Being coachable is one of the most important attributes that you can possess in order to succeed in life. When you think of the term coachable, you may relate it to sports and the relationship between an aspiring athlete and their mentor or coach. Being coachable is a transferrable skill and ability that is applicable to every area in life.
Think about what it means to be coachable in terms of the athlete-coach relationship. To be coachable means to be willing to learn, grow and improve. It means that you are open to constructive criticism, critique and suggestion. It means that you are willing to put in the work to improve and willing to give 100% of your concentration and ability each and every day. To be coachable means that you are willing to make sacrifices to achieve your goals and that you are serious about reaching your dreams.
To reach a better understanding of the importance of being coachable, let’s look at the downfalls of being un-coachable for comparison. Those who are unwilling to be taught by leaders or mentors quickly reach a plateau. They are unable to learn anything new. By having the mindset that they are always right, they are unwilling to accept change and rarely experience new things. They tend to have a negative mindset and spread negativity to those around them. Because they tend to have an air or self-righteousness, they have difficulty accepting their own flaws and therefore make little progress in the way of self development or self improvement.
Now that we have brushed up on the advantages of being coachable, let’s look at some of the most common traits that coachable people share:
- They are humble. Coachable people have to possess a certain level of humility to be able to accept and process advice and criticism. They understand that their coaches, mentors, or leaders are in a place of authority for a reason and that they have the knowledge and skills that can help them to get where they want to be. They accept critiques with grace and move on.
- They listen. Coachable people listen with intent. They are invested in their own growth and want to soak up all of the advice they possibly can from their mentors.
- They have a thick skin. Coachable people don’t let critiques or disagreements discourage them.
- They are determined. Coachable people don’t rely on their mentors to push them to the finish line. They bring their A game every single day and make their coaches proud.
Being coachable doesn’t just apply to the world of sports. It is an invaluable attribute to possess, which will pay off exponentially throughout your entire life.
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