organizing your physical office. Asking yourself how doing so will get you closer to your goal may help you realize that, while she could certainly provide you with some great ideas, this perhaps isn’t the most effective use of your $300-per-hour blogging coach. Instead, you refer to our last eKit, How to Streamline Your Blog Business, which covers the topic quite effectively!
Your coach doesn’t come with a ‘Get Rich Quick' guarantee.
Rather, a coach can help you remove blockages so that you are free to proceed towards your financial goals without further obstruction. She can help you strategize, analyze, and come up with a viable plan you can put into action.
Remember that if coaches do not do it for you, they can at least help you free yourself up to achieve goals by yourself.
Create a coaching proposal.
You should be able to create an actual plan with your coach, but before you meet for your initial consultation, sit down and figure out:
- How long you think the process should take”
- How many sessions can you afford?
Discuss these expectations in your first session or consultation. If you and your coach are on the same page, you will get far more out of your coaching experience. If they have something else in mind, determine whether their reasons are valid and if you would like to tweak your proposal.
If you can’t afford all the sessions you want, narrow your goals. Zero in on the most essential one, starting with any goal that can help put you in a position to increase your income.
Remember, if you remove one blockage and increase your income because of it, you will be able to afford more sessions.
Take a sabbatical.
Do you find you buy courses and join membership sites—and never have time to take part? You feel as if you are stuck endlessly peddling a hamster wheel at full throttle. You plan time off for personal or blog growth, but the need for income or client demands have you putting in overtime instead.
If this describes you, do your best to take more than a couple of hours off for coaching. If possible, plan a sabbatical where you take an entire month off for coaching sessions and implementation.
Discuss this with your coach and make sure this is a viable plan for both of you. But if you are able to take even two weeks off and dedicate it to what you learn in two or three coaching sessions, it will feel like a vacation and help you break your workaholic habits.
Give your own needs the attention they deserve!
Eager for more tips on how to best utilize a blogging coach? Make sure you subscribe to this month’s Blogger Building Blocks, How to Choose a Coach for Your Blog Business for more ways to get yourself back on track with the help of someone who’s been there.
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