The Southgate touch: How a great coach could transform your finances
Gareth Southgate really is the man of the moment, in England at least. While guiding a young and inexperienced England team to the semi-finals of the World Cup, finally vanquishing the curse of the penalty shootout, he has also inspired a surprising fashion craze for the waistcoat and spawned a hilarious Twitter hashtag, #GarethSouthgateWould, with fans lauding his all-round general nice-guyness.
Before the World Cup started, expectations for the England team were low but here they are with just Croatia to beat to gain a place in the finals. Whatever the outcome, it’s been a fantastic journey for England and most pundits agree that the secret of the team’s success comes down to great coaching. Southgate has been credited with creating an unbeatable team spirit, understanding the qualities of his players and working to the strengths of the team, namely a solid defence, a quality goalscorer in Harry Kane, hard working players and well rehearsed set pieces which have led to goals.
Southgate’s rapid promotion to godlike status shows just how much the role of coach is appreciated in sport. Why is it then that we often see the need for a coach in other aspects of our lives in a negative way? Having to call on expert help can often be perceived – entirely wrongly – as a sign of weakness. People are often embarrassed to admit that they are seeing a counsellor, pyschiatrist or life coach, which is a taboo we need to get over as these people can be instrumental to our mental health. In actual fact, the world would be a much better place if we all had access to a mentor to turn to in times of difficulty.
And it’s the same for finance. Put aside any preconceived ideas that financial advisers are only for the rich because this is definitely another area where all of us could benefit from the expertise and encouragement of a coach. Money management skills have always been sorely neglected in formal education yet we are all expected to grow up and know how to budget, save and invest. It makes perfect sense to get some expert advice to help you take control of your money matters and secure your financial future.
A financial coach can bring many different benefits such as helping you to clarify your financial goals, working out how you are going to achieve them, comparing different products on the market to find the best ones for you, putting in place insurance policies to protect your family and advising on tax-efficient ways to save for retirement.
Not all of our consultants are as dapper as Southgate, and as far as I know none have inspired a Twitter hashtag, but they are definitely at the top of their game when it comes to financial advice. If you are looking for a coach to support and guide you in managing your money, why not get in touch and let one of them give your finances the Southgate touch?
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