It’s important to be coachable because it’s one of life’s most important skills, whether or not you’re an athlete. If you’re a person who wishes to grow, learn, improve, you should care if you’re coachable or not. Being coachable equals a productive life. It means you’re ready to do what it takes to change, improve, or excel. It also means you’re open to listening to feedback, able to receive constructive criticism without taking it personally, and willing to take a look at your own performance in order to improve it. Someone who’s not being coachable will show many different characteristics like these below:
• Always thinking they’re right
• Not wiling to learn new things
• Not open to change
• Not accepting constructive criticism
• Don’t care about improving their life or relationships
• Disrespect to others opinions
When you look at the characteristics of someone who is coachable it’s easy to see that they’re the individuals who’ll succeed in life. The attitude of someone who is coachable is easy going, open and receptive, making anything they want to do in their life seem doable. They become an inspiration to those around them because they get results. If someone you respect, admire and look up to is trying to help you by pointing out an area of weakness or area of improvement, listen up. It might be the very thing you need to hear to achieve your goal.
Being coachable does not make someone weak or a pushover. Some may feel that if they seek out coaching it means they aren’t good enough. Being coachable doesn’t mean you have surrendered. It means you have the awareness to seek out someone to help you be better. It means you’re willing to have a discussion about something that might help you improve. Even if it makes you feel vulnerable, it is the secret to achieving many of your goals.
There’s wisdom in being coachable. It means you’re paying attention to other people and the experience, wisdom, skills and knowledge they’ve earned and you’re willing to listen close enough to see what might help you. If you’re not coachable, you’ll quickly find your experience with whatever you’re involved in becomes difficult. Being coachable means you’re leaving room for the possibility that there’s something you haven’t learned yet that could make you even better.