18 Feb Blindspots
Coaches, quite literally, bring a different perspective to your life because their eyes and head are in a different position to yours.
A coach can see a version of you that you can’t yet see. Come and join us, and we’ll help you spot them and address them.
People often ask me why they should sign up for the coaching program.
“Why do you still need a coach if you’re a high performer?”
“Isn’t it just an expensive way of doing the same thing?”
It’s a fair question. After all, getting coached costs money and takes time. But there must be something in it if all those sportspeople and business people have coaches, right? They must be getting something out of it. So, what is it?
And here’s my most straightforward answer:
A coach can see a version of you that you can’t yet see.
We’ve all heard about athletes using visualizing techniques to picture themselves having a medal hung around their neck or crossing the line ahead of everyone else. That visualization will drive you when training isn’t going so well, or you need a mnemonic to help you refocus.
Salespeople visualize this way too. They often create something out of magazine clippings – a montage of a holiday destination, a new car, or something else that they can do or own. This composite picture is what motivates them towards a different future. An aide-memoire that does more than speak to them, it compels them to act. They make the extra sales calls simply because if they don’t then they won’t own/do that thing that they want to do.
Well, coaches see that in you and a whole heap more besides.
What are blind spots?
Coaches can also see the things about you that are in your blind spot(s). Coaches, quite literally, bring a different perspective to your life because their eyes and head are in a different position to yours. They physically and metaphorically look at things differently to you.
Now, your coach may choose to tackle those blind spots of yours (consider for a moment that they are weaknesses) and either tackle them head-on or deal with them obliquely. Head-on is self-explanatory: “I will train you how to deal with this,” says your coach after you’ve agreed that it needs addressing.
For the oblique approach, I often think of the “wax on, wax off” scene in Karate Kid when I imagine this – you’re doing X, but the coach is really training you for Y. Up, down, left, right, look, you’ve learned to defend yourself, but you thought you were painting a fence.
Do I have a blind spot?
If you don’t think that you have any blind spots, then it’s safe to say that knowing/admitting that you have a blind spot is your blind spot! You may wish to look at my ‘are you coachable’ blog.
It’s hard to spot your own blind spots, that’s why they’re called blind spots. But with coaching, you can become aware of them, tackle them, and enlarge your field of vision/knowledge of self. It can produce extraordinary results and help end years or decades of self-sabotaging bad habits.
You may ask what my blind spots are?
That’s between my coaches and me.
What can I do about my blind spots?
Come and join us, and we’ll help you spot them and address them.