Should I Hire a Coach? Five Things to Consider

Mar 22 2017

by Rachel Camfield

The Southern Coterie blog: "Should I Hire a Coach? 5 Things to Consider" by Rachel Camfield (photo: Kathryn McCrary for The Southern C + guide2athens + Waiting on Martha)
(photo: Kathryn McCrary of Epting Events for The Southern C + guide2athens + Waiting on Martha)

Your friends ask you to bake your amazing cakes for every event and party.

Your colleagues keep telling you to start an online shop or an Instagram account for your products.

You’ve been writing, taking courses, and perfecting your craft for years upon years.

You’re feeling really stuck and have no idea where to go or what to do to get to the next level.

You’re watching people you know whiz by you and step out online with their new business, brand, or creative pursuit.

In world where we can Google any question we have and find a video tutorial taking us step by step through what to do, it’s simple to think bootstrapping, using a search engine, and talking to our friends about making our goals into a reality is a good idea. These things will save money, get the job done, and are usually pretty available.

I am so grateful we are living an abundant time such as this, with so much information in the palms of our hands. If you have a can-do attitude, you probably have one foot in the “research” world already. I commend your vision and wanting to make it happen!

But when you consider the time spent researching, teaching yourself, and not to mention the vacuum-like world online business can be, void of feedback and support, hiring a coach with the kind of experience you are looking for might be just what the doctor ordered.

Here are 5 things to consider if you are thinking of hiring a coach for your life, brand, or business:

1. Self Awareness

“To thine own self be true.” – Shakespeare

Understanding what your strengths are, your areas for improvement, what makes you tick, and what makes you feel the most in harmony is incredibly valuable information. The clearer you can come into focus about these aspects of yourself, the greater sense of direction you’ll have. Consider taking a personality assessment like the DISC or Myers-Briggs. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken one, refresh and do a new one. You’ve possibly changed!

2. What do you yearn for?

“Being happy never goes out of style.” – Lilly Pulitzer

Knowing where you want to go, how you want to feel when you wake up, and connecting to your innermost desires will help flesh out the kind of results you want to achieve with the help of a coach. What really fires you up? What is your version of success? Asking yourself these questions will point you to what matters.

3. Where do you stand?

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” – Pema Chodron

What do you feel is your biggest challenge in your world right now? Understanding what you feel like you’re up against or want to change will help you identify what kind of coach you want to hire.

4. What is going really well in your life?

“Gratitude changes everything.”

Opening your heart to what you’ve done well, what you appreciate, what makes you feel the most alive will set your on fire and remind you what a powerful creator you are.

5. Know Your Number

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Understanding what kind of an investment you want to make is very important. There is amazing support for every budget, and knowing your number will empower you to choose wisely and go after who you want.

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Rachel Camfield View More Blog Posts from this Author

Rachel Camfield is a life and brand coach who helps heart-centered creatives and entrepreneurs find clarity and come home to themselves, to their brands, and sometimes both. She believes in the art of planning for success while creating a sparkly and inviting atmosphere to foster positive growth, personal development, and life + brand empowerment. She's also a designer, writer, power-walker, fantastic floral-arranger, and mom to her 4 lb toy poodle, Wally. You can find her on social media @rachelcamfield.

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