Why do you need a coach or mentor for Your Medical Practice?

Do you want to grow your practice fast, efficiently and effectively without taking unnecessary risks or wasting time? That's truly one of the main reasons why you need a mentor or a coach.

Now a coach and mentor are slightly different. In my opinion, a mentor is more like a teacher, council, or adviser. So you seek a mentor if you need certain direction or advice on something that you're not sure of. It can be both a coach and mentor at the same time but coach, to me, is slightly different.

You have a coach to push you to the limit so that you can achieve higher than where you are right now.

A coach can provide you with assurance and accountability; they can hold your hand and motivate you. A coach has a slightly more active role in teaching. Mentors are a little bit different in that you have to be more active; you have to seek advice. You have to go to the mentor but a coach is going to be right by you every step of the way.

Many of you know already that I've been a serious martial artist. I've been practicing Japanese Aikido and Brazilian jiu-jitsu for many years. I still practice Japanese Aikido. Here are some quotes that can resonate with you as far as mentoring and coaching.

Bruce Lee once said, “He doesn't fear the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, however, he fears the man who practices one kick 10,000 times.”

Have you heard about the shiny object syndrome?

You can go for this and if it doesn't work you can go for the other. If you don't have good direction or good advice, then you will be poking around many different things but you're not really achieving anything.

Coaches and Mentors can give you the guidance you need to reach the next level.

A coach or mentor can give you great guidance; they can give you time-saving direction.

You can trust them and follow their path and perfect it for yourself so that it helps you achieve what you are looking for. You can trust your coach and mentor because they've done it before. They've done a lot of trial and error within themselves so you don't have to repeat it. In other words, you learn from what they’ve already gone through so they know they can teach you what works. That way you can save time, energy, and money and not go through the same trial and error.

 

Choose your coach and mentor wisely.

You need to choose your coach or mentor very wisely. Here is another quote: “Practice doesn't make you perfect but practice can make you permanent.”

I think originally the “practice makes permanent” quote is from Bobby Robson. Then I've heard a little bit different versions of it, even from Ben Hogan, my golf idol. So if you choose the wrong practice and continue to practice the wrong thing, it will only make you permanent. That's why it's very important who you choose as your mentor or coach.

I always thought I was lucky or fortunate to have great mentors and coaches. However, now I look back, it's not just luck; it's your direction, your mindset. If you are consistently thinking about improving yourself to become a better version of yourself, the universe will align with you. Or God, the Universal force, will be aligned with you and somehow it will bring it in front of you. The opportunities and chances will be presented to you almost naturally. I really think that it starts from within you.

 

A good coach or mentor can give you the right kind of things that you need to work on so you don't have to poke around different things. They can make sure what you practice is the right thing making practice more valuable and effective.

If you're struggling, concerned or if you don't know what direction you need to take, seek out a good coach or mentor. They'll help you tremendously.

If you need help setting up an OBS or learning MIFAS please don't hesitate to book a free strategy session with me and my team – Click here to book a time.

-TJ Ahn

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