It’s hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow.

In other cultures, coaches are known by many different names and titles. In Japan, a ‘sensei’ is one who has gone farther down path. In martial arts, it is the designation for master.

In Sanskrit, a ‘Guru’ is one with great knowledge and wisdom. “Gu” means darkness and “Ru” means light-A guru takes someone from darkness into light.

In Tibet, a “Lama” is one with spirituality and Authority to teach. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is the highest ranking teacher.

In Italy, a “Maestro” is a master teacher of music. It is short for “Maestro de capella”, meaning master of the chapel.

In France, a “Tutor” is a private teacher. The term dates to the 14th Century and refers to one who served as a watchman.

In England, a “Guide” is one who knows and shows the way. It denotes the ability to know and point out a better course.

In Greece, a “Mentor” is a wise and trusted advisor. In the Odyssey, Homer’s Mentor was a protective and supportive counselor.

All these words describe the same role: One who goes before and shows the way.

A Chinese proverb sais; “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back”.

The most successful people in the world, across any profession, have a coach or Mentor. You will never maximize your potential in any area without coaching. You may be good. You may be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be. We all do better when someone is watching and evaluating. Self evaluation is helpful but evaluation from someone else is essential. Good Coaches have 5 common characteristics according to John C Maxwell;

Care for the people they coach

Observe their attitudes, Behavior and Performance

Align them with their strengths for peak performance

Communicate and give feedback about their performance

Help them to improve their lives and performance