The room is packed. Attendees have traveled from far and near to be there.
Your boss is seated so close, with one her closest confidantes at her side, you could easily reach out and touch them.
The moment you inhale to begin, the boss’ buddy whispers in her ear and she replies, in a loud stage whisper that sounds like a bad imitation of Daffy Duck, “of course she’s a professional!”
During my short-lived, less-than-stellar career as a church organist, at the funeral of my sister-in-law’s father, in the church where her mom was the regular organist. The whisperer: my SIL’s uncle, the one who hadn’t seen me since I was an vapid tween with a mad crush on his son.
I got through the service by biting the inside of both cheeks to keep from cracking up.
“Of course she’s a professional.”
And, of course, she needed to hire one that day.
When you’re in deep, raw grief, your hire another organist to play your husband’s funeral, even if their expertise doesn’t match your own.
When the emotions aren’t so strong, when you’re feeling like you need to make a change but aren’t sure what, though, the decision whether to hire a professional or muddle through on your own becomes less clear.
Color your own hair or go the pricey salon?
Paint the house before you move in or hire a pro?
Try to create a website yourself or contract with a web designer?
Your decision depends on your skill level and ability to learn, how patient you are and how much time you’re willing to invest in DIY-ing the hair, the house or the web hosting.
What if you need help with something bigger?
Your career. Your business. Your work life and your life’s work.
When do you hire a professional to help you get clear and make wise decisions that lead to more success?
You’re smart, so even if you lack the skills you need to get clear enough to make good decisions about your future, you could learn them.
But you probably won’t get where you want to be as quickly as you would if your worked with a professional coach.
And in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, time is of the essence.
No matter your self-coaching skills, though, there’s one thing a coach can bring that you can’t: a different perspective.
You don’t need someone to step in and take your place the way I did at that funeral.
That’s not coaching.
You don’t need someone who’s an expert in your field – because, if you’re embarking on a career transition, you might not even know what your new field is going to be, right – or who’s as good at doing your job or running your business as you are, the way I (almost) was on that organ bench that day.
That’s not coaching, either.
You need a skilled, professional coach.
One who’s a pro at asking powerful questions.
Who brings a new, supportive, unbiased 360 perspective – the kind you, your friends, family and colleagues, no matter how well-meaning, simply cannot.
Who has the expertise and experience to help you see yourself in a new way so you can make good decisions that support success on your terms.
That, my friend, is coaching.
And it’s something I do way better than I ever played the organ.
I hope you never find yourself suddenly needing to hire a substitute organist for a funeral.
I do hope, though, that you want to grow, develop and flourish in your work and your life, throughout your life – something the right professional coach can help you do more effectively and likely more quickly.
If you’re curious about what working with me – as a coach, definitely not as organist – might look like, let’s talk.
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