Becoming a rockstar coach. It’s in your destiny.How do I know?
You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t already possess 2 important traits the world’s best coaches share…
The need to continuously learn and the need to keep getting better.
Use these traits to make the following high performance habits a part of your life.
Then watch your success as a coach, go straight through the roof.
Habit #1: Ask for (Negative) Feedback
More praise, less criticism.
That’s what we’re hoping for when we ask for feedback and testimonials from our clients.
But if you’re serious about hitting your highest potential as a coach, you need to go the other way.
Ask for feedback – negative feedback.
This requires incredible courage but it’s also one of the most powerful things you can do to boost your performance as a coach.
Asking your clients about what’s not working gives you an amazing opportunity to hone in and fine tune your coaching skills.
This is the tool rockstar coaches use to become the best in their niche or field of expertise.
Adopt this habit and you’ll start to see incredible improvements in yourself as a coach and in the results you’ll create for your clients.
Habit #2: Sleep In Cycles
As a coach, you want to be at the top of your game. At all times.
You know sustaining high performance includes getting enough sleep. So, you aim for at least 7 hours a night.
That’s a smart move, right? Not really.
Recent research and in-the-field case studies show that when it comes to getting the rest you need to perform at your best, completing your sleep cycles matters more than total hours per night.
Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to top performing star athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo, says high performers need to think of sleep in terms of 90-minute cycles.
If you aim to wake up at 7am, calculate backwards in 90-minute segments to decide when you need to go to bed.
For a 7am wake up time - considering a 15-minute gap time to fall asleep and start each cycle - it could be 9:45pm for 6 cycles of 90 minutes each, 11:15 pm for 5 cycles, 12:45am for 4 cycles, and so on.
The aim here is to achieve high quality sleep and not just quantity.
Waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle – no matter how many hours of sleep you’ve had – results in grogginess and lethargy.
The reason? You could be waking up the middle of a deep sleep phase.
Sleeping based on 90-minute cycles, rules out this possibility. It allows you to wake up when you’re in light sleep mode so you’re alert and refreshed even if you managed just a few hours.
Littlehales recommends getting 35 sleep cycles a week in total. You can catch up on your cycles during the weekends if you need to.
Never underestimate the power of rest.
Deep sleep keeps your brain firing on all cylinders and helps you hit it out of the park when you’re working with clients.
Habit #3: Seek Discomfort
Find ways to feel uncomfortable. As often as you can.
The more uncomfortable, the better.
When you seek discomfort you’ll grow, improve and expand as a coach and as a person.
Think you’re a night owl? Train yourself to wake up at the crack of dawn (plus, many of the most successful coaches I know get their best work done in the morning).
Hate working out? Train yourself to go to the gym or work out at home at least 5 to 6 times a week.
The true power of doing difficult things is this: you will no longer resist or fear the things that you dislike, that require hard work, discipline, and focus.
You’ll learn to look past challenges and obstacles. You’ll be free to concentrate on the results you want to create in your life.
Seeking discomfort, going outside your normal routine and doing the things you wouldn’t naturally do, will bring you massive benefits.
It will increase your capacity to learn, improve your thinking and allow you to reach higher levels of performance in all areas – including coaching.
Getting to rockstar status is a privilege reserved for coaches who are brave enough, bold enough and focused enough to try new ideas.
To push past old habits. To experience temporary discomfort.
These high performance habits may seem strange. Unusual. Even weird.
But they’re based on cutting-edge research and they’re used by some of the world’s most successful thinkers, sports personalities, and entrepreneurs.
Take them, run with them and watch yourself turn into a rockstar coach who consistently produces results for your clients…
And for yourself.