“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”. Thomas Edison

You are here. But you want to be there. You look around and everyone else is there, except you (or so you think). This bugs you and you can’t understand why you struggle to get there. So you give it the old college try and…the rest is your life. Why is this the tread mill most people use? I’ll explain why.

Experience is a compilation of all your mistakes. Without mistakes you have no experience. Most of us are afraid to make mistakes, hence lack experience.

So what has this got to do with using a coach? A coach is someone who has made a lot of mistakes…and wants to share the learnings from those experiences with you so your ride is a little less bumpy.

Ok, so now what? What the heck do you do with a coach once you’ve got one? In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is Success.”

Coaching is a partnership. A coach works with you, to help you gain the clarity to define your goals and priorities. She points out the obstacles you face, especially the ones that everyone else can see but, somehow, you can’t. She shows how you often “get in your own way”. She makes it easier for you to move forward. So you ask “Why do I need a coach?”.

Because you want to do something differently or to do different things. Because you have goals and want to stick to them. Because you need to be held accountable for your actions or inactions. A great coach will let you look out the window while you travel the road together. An even greater coach will let you stop for gas once in a while.

Let’s face it, we all want fulfilling lives. So what’s the problem? It’s our perspective that stops us. We look at what we have…what we don’t have and we see a gap. In some cases a huge hole. We look for something tangible or intangible to fill that hole, but we don’t shift our perspective.

What a coach does is look at the platform from which you view your life or business and help you move to another platform with a better view. We encourage you to push the edge of possibilities, to travel beyond your comfort zone. We expand your horizons past what is considered normal and realistic, to a new way of thinking and ultimately being.

Find a coach who is succeeding. Copy what they’ve done and work harder than they have. To be coachable, you need to follow the lead of the people who are where you want to be. If you take action you build courage. If you don’t act, you build fear. Fear of failure, fear of making mistakes.

No mistakes, no experience. No experience, no success. It’s that simple. So celebrate the failures as well as the successes. They are  synergetic.  How do I know? I have made so many mistakes, I can’t count that high.

Odette Laurie

Odette Laurie

Women on Top

Odette Laurie, entrepreneur and founder of Women on Top, has lived and breathed the life of the women she coaches. Odette understands that entrepreneurial spirit, having developed a mere idea into a thriving business, while wearing all the hats from janitor to President. She looks beyond the problem and focuses on the opportunities. Her motto is ‘no stone left unturned, because you never know what gem you will find’. You can reach her at http://businesswomenontop.com/