Why You Need a Coach

Jeff Heggie Success Coach


The best athletes in the day, the Gretzky’s, the Michael Jordan’s, they all had a coach. Still to this day, the best have coaches. Because the coach can see what you can’t see.

Tony Robbins

Many of the most well known and successful people, from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio to Hugh Jackman all worked extensively with a coach. When people who have never had a coach before first talk to me about coaching, the beginning of the conversation typically sounds something like this:

“I feel like I need a coach, but I really don’t know. What would a coach do for me?”

I was recently at a Tony Robbins UPW (Unleash the Power Within) event where Tony said, “Everybody needs a coach or a mentor. Someone that is not a close friend and will be direct and honest.” 

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet (former CEO of Google) said: “everyone needs a coach.”

Obviously, not everyone is going to go out and hire a coach. Would they benefit from it if they did hire a good coach? Absolutely.

But my guess is that if you are reading this, you’re not just part of the “everyone” crowd. My guess is that you belong to the group of people that know that you are responsible for your own life and there are always opportunities for growth and improvement. 

Whatever your situation, you don’t have to settle for the life you are living, it’s possible to achieve more.

What I won’t show you in this article is how a coach will solve all of your problems for you. A coach won’t achieve your goals, save your marriage, get you into shape, make your company successful, or make you rich. There are many things that a coach is able to do to help you do all of those things, but you are still one that will need to do them.

What I will do in this article is show you some of the things that a coach will help you with that can bring more joy, success, and achievement into your life. I’ll show you that if you want to have more success in your life, a coach will be a great investment in yourself.


Coaching is one of the most valuable tools in the world. A coach has a different perspective and can see some things that you can’t see because they are looking from the outside


One of the most common things that I hear when someone tells me that they need a coach is that they need someone to hold them accountable.  This is why Tony Robbins says that you need a coach or mentor that is not a close friend or family member. A coach isn’t there to be your friend. A coach is there to produce results. You need a coach that will hold you to your word and keep you accountable.

A coach is focused on helping you to create lasting results. She will hold  you accountable to achieve your desired results. 

But you can’t be accountable if you don’t know where you are or where you are going. That’s why it’s important to have clarity.

Gain Clarity

Do you have a coach? If not, you could be limiting your career success.

William Arruda

In The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale says:

“Think of a ship with the complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and crew know exactly where the ship is going and how long it will take – it has a definite goal. And 9,999 times out of 10,000, it will get there.

Now let’s take another ship – just like the first – only let’s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm. Let’s give it no aiming point, no goal, and no destination. We just start the engines and let it go.i think you’ll agree that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink or wind up on some deserted beach – a derelict. It can’t go anyplace because it has no destination and no guidance.”

A coach will help you to gain clarity in your goals and what you need to do to achieve them. A coach will help you to gain clarity in all areas of your life and in your decision making. Without clarity, you’re no different than the ship without a crew and captain, with no aiming pint, no goal, and no destination.

However, you can have all the clarity in the world and if you don’t believe you can do it, you won’t. You have to have the right mindset to reach your desired destination.


Master your mindset and you’ll master your life.

Jeff Heggie

I believe that this is the most important aspect of coaching. Without the proper mindset, you will fail at all of the other points I’ve listed here.

Many people live their lives controlled by their limiting beliefs that tell them why they can’t achieve their dreams. Why they can’t reach their goals. Why they can’t… Why they can’t…

A good coach is able to help you to develop a powerful mindset that allows you to have faith in your goals and plans. A powerful mindset allows you to build your self-confidence. As your confidence increases, your momentum cycle spirals upwards bringing you more great results.

Having the right mindset allows you to believe.

Pushes You

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

A coach is there to push you. Without action, the perfect plan won’t succeed. The captain and crew can know exactly where they are going and have all the tools, but if they never leave the harbor, they will never get to their desired destination.
A good coach will push you to step out of your comfort zone on a regular basis. The more often you are forced to step out of your comfort zone, the larger that comfort zone becomes.

Every day that you take intentional actions, you’ll get closer to your goals.

Saves You Time and Money

Don’t wait for opportunity, create it.


In 2005 I founded a company called Kodiak Mountain Stone. I wish that I could say that I have ran it absolutely perfectly since then, but I haven’t. I’ve had a number of learning experiences over the past 15 years. If you were to start that same business today, how valuable would my knowledge and experience be to you? How much time and money could you save by having that knowledge?

Your coach may not be in your same industry, but a coach with a diverse background and a lot of experience will save you time, money, and likely a lot of pain. They will also add an outside, fresh perspective that can open your eyes and mind to opportunities that had not yet occurred to you.

In 2008, in the middle of a recession that was reaping havoc on our industry I was considering a number of different options to pivot our company. But none of them seemed to fit exactly what I was hoping for. But in the middle of it all I had the opportunity to take part in a conference which I sat at a table with a lady who owned a scrapbooking company. As she shared a story about a pivot she had made with her company, it occurred to me that I could do something very similar with my stone company. I would have never thought that I would get ideas from a scrapbook company to implement into my stone company, but it worked.

This is a benefit a coach brings as an outside set of eyes to your life and business. They will see things from their own perspective and be able to give you options you may have never thought of.


Believing in yourself is the first secret to success.


A coach can help you to achieve your goals quicker than you will do it on your own.

Whether you’re working on your business, your life, your relationships, or something else, a good coach will be a smart investment.

Studies conducted by the International Coaching Federation on the effectiveness of life coaching showed 99% of the people they interviewed saw their experience working with a life coach as rewarding, while 96% stated they would do it again. Moreover, 65% said working with a coach helped improve their performance at work, and 80% said it helped improve their self-confidence.

If you want to reach and even exceed your biggest dreams and goals faster than you thought possible, take a look at the coaching packages we offer to see which is the best fit for you. He can find my High Achievers Coaching Programs HERE

I’ve created a “Mindset Questions” worksheet. If you follow this daily, you’ll see amazing results quickly!

Get the Mindset Questions worksheet HERE!

Published by D. Jeff Heggie

Father, Husband, Coach & Entrepreneur

4 thoughts on “Why You Need a Coach

  1. Also found this great list from Megan Brame (Instagram: @stopsuckingatbusiness)
    5 Obvious Reasons You Need a Coach
    1. You want results faster than you’ve been getting them.
    2. You need accountability and support.
    3. You need help to see all of your blind spots
    4. You can’t figure out why you’re still struggling.
    5. You’ve been trying on your own and it’s not working.

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