It was an executive coach who first introduced me to the idea that I was MORE than a pastor.
I was in my first year of pastoral ministry – in my late 20’s – with three young kids at the time. We added two more just a couple of years later.
He was a member of my church, around 65 or 70 years of age. His name was Don.
One day Don reached out to me and shared how he was an executive coach who worked with business leaders and entrepreneurs, and even a few pastors, to help them grow in their life and leadership.
He took the time to ask me about the goals dreams I had for my life and family, and what kind of plan I had for my own personal growth.
Umm…plan? I didn’t have a plan for my own personal growth.
Why would I need that?
Then Don shared something that I had never thought of before. He said…
“If you want to achieve greater levels of success in your life, you need to become the kind of person who is worthy of achieving that success.”
In other words, success isn’t necessarily a destination of achievement but more like a journey of becoming.
Another thing Don shared was that success isn’t an accident. It doesn’t just happen.
And it’s not something you can just hope will happen.
But, Don said, success is something that I could plan for.
Then Don asked if I would like his help to create a plan that would help me turn my goals and dreams into doable actions, and my actions into the results I wanted.
I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical at first.
What was this coaching thing about? And why would I, as a pastor, really need a coach, anyway?
Why Every Pastor Needs a Coach
Every pastor needs a coach, Don explained. Because every leader needs a coach. And anyone who wants to accelerate the achievement of their important goals and dreams needs a coach.
If you take a look at a cross-section of high performing individuals – people like athletes, entrepreneurs, business leaders, even pastors – one of the most common traits you’ll find is that they all have a coach!
The reason why is simple:
Growing leaders make the strategic decision to invest in themselves.
And one of the best ways you can invest in yourself is to invest in a coach who can help you see and create the future you desire, and overcome the forces of delay, doubt, and distraction which keep you tethered to the status quo.
That’s why I said yes to Don’s coaching invitation.
Because after all, if I wasn’t willing to invest in myself and my future…who would?
Six Things a Coach Can Do For You
Through my coaching relationship with Don over many years, I discovered first-hand that there are six things that a coach can do for you:
- Believe in you and help unleash the potential within you
- Be a sounding board – a safe place for you to share your frustrations, dreams, and passions
- Create clarity around the dreams, values, and passions that are most important to you
- Help you get unstuck and take permission to live the life you were made for
- Help you see new opportunities and create an abundance mindset
- Help you uncover the pathway to achieving your God-given goals and dreams
At Don’s funeral last year, I had the privilege of sharing a few words about what Don meant to me.
Honestly, I could have talked for hours.
As I reflected on the many “gifts” Don had given me through my coaching relationship with him over the years, I realized that the greatest gift was how he helped me cultivate an abundance mindset.
This abundance mindset opened up a whole new world of possibility within me. And it also grew my faith and trust in a limitless God who created a huge potential within me.
That’s one of the reasons why I’ve committed myself to sharing what I’m learning and experiencing, to help others uncover the pathway to the life, impact, and income they were made for.
Is Coaching Right for You?
Do you feel like you’re at a crossroads right now…Not sure which direction to go?
Maybe you have unfulfilled dreams and passions that you’re not sure what to do with?
Or you wish you could find a way to create more income for your family?
What if you could have someone to talk things through with? Someone who’s been there. Who understands what it’s like? And someone who believes that you really can live out your greatest calling?
If that sounds good to you, I invite you to apply for a free coaching session.