Everyone needs a coach. Someone or something to push us harder and farther than we are willing to go on our own. That is how progress is made.
When I was in graduate school, I had a good friend who also loved to cook. I taught him how to make good pizza dough and he pushed me to start making my own yogurt and labneh (a yogurt cheese – check out the links for great how-to resources). Together, we encouraged each other to do more, to be more creative, and to get more done. We were coaching each other on.
Today, the workout at our local Crossfit gym was three rounds of running 800 m, 50 hip extensions, and 50 sit-ups. Now normally, I would never walk into the gym and plan to do 150 sit-ups and run a mile and a half, but today I had the benefit of a coach there telling me what to do and how to do it – and I am better off for it.
As a final example, I have to acknowledge my loyal Husky, who never fails to remind me that we have to make two trips to the park or around the block each day. In this way, your coach does not have to be a person per se. In fact, we have been reading up on how dogs can serve to help improve one’s health and longevity.