A friend tell you what you want to hear
A coach tells you want you need to hear
A friend is concerned with how you receive a message
A coach is concerned with you getting the message
Friends are your friends because you share the same fears
Coaches are not friends because they challenge you to confront your fears
Friends anchor you to your past, and remind you constantly of it
Coaches seek to free you from your past, releasing you to seek your potential
Friends are your support system provided you don’t surpass them
Coaches seek to support you in surpassing each and every one of your goals
Friends distract you
Coaches focus you
Friends tempt you to spend time with them and detract you from achieving
Coaches challenge you to eliminate everything that doesn’t move you ahead
Read the biograpahies and auto-biographies of consistent peak performers and you will read as I have read: either they had few if any friends allowing them to focus on their goals or they disassociated themselves from friends in order to focus on their goals.
Concerned more about your friends, or your status with your friends, then welcome to mediocrity.
Concerned with achieving your potential, then welcome the freedom that comes from not having to live down to the fears of your friends.
Its one way or the other… there is no middle ground if you seek your potential.