This is a great follow up to "The Value of Coaching with Josh Melton". Josh has been coaching me through Marco Polo in 2023. I ask him questions and he responds. I am very coachable, so the content of my questions evolves over time from basic how-to questions to leadership and how my coach thinks questions. My goal is understand the Mind of Josh. How would Josh handle this situation? I have learned and grown as a student because I apply and take action on what Josh teaches me. I take notes on how the situation went and what I could have done better. The business improves. Do you see what I've done. I never have to ask Josh the same question twice.
Here is the value of the coaching. Josh has the experience that I don't. He has the revenue and the team that I don't. He has the leadership that I don't. What do I have? I have the humility to submit, to be teachable and coachable, to take action on the advice from my coach. I learn from the coaching and action that I take. I take ownership and therefore grow to the next level of leadership, coachability, teachability, accountability. I grow and get closer to winning. My mindset takes a step closer to my coach's. Meanwhile, my coach continues to grow so he always has plenty to teach.
This is music to any coach's ears. We all want our students and mentees to succeed. Here's the problem. Many of you are UN-teachable. You are UN-coachable. You won't take action or you won't take right action with the right resistance as Josh would say. You make the same mistakes over and over again. We try harder to help you get it and in the process, we get frustrated and give up. Do you know why? We want success for you more than you want it for yourself. "That's not true, Ken!" I do want to succeed. Answer me this. How many books have you read on leadership, business development, or people skills? How active and involved are you in your community through business networking, chamber events, and community service? How helpful are you and how good is your name in your community? How many social media posts, phone calls, and emails have you made to attract your ideal customer? How well do you know your numbers? How many times have you asked the same question on how to clean this or how to price that in a Facebook group? How much time do you spend growing and learning from a coach or mentor? How much action do you take and how fast do you take it? How eager are you to Go for No to get to Yes's faster?
Do you see the level of ownership it takes to truly be coachable and teachable? How would you grade yourself? I will be transparent. I would grade myself at a 7 for the majority of my entrepreneurial journey. There is one reason it was this low. I was too slow to take action. I spent too much time overthinking. I thought that I was learning how my coach thought, but how could I? I wasn't taking much action and action is the only way to acquire the knowledge. Napoleon Hill calls it Applied Knowledge. This allows you to get feedback from what you applied, which yields new questions. I grade myself much higher now. I 'm a 9. That's why we've grown so fast and I never ask Josh the same questions twice. That's why my questions have moved from HOWs to leadership questions. This is what it takes to truly be coachable.
If you ask your coach for a solution and he gives it to you and it works, do you ask him the same type of question again in the future? If you said yes, you are not coachable and you're not growing in your mindset. If you said no, congratulations. Let's say that a situation occurred in your business and your coach helped you through it. Your mindset has grown a level and now you understand the mind of your coach a little more. The next time a similar situation crops up, you can assume the mind of your coach and just take care of it. You don't have to bother your coach with the same thing more than once. "What if it's a different scenario or a different twist on the scenario, Ken?" Great question. You can do your best to solve the problem and simply send your coach a message. "Hey coach, here's the situation. It's similar to the last one. Here's how I think you would respond. These are the actions I would take. Do you agree? Or would you add anything or subtract anything?" Now you can take the coaching to the next level and learn the mind of your coach even deeper. You've got to be this type of a student so you can be coachable and grow in your mindset.
Do you feel challenged right now? Are you angry? If you said yes to either... good! That was my goal. I wanted to wake you up. You need a coach. How do I know? Because I need a coach. We all do. Even Michael Jordan, Bill Gates and the best athletes, actors, and politicians in the world have coaches. So why do you think you don't?!
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