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You have to believe in the coaching process if you are to move ahead.

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Coaching has become popular theses days, but in some cases it doesn't work out. On his blog, Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur Rajesh Setty offers seven reasons why coaching programs might not work for you:

You confuse a coach with a consultant

Consultants are retained to solve problems, while coaches are supposed to enhance your own ability to solve problems. If you confuse a coach with a consultant, "you will expect your problems to be solved by your coach. That will be a non-starter," Mr. Setty stresses.

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You confuse a coach with a therapist

Another non-starter is expecting your coach to be a therapist. Mr. Setty says you turn to a therapist when something is not working; you seek out a coach when nothing is broken but you can still benefit significantly.

You aren't committed to changing

You may be interested in making changes – if it's convenient for you. But you're not fully committed to making changes, whatever the complications.

Your expectations are unreal

You may have unreasonable, overambitious goals for what will result from working with the coach. "One of my friends says some people go to a coach when what they really need is a divine intervention," Mr. Setty quips.

You hide crucial details

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Unless your coach can read your mind, he or she can only work with the information you share. If you hide key details, the solutions you and the coach develop together to handle situations will be sub-optimal.

You doubt the process

You have to believe in the coaching process if you are to move ahead. Otherwise you are wasting your time and the coach's. As Henry Ford put it: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't – you're right."

You don't take action

With the assistance of a coach, you can develop a plan to deal with situations you want to change. But as with any plan, you have to take action if you want to make things happen.

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