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Coaching is one of the fastest-growing careers today. That’s because it’s a powerful engine for progress. If you want to accomplish something, the best way to learn is from someone who’s already done it.
That’s why I hired Steven Handel to coach me. He’s the founder of The Emotion Machine, one of the most popular psychology blogs in the world. He started it in 2009, and it’s still going strong.
My progress has dramatically accelerated since I started working with him. I’m not even close to reaching my goals yet. But, with his help, I’m now on the right path and moving faster than ever before.
Here are a few ways his coaching has improved my writing:
1. Giving Me Permission To Start
No one needs permission to start anything these days. Pursuing a creative career is more achievable than ever. You can decide to start a blog and publish your first post the same day.
When I started, I had a lot of hesitation and mental blocks holding me back. For some reason, after my very first coaching session with Steven those mental blocks disappeared.
Before that coaching session, I had published 3 articles in 2 months. After the session, I published 5 articles in 2 weeks.
Creating that much content gave me a powerful sense of purpose and progress.
2. Keep Going Through The Dip
“At the beginning, when you first start something, it’s fun. Over the next few days and weeks, the rapid learning you experience keeps you going. Whatever your new thing is, it’s easy to stay engaged in it. And then the Dip happens. The Dip is the long slog between starting and mastery. A long slog that’s actually a shortcut, because it gets you where you want to go faster than any other path.” – Seth Godin
After that initial rush of creativity, my progress slowed down a bit. I still published some posts, but they often took way longer to create than expected.
It’s during the down times that quitting is most appealing. During a 3 week period without publishing anything, it would have been easy to throw in the towel. Just say ‘This is not for me’ and give up on writing like I’ve done many times before.
However, that’s when having a coach is the most important. He helped me improve other areas of my life so they weren’t getting in the way of my creativity. He held me accountable to maintaining good habits so I would eventually build the discipline to publish consistently.
The only way to master any skill is to keep going, through the struggle.
3. Encouraging Big Goals
The only way to make massive progress is by setting goals that push your limits. When I set the goal of publishing an article every day, I had no idea if I could do it.
The moment I decided on that goal, I emailed Steven to share it with him. After that, there was no way to back out. He was going to hold me accountable to following through, no matter what.
Writing a post every day has been extremely challenging. I’ve been busy in other areas of my life too. Though it’s been difficult, I can feel my writing ability growing by leaps and bounds. I’m excited to see where this challenge leads! The feeling of growth and improvement is a powerful source of motivation.
I’d recommend hiring a coach for improving the most important aspects of your life. Sometimes we can spin our wheels for years without making progress. Then you hire a coach and start seeing massive growth.
As a coach, Steven has also been a very empathic and insightful listener. The Emotion Machine is a great example of his wide-ranging knowledge of self-development. If you’re interested in hiring him, book a coaching session here!