Why Your Relationship Needs A Coach

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Everyone could use a coach. ProConnect can help you find one for your relationship.

The best advice Google CEO Eric Schmidt has ever received is to have a coach.

"The one thing people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them," he told Fortune/CNN. Yes, even the CEO of one of the biggest companies out there needs someone who can provide him an honest, constructive critique. Watch him talk about it below.

In relationships, as in business, a coach, mentor or counselor helps you to strategize, stay motivated, and if need be, overcome challenges. Relationships are hard work and if the Google CEO uses a coach to help run a tech giant, relationships could probably benefit from them, too, don't you agree?

A 2001 study on the effectiveness of therapy showed 65 percent of married couples reported significant improvement based on averaged scores of marital satisfaction, and a 2008 International Coaching Federation survey showed 86 percent of clients were satisfied with their coaching sessions.

Here's the best part: you don't have to look far because our professional matching service ProConnect provides users with an easily searchable database that filters relationship professionals based on location, experience and areas of expertise. With ProConnect, you can find everyone from psychologists to social workers to matchmakers and dating coaches—and even connect via telephone.

Keep this in mind: getting a pro for your love life doesn't mean there's a problem. Just like you don't have to be out of shape to hit the gym or have a broken car to see a mechanic. It's all about upkeep and sometimes a fresh perspective can be more helpful than you think. In fact, don't think of them as coaches—think of them as cheerleaders.

Many couples who shy away from bringing in a third party are embarrassed or think only dysfunctional relationshps need pro help. This isn't true and matchmaker and dating coach Rachel Greenwald said it best: the stigma is all in your head.

"That's like someone saying 'I'm unemployed but too embarrassed to find a job,'" Greenwald told The Frisky in March.

Readers, have you used a coach, counselor or therapist for your career or relationship? Tell us about it!

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