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What A Difference A Coach Makes

   By: Ken Donaldson

In being a resident of the Tampa Bay area since 1979 I have had front line exposure to the highs and (mostly) lows of our local professional football team, the Buccaneers. However, in 2003, for the first time in team history, the Bucs went to the Super Bowl. This was also the first year that the team had John Gruden as their coach.

Coincidence? Probably not.

All you sports fans will remember that it wasn't until Phil Jackson came to coach the Chicago Bulls that Michael Jordan was part of a championship team.

The difference, again, was the coach.

Every athlete, professional or amateur, has a coach. So do other people of high stature, such as Oprah and Barbara Streisand.

Guess what?...So do I!

However, the difference is that an athlete has a coach for the game, where as Oprah, Barbara and myself have a coach for something much bigger and more important: Life.

Here are three advantages of you having your own personal Life Coach.

  • First, your coach wants you to “win”. Your coach is there to totally support you, encourage you, and challenge you to be your best. Your coach wants you to have the greatest life that you possibly can. Your coach is 100% percent invested in your greatness. Your coach will know you like no one else has and because of all this, you and your coach will team-up and create the life that you will love to live.
  • Second, your coach will help you to create an effective and fulfilling life plan. Your life plan will give you direction. You will have specific goals to aim for and daily action steps to work yourself towards your goals. With a life plan you are in action to having a fully prosperous life. Your life coach will help you stay on your path and hold you accountable for your highest good.
  • Third, your coach will help you see your blind spots. As an outside observer, your coach will be able to see areas of your life that you cannot see. Your coach will “shine a light” into these areas so you may gain insight and awareness. When you have more insight and awareness you can be more proactive and make more successful decisions in life.

An athletic coach has one goal: for the athlete to win. Likewise your life coach is committed for you to have your greatest win: Win in life!

Ken Donaldson has been based in Tampa Bay offering counseling, coaching, and educational programs since 1987. His REALationship Coaching programs empower people to have more successful lives, businesses and relationships by building a powerful relationship with themselves first. Visit his website at for more information and sign-up his free e-program Illuminations and Sparks of Brilliance. Ken is also the author of the upcoming book Marry YourSelf First!

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