The Olympics and Paralympics are great examples of what we, as human beings, can achieve with determination and support. I think it is by no accident that we are achieving so much with more GB paralypians entering this year and such great results in the Olympics.
But I am really interested in the benefit of support and the kind of support that motivates and inspires these amazing athletes and quite frankly amazing human beings.
We see them with a team of coaches and physios, we are told that the crowd are lifting them and encouraging them. The commentators were talking about how the crowds can give immense encouragement but also if they ‘fail’ to gain a medal that the athlete can be left with a sense that they have let people down.
True support I believe is given unconditionally, with the understanding that ‘the supporting’ is the reward in itself. Sharing a journey with one of these athletes over 4 years is I am sure one of the greatest privileges. I know for me as a coach I have now supported many business owners and as a mum I have supported my children. It is an amazing privilege to share this journey with them.
Winning and the taking part is what it is about. Although winning can come in many guises. Winning can be the best, or it can be the best YOU can be for now.
The goal or your perception of you at your best is developed by you and often influenced or inspired by others. The goal is yours and you have ownership for it.
What would you like to have happen between now and the next Olympics?
In your life?
In your work?
In your learning?
As a result of the Olympics and Paralympics what do you know now?
What difference does know that make?
What is the first thing you could do?
The hardest part and the best part about asking and being provided with support, is you have someone else’s energy, enthusiasm and spark to keep you going but at the end if you don’t achieve you have a sense that you have let them down as well as yourself.
For some people this is what holds them back from seeking the support in the first place. I know many people who would benefit from business coaching and yet they don’t do it because they might not have what it takes to be ‘as good as others’. It is all too easy to think that you are the only one who doesn’t get it, or the only one that needs support or that others must of cracked it because you have not heard anyone else complaining.
The problem is that many of us are great at somethings and useless at others so it stands to be logical that you are not alone. Being part of a group or even being responsible for a group that creates that genuine, non-judgemental environment for people to learn and be the best they can be for now is, I believe vital to your success.
One of the fundamental principles of Power Groups is to spend an equal amount of time talking about what works as we do talking about what does not work.
It certainly shows with the Paralymics if you establish what works and make it work better. Then explore what is not working and make that work better. Look what happens.
Can I invite you over the next few days to notice your self talk and what you say about or to other people.
Where is your attention?
What is working? How do you know what do you hear, see or feel that tells you it is working?
Recognise your learning
What do you know NOW as a result of reading this, that perhaps you did not know before? if anything?
What difference does knowing that make, if any?
Plan your next best step
What would you like to have happen next?
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Thanks for listening,
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