Train to Win: How Hiring a Coach Can Help You Succeed in Life and Business

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January 18, 2013 ‐ By Andrea Williams

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If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are determined to finally shed the extra pounds in 2013, it’s likely that you hired a trainer to help whip your (flabby) butt into shape. And with good reason: A study published in the March 2009 edition of the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that exercise done under the supervision of a qualified fitness instructor leads to a larger decrease in body mass and fat mass than exercise done alone.

Not surprisingly, working with a personal or executive coach can have the same positive impact on your career.

Patrice Washington, a personal finance author, speaker and coach, and the self-professed Wisdom & Wealth Money Maven, has been working with a coach off-and-on since 2006, when she owned and operated a real estate, mortgage and escrow firm in Manhattan Beach, California. She was making a great living – earning well into the six figures as a twenty-something – but she was overwhelmed and exhausted.

“My coach at the time held me accountable for creating the personal life I claimed I desired,” said Washington. “Not only did he force me to hire additional staff and delegate more to the current staff, he also challenged me to put more effort into a new branch of business. Not only did we increase productivity, but we increased revenue by at least 30 percent in six months.”

Now living in Atlanta, Washington said she currently hires a coach for at least 90 days each year, thus gaining the accountability and extra push she needs to dig deep and accomplish more. Since arriving in Georgia’s capital, she has significantly increased the online visibility of her new business, Seek Wisdom Find Wealth; she writes regularly for numerous publications (including BlackEnterprise.com) on the topics of wealth generation and money management; and she published her first book, Real Money Answers: College Life and Beyond.

“Coaching created the accountability I needed to make all of my ideas come to life,” Washington said. “I had been working on the first book for nearly 18 months. Once I began coaching, [my coach] challenged me to just get it done! I had it done in less than 90 days and have been able to make triple on the book sales what I invested into coaching.”

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