Being Your Own Coach

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Being Your Own Coach

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Coaching can be a very tricky situation. Often the goal is to help the coached person see new opportunities, close a skill gap, or re-channel energy and effort to be the best that they possibly can be.

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Improve, make life easier, job performance better, or obtain new levels of competence and success, a good goal for anyone, or everyone.

After many years of helping people through training and coaching efforts I find that there are often two things stopping anyone from improved performance; the failure to see the difference between current performance and excellent performance, or the conscious or unconscious act of blaming someone else. People who can’t self-assess, are self-satisfied (seeing no need to change), or believe that others own the entire responsibility, may be working hard but going nowhere.

Hard work doesn’t mean it’s the right work and no one likes wasted effort.

So if you consider that the problem is not entirely someone else, but could in part be our own individual reactions to our environment, it seems that the best energy might not be spent on trying to change the other person. The best energy might be spent on changing our reactions to the environment around us.

Sometimes, you can be your own coach.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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July 26, 2016at 6:29 am

Or, as the ancients say, “As within, without.” Self-coaching is the renewal of one’s Mind.

Have a Happy Day 🙂

    Dennis Gilbert

    July 26, 2016at 7:21 am

    Yes, I believe that is a good point, and I would add that our mind must be open for the renewal to take place.

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