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9 Qualities of High Achieving Coaches That Hold Them Back The Most

Last week, I wrote about the 10.5 Distinctions between successful coaches and struggling coaches. If you recall, successful coaches and struggling coaches often do things in a very similar fashion. The main difference, however, is that a struggling coach tends to sabotage themselves. For example, successful coaches give THEIR all whereas a struggling coach gives IT all – they don’t know when to stop.

Similarly, though, even successful coaches have qualities that can hold them back. Some of your best attributes can actually hold you back the most.

Below are 9 qualities that tend to hold even the highest-achieving coaches back.

1. You Are a Powerful Visionary

I won’t ever tell you to stop dreaming big. The very power of your vision, however, can be detrimental to your success. You see, it’s BECAUSE you dream so big that things can get overwhelming. When you have so many options available, it can be hard to begin a new project.

2. Coaches Experiencing Exponential Success

You have the admiration of everybody around you and it oftentimes feels like you haven’t had to work hard for your accomplishments. Because of this, it can be easy to misinterpret the nature of your rapid success. Instead, you feel like you’re hiding a “dirty little secret.” Many of the highest-achieving coaches on the planet judge themselves for being “lazy.” 

3. Deep, Competing Commitments Begin to Surface as you Become More Successful

Deep commitment and values are the basis of your motivation. There are times when  you are not making happen what you claim to be committed to. This  is a clue that there is a stronger, competing commitment to which you are unknowingly committed. 

4. You Get Comfortable in the Coaches Gray Zone

The Gray Zone is a pace set by runners which is too fast for recovery and too slow for growth. Running in the Gray Zone can feel like a tough workout. Continuing to run in this zone, however, will actually lead to a decline in performance. 

The danger for high-performing coaches is that their Gray Zone creates so much more than the average person’s. There is a temptation to continually underperform without even realizing that you’re doing so.

5. Successful Coaches Tend to be Talented Problem Solvers

Many coaches have a finely-tuned ability to scan the horizon for “danger.” Because of this, they have a bias towards problem solving and are energized by challenges/threats. Things like taxes, relationships, etc., tend to reach problem level status as they’re avoided until necessary. Additionally, coaches like this tend to struggle when trying to focus on longer-term goals. 

6. Coaches Seek Perfection

The more success and money you find, the greater the pressure to maintain this success. An unbearably high barrier is created to start each subsequent project. This barrier only gets higher, too, as it continually resets based upon the rewards of your previous project.

7. You are Future Focused

Having your attention firmly on the future enables you to take action immediately. Coaches that do this, however, tend to rarely slow down. Because of this, they fail to notice the impact of challenges that seem to resurface, time after time.

8. You don’t NEED Help

Well? You don’t. 

People are astounded by what you create. You’re one of the highest-achieving coaches and people that you know. You don’t need help from anybody. 

Which means you’re missing out on your very own personal support team. 

9. You miss out on the “Truth”

The higher you rise, the harder it is for you to open up to people. As you rise higher, it becomes more difficult for people to speak their truth. Top-performing coaches often have few people in their world who are willing to tell them exactly what they need to hear. 

The biggest challenge facing high-achieving coaches is that their game is so much bigger than anyone around them. They play at a level at which most people cannot even see how much they are holding back from what is possible. 

Taking Advantage of These Qualities with Transition Excellence

If you join Transition Excellence, we will teach you how to use these qualities you possess to your advantage. Not the other way around. 

Here’s what else you’ll get if you join Transition Excellence. 

  • You’ll gain access to a series of videos of me breaking down everything that you learned over the course of the last four videos. 
  • You’ll gain access to an incredible community full of incredible coaches who were also looking for a change. Coaches who have accomplished extraordinary things throughout their lives and who continue to do so right now.
  • You’ll gain access to weekly group coaching/training calls with myself and various members of my faculty. No theory – only real-time coaching. 

I’d like to invite you to speak with a member of my team if you have any questions.

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Additionally, Transition Excellence is also an ICF accredited program. You can learn more about the ICF by clicking here.

You CAN coach clients who are more successful, more intelligent, and wealthier than you. Believe me, they need your expertise more than you’ll ever know. 

Love. Rich

PS. I would also like to invite you to take my Coaching Excellence Scorecard. This quiz is designed to score you on the 4 pillars of coaching excellence. There are no right or wrong answers, only areas for improvement, which is where Transition Excellence comes in.

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