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3 Magical Questions to Ask Yourself Before Working with a Coach

You have reached the point where you know you need a coach. Congrats!

Time to dive into the expansive world of coaching and find the right one for you.

You chatted with a few and you have found the perfect coach who understands your needs. You know they’re going to push you out of your comfort zone and you’re ready for the challenge.

Or are you?

Investing in yourself can be scary, so before you hire a coach, you need to answer these 3 questions.

Do a self audit

Do a Self Audit

Regardless of what kind of coach you have hired, they cannot help you if you can’t steer them in the right direction.

Take a detailed look at yourself, your habits, and your life. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What are your goals for the next 12 months. Consider both personal goals and business ones.

What are you ultimately looking to attain with the help and guidance of this coach? Use the rest of these questions to figure this out.

What is working in your business and life right now?

What IS Working?

It can be easy to feel so overwhelmed that it feels like literally nothing is working for you anymore. I need you to hit pause, take a few deep breaths, and look at yourself and your life from 30,000 feet. There may well be several things falling apart, but there are at least 2 or 3 that are actually working well. I bet if you dive deep enough, you’ll find several things working well.

Look at your business. What systems and tools are working for you? Is your CRM saving you time and money? It stays. Is your social media scheduler saving you time? It stays. Does your current method of writing content flow easily? It stays.

Look at your home. Does your current laundry system keep your family in clean clothes? It stays. Is your meal planning system keeping your grocery bill low and your family fed? It stays. Do your kids get their homework done on time? That process stays.

This is not about perfection or even efficiency. You are simply looking for the systems and routines that aren’t adding to your workload or wasting your money. As a coach, the last thing I want to do is suggest changes to a system that is working. I want to focus on what isn’t working first and foremost.

This step will help reinvigorate you and encourage you because you will prove to yourself that not everything is falling apart after all.

Help your coach help you. Know what is working in your business and your house right now.

What ISN'T Working?

Now that you’ve figured out what is working, it’s time to figure out what’s left. What isn’t working? Do the same exercise we just went through above and evaluate all of the remaining systems, routines, and tools.

Do you have a contractor who is a pain to work with and takes extra time getting everything accomplished? Might be time to replace them. Does your planning system and routine leave you filling in the gaps every week? You need a more detailed system. Is your social media scheduler not giving you the insights you really need to move forward? Chuck it and reinvest that money in a program that does.

Are you left doing all of the chores around the house? Time to create a responsibilities chart for the family. Are you left scrambling every night at dinner? Find a new meal planning system. Are you overly exhausted all of the time? You need to invest in some self-care. Are your kids clamoring for your attention every time you open your computer? You need to build in some more kid-only time.

Give your coach a starting point. What do you already know isn’t working? Make a list and prioritize these challenges. Give that list to your coach and let them breathe life into you as they help you sort it all out.

What does success look like for you?

What Does Success Look Like?

You need to be able to quantify what success looks like. It’s different for every person and once you figure it out, it’s a great motivation. As a mom, it’s easy to see success in other people, especially our kids. It’s equally as easy to see every nit-picky failure in ourselves. You know you need a coach. You’ve found the perfect one. Now, how will you evaluate whether their process or program is actually working for you?

Are you looking for a certain new habit to be built? A new laundry system set up? A new chore system set up and working? Trimming out useless systems & routines? Maybe it’s reclaiming 5, 10 or 15 hours per week. Or even increasing your profits enough to be able to hire your first team member!

It’s going to look different for everyone and your coach can’t guess it. It might even be something intangible like how you feel every day. Figure out what your success is and you’ll start out ahead of the game with your coach. 

In the end, your coach can walk you through all of these things. That’s why you’ve hired them. However, would you rather spend your valuable time with your coach answering these three questions or have your coach help you solve your challenges?

Katelyn Patton Accountability Coach
What to Ask Yourself Before Working with a Coach

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