Maximising Your Potential Through Coaching
There is a great formula that Tim Gallwey wrote about in “The Inner Game of Tennis”. In it he talked about performance being equal to potential minus interference. What a wonderful formula. So simple, so wise, one of those things that the more you think about it the deeper and more meaningful it becomes. The old sages will say that life is simple, you come into world with nothing, you leave with nothing. And in between we live a life that allows us to perform to our best potential but requires us to manage our interference.
We have fundamentally important relationships with our family and our close friends throughout our life. These people are hugely important to us and of course can be the source of interference at different times. Quite often those who are closest to us have a very fixed view of what it is that we might be able to do, what it is that we might be able to perform. For example, their fixed view of what we can and can’t do is a good example of interference in action and yet the ethics of coaching are that all of us are responsible and creative. In other words we have the capacity and the capability to be pure potential.
Every day we’re judged. Our performance is judged in the workplace, in the classroom, in our role as friend, as parent, as colleague. As we grow older we understand that we are only ever as good as the last thing that we did in the eyes and understanding of those that we did it with. Our capacity to get it right, to get it nearly right but not right and to get it wrong is open to us every day in some form. Our natural human instinct is to be better every day and yet if we examine our motives and our growth we may find ourselves wanting in that regard, so our desire is not necessarily matched by our discipline.
One of the reasons why coaching is so powerful for individuals who undertake it is that it gives them a safe space to ponder and to think more deeply about the actions that they will take into the future. We can consciously drive our performance up by reducing the interference in our life and that interference is everything from school menus to huge things. What is personally getting in our way of sorting out our interference is us. No one else is to blame except us and our actions.
By Simon North, Founder of Position Ignition (www.positionignition.com) and the Career Ignition Club (www.careerignitionclub.com), the UK’s leading career change and career development company and platform. He is also the author of 125 LinkedIn Job Search Tips (http://www.positionignition.com/100-linkedin-job-search-tips). Follow him @PosIgnition for more help with your career challenges.