A young man approached me after a seminar recently with a question. “How can I get into coaching like you’re doing?” he asked. “…you know, ministry coaching, life coaching, that sort of thing?”
I responded the way I almost always do:
“Tell me about the coaches you have in your life right now.”
Very long pause.
A very familiar, very long pause.
If you are a consultant or coach (or want to be one), let me be direct. If you don’t have and use coaches and consultants yourself, you are (dare I say it?)…a hypocrite. If you want a job as a consultant but don’t believe in the consulting/coaching process to have one yourself, you might as well do something that has more integrity.
If you want to be a consultant or coach, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Find yourself a coach (or 5) who can help you move in the direction of your dreams. Once you’ve worked that process for a year or so and you have found it life-changing, then you’re ready to be a coach yourself.
I know. Having a coach is not something normal people do. It is not something weak people do to prop themselves up. In my experience, having a coach is a peculiar practice of champions.