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Anyone shopping for a new pair of shoes? What does this have to do with finding the right coach?

Are you a Shoe-aholic? Seriously, does shopping for shoes really help your mindset and change how you feel about yourself?

  • What do you think about when you go shopping for a new pair of shoes?
  • What matters most, is it the name, the brand or comfort?
  • Is it the price, meaning you must spend at least “X” amount of dollars for a pair of shoes or, well, they can’t be any good!
  • Are you a trend setter? Do you just have to have the latest fashion?
  • Do you feel you will break them in and they will be comfortable and you just buy the look and the brand and then you wear the shoes and your feet are killing you?
  • How many pairs of shoes do you try on before you find just the right pair?
  • Last question, do you have a salesperson put your shoes on and off for you or do you do it yourself?

Relax, it’s just us, you and me, think about what your legs look like when you put on the shoes you just bought. That is why you purchased that pair right?

The shoes are going to make your legs look so appealing and they really make your whole outfit. This was your plan all along. You might have asked another shopper you don’t even know in the store “Do you think this pair looks better on me or this pair?” Maybe you decided to buy both pairs of shoes.

You now have your new pair(s) of shoes and you have them in the box and you are so happy walking and carrying your box with your new shoes. You feel excited, inspired, like you can conquer the world!

  • Do you spend as much time deciding which coach, adviser or mentor is the right one for you to work with as you spend deciding what pair of shoes to purchase?
  • Does the coach fit your style, your needs, your plan for yourself and your business?
  • Will your new adviser understand you and your business quickly or will the initial time become a painful ordeal?

I am a firm believer in a coach, an adviser, a mentor having their own coach, adviser or mentor. Someone who is stretching them to new heights while they are stretching you to achieve your big dreams and visions. We all need to be growing and learning. When your coach, adviser or mentor is working with their own mentor you will obtain a huge lift in your thinking and the specific work with you will be influenced greatly by their work with their mentor as well.

Another item to think about is the type of coach who wants to put you in a box. In their model of coaching you must fit into a specific category and then based upon which one you fall into – you are now in that box.

This unfortunately means you may not be listened to or seen as who you uniquely are as there is now an assumption you have the characteristics and the thought process of the others who populate the box. Or you must be spoken to a certain way.

Here are a few thoughts for you to consider:

  • Find a person to work with who you feel will make you strive for greater and bigger visions and dreams and will create a plan and action steps with you so you are moving in the right direction.
  • This person should be able to bring out in you the aspects of yourself which may have been holding you back or you were blinded to see where you were being weighed down.
  • Think about how when you found the right pair of shoes you saw how the look of your legs were enhanced and how thrilled you were after your purchase. You should feel this way each time after you work with the right coach, adviser or mentor for you.

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  1. Mitch
    Really great analogy (as always!). Lots of food for thought esp this: This person should be able to bring out in you the aspects of yourself which may have been holding you back or you were blinded to see

  2. Consiglieri! You nailed it again! ♥ Katherine.

  3. Great article about how we choose – or not!
    Sue P.

  4. From one cool dude to another–you ROCKED this article. You have ME thinking about a mentor differently now:) Thanks.
    Dr. Robert Fenell

  5. Mitch,
    ((Applause)) way to speak our language!! You have successfully found your way into the mind of a shoe buying female<3 Great comparisons and analogies. Mentorship looks great on the person experiencing it–just like a great sexy pair of heels–but I guess you knew that!
    Kiyla Fenell

  6. This is a very interesting metaphor for the way we do business, and the way our clients do business.

    On the shoe thought~ if the shoe fits I wear it!

    On the business thought~ I’m always looking for the right fit.

  7. Great shoe analogy Mitch. Just like the wrong pair of shoes, a wrong coach/mentor can result in Blisters, Bandaids and Bunions!

  8. Mitch,

    This is excellent advice. It is so important to find a coach and/or mentor who sees your individual gifts and doesn’t try to pigeonhole you into being something you are not or insist that your ideas won’t work because it’s not the way they choose to do business. Successful businesses hinge on individuality and creative spark that cannot be duplicated even if often imitated.

    GREAT post.

    Write on!~


    • Mitch Tublin Business Strategist says

      Yes, you are so correct. Individuality and creativity trumps all.

  9. And sometimes you have to try them on more than once, walk round bit…

    • Mitch Tublin Business Strategist says

      A great coach will have you feeling like that favorite pair of shoes

  10. Solid advice from a creative thinker. (And great to connect with you again!)

    • Mitch Tublin Business Strategist says

      Hi Sherry,
      I appreciate your comments. I t was great to connect with you on the phone! Let’s do it more often, Mitch