Why Being Coachable Will Help You Succeed

Posted by Aidan Badger on January 27, 2017


If you’re not coach-able, all bets are off.

Because if you’re not coach-able, you think you know everything already, and you don’t.

So as soon as you say “I know that already”, you’ve lost. You’ve turned your mind off to accept information.

You probably know that 2+2=4.

But as soon as you’ve said those ugly words previously mentioned, you’re mind has shut down.

You’ve told it that whatever comes next, you already know.

What comes next might be 3+3=6 or it might be…

You already new this, right?

But you already knew that so you don’t have to pay attention.

Don’t worry this NEVER gets any where close to being as complicated as that!

Ever watched a movie more than once?

Ever noticed something new the second time you watched it? Or the third…..

What if you said, “Oh, I’ve already seen that movie. I don’t need to watch it again.”

If you’d have started watching that movie with the aforementioned thought in mind, your attention wouldn’t have been on the movie and you probably would have missed things that you saw the first time!

Being coach-able is always keeping an open mind.

You never know when something new is going to come along.

And it may be hidden just enough that without your full attention, you’ll miss it.

Utter that killing phrase, even just thinking it, even unconsciously, will hold you back.

It is very important that you empty your cup and let those in the know teach you and show you how to succeed.

Put the ego away and be humble. It’s the most destructive thing you can hold onto.

I used to think I was coach-able. Oh, boy did I have a chip on my shoulder (or beard). I was coach-able as long as you told me what I already new or agreed with.

But try and tell me something that I disagreed with or went against the grain, I wouldn’t listen…and I wouldn’t learn.

I was not only not coachable, I was cynical and defensive.

“You can’t teach me anything about that. I already know it.”

What a twit.

The word humble to me meant weak and there was no way I was going to be a weakling.

But then that’s the rub.

I was weak but not a weakling.

I was weak in driving skills when I first started driving.

I was an airplane pilot so I knew how to fly but I was weak when it came to flying helicopters.

Happily I am now strong in both of those areas. But until I realized that weak skills require you to be humble, I wasn’t learning all I could.

And again, happily the negative connotation that I held in the word “humble” has disappeared and I am amazed at myself in how much I have learned and grown in the past few months.

So, are you coachable?

‘Cause if you’re not, you might want to re-think where you’re at.

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