Be more coachable (and not just in the gym)

Be more coachable (and not just in the gym)

by Pamela Ng 21 Feb 2020

In life, there is no such thing as absolute perfection. This is especially the case when it comes to learning. By acquiring new and additional skills, we remain employable and relevant in the workforce. Career aside, personal progress is a valuable boon to have as well. However, the extent of your learning will be dictated by how coachable you are.


1. Have an open mind

Only by having an open mind, are you able to absorb information that is given to you. Without it, you are relying on the limited knowledge you have on the subject matter or worse, being predisposed to biased notions and prejudices. That only serves as a disservice for yourself because you end up hindering your ability to learn the new things.


2. Ask questions

The only silly question is the one that’s left unasked. Be sure to be crystal clear on what you’re supposed to accomplish. If you don’t, then be sure to seek understanding until you are fully satisfied with your grasp on the matter. Don’t worry about feelings of annoyance or silliness; a good coach will know the value that comes with leaving no stone unturned.


3. Seek feedback and improvement

Some skills can take a lifetime to master. In such cases, it is important to seek others’ opinions on how you can improve your practice. It’s not about seeking validation, but rather being critical when it comes to identifying your shortcomings. This allows for a more honest self-evaluation and thus, makes it easier to internalise constructive criticism and affirmative change.


4. Practise

Practise alone doesn’t make perfect; perfect practise makes perfect. Honing your skills and knowledge on the subject goes beyond just mindlessly going through the motions. Practise with intent – like it’s the last time you’re ever going to do it – and you will see improvement over time.


Knowledge is power, but power is nothing without skill. Learning takes patience and practise, and you can’t expect to bulldoze your way through everything in life. If you don’t adopt the correct mindset, not even the greatest teacher in the world will do you any good.