Tell Me About Your Coaching Plan

Creating a realistic coaching plan in order to achieve the desired results is vital in any coaching business, no matter how high or low your goals are.

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The safest way to achieve your goals is by taking successive steps and gradually increasing your chances of accomplishing them.

Why Having a Coaching Plan is Important for Success

Try to think of a metaphor and compare your desires with a professional tennis competition.

The first thing you need to do, in order to have chances of winning any match is to make sure you are not afraid of learning what it takes to be great at the sport and practicing daily. Before you even consider entering any competition, you have to eliminate your fears, e.g. fear of failure, fear of being not good enough or fear of dealing with challenges.

Once you are convinced that your goal is worth fighting for, you have to do what’s hardest in developing your coaching plan: preparation. You cannot expect to win a professional tennis match when you don’t even know how to play tennis. Start with the basics by learning all about coaching and never skip any steps out of desire of reaching your goals faster. The experience and knowledge you are skipping will probably come back and haunt you later on. Prepare by taking gradually increasing steps. Your skills will progress each time and you will soon beat your own records every time you accomplish a goal.

It might take days, weeks or years to prepare for the “match”, depending on what your goals are in coaching. The main thing is to enter coaching feeling confident in your own success and having all the skills that would allow you to win.

Building your business one step at a time and keeping your coaching plans realistic give you two important benefits. First, you’ll have more confidence because you know exactly what you’re doing and everything is in order. With a solid coaching plan, there isn’t a need to re-engage each new issue on a day-to-day basis. Organizing your strategy reduces the chances of errors, making wrong moves or taking less efficient decisions.

Secondly, having a sound plan causes your subconscious mind to worry less, giving you more energy to concentrate on what’s important. You are creating a pattern in your awareness that accepts success and moves you towards achieving success in coaching.

When both your conscious and your subconscious mind believe in your chances of achieving a goal, you benefit from a power of concentration and focus that eliminate outside interference or negative thoughts and keep you on the path to success.

Even though chance may still play an important role in your quest to reach your coaching goals, having a realistic plan allows you to make the impossible possible.

How to Create a Good Plan

Many businesses fail because of poor planning. Among the factors contributing to their failures are not knowing the market, the competition, and the environment of the business. These could be avoided with proper planning.

It is essential in today’s world of business that detailed planning be conducted.

The following two steps are useful when it comes to planning your coaching business.

Market research is the first step in the process. It is necessary for you to know your product, your competitors, your target market, and what your competitors provide to their clients. During this planning phase, list the benefits and the potential disadvantages of the product you are selling. This will allow you to foresee the potential problems and develop corrective measures to handle such issues.

Next, you need to create a marketing strategy. There are a few things you need to consider such as your budget, your staffing needs, and the time-frame for your marketing campaign. You also need to determine any limitations and any tough issues that you need to overcome in order to effectively launch and carry out your marketing campaign.

Developing a coaching plan is a learning process. You will not only learn from the wrongs (i.e. the mistakes) and enhance the rights (i.e. areas of excellence) but also get your focus right.

This understanding and awareness will help you devise an effective plan that will see you succeed in coaching.

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Jeannie Cotter
Writer, Coaches Training Blog community”

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