7 Lessons From An Executive Coach To Transform Your Life & Business
What makes an idea truly powerful?
As a trader of ideas (and Executive Coach) I ask myself this all the time.
What I have come to realise is that it’s not the idea itself.
But rather our interaction with and integration of the idea.
Take for example the famous 80/20 Principle by Pareto. It can have a life-altering impact for one business owner that learns how to focus their efforts and yield absolutely no result for another who was looking for a quick fix.
The idea is the same but the execution and understanding of the idea differ.
I’d like you to keep the above example in mind as you work your way through the lessons below. These lessons have all had a significant impact for different clients that I have worked with. May they do the same for you.
1: The Fuel for High-Performance
In my practice, I have found that clarity is the fuel for high-performance. Meaning the extent to which you are clear on how what your actions should look like and how they will affect an outcome.
How often do you delay in taking action because you just want to read one more book or feel like you don’t really know what to do next?
This type of behaviour is quite typical and nothing more than a stalling tactic in the hope that you might get more clarity before having to do something.
However, there is something you should know. The clarity that you can generate from learning and reflection is very limited. To get more clarity, you need to do more things.
The unknown is always scary.
Don’t let that stop you from creating momentum.
2: The Identity of High-Performance
Do you identify as a high-performer?
High-Performance speaks to process but it also speaks to identity.
This is because high-performance is an extension of who you are and how you move in the world.
I have never seen someone deliver exceptional performance without first being the kind of person who delivers exceptional performance.
So, perhaps the first shift before performance is to shift who you are!
3: Shifting Identity
At a (very) foundational level your identity is made up of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. (This is a very simplistic way of looking at identity. I know.)
Therefore if you want to shift your identity you need to become aware of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Let’s call it the Power 3.
This requires real dedication and commitment.
You need to become aware of the positive and negative patterns that are present in your life. Only once you are aware of them can you start substituting them with a thought, belief, or behaviour that better aligns with who you want to become.
4: Perpetual Awareness
Strangely enough, once you start paying attention to your ways (of thinking and doing). You cannot help but become more intentional in your interactions with the world.
For so many of my clients, simply the act of noticing has been enough to help them make fundamental shifts in their identity.
Wondering where to start with self-awareness?
Well, in this case, your excuses actually do matter.
Not because they are valid. Obviously 🙂
But because they show you where you need to do the work.
Pay attention to the excuses you make.
Start your journey of self-development and evolution there.
5: Speak Assertively
“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” Benjamin Franklin
A major component of assertive communication is ownership.
This means owning your feelings, actions, and their consequences.
Soft, evasive, victim-speak serves no-one.
6: Marginal Gains vs Vision Of The Future
How you approach the actions of today will determine how far you go, what you build, and the success you attain.
Many people are of the belief that if they are simply 1% better today than they were yesterday, and then 1% better again tomorrow than today, that they are winning.
But my concern is that without a properly calibrated baseline you might be applying marginal gains to actions that won’t get you where you want to go.
An alternative approach is to look to the future and ask yourself where you want to be in a year, three years, or five years from now. Having done that you are now in a position to determine what your actions should look like to get you there.
This calibrates your baseline activity.
From this baseline, you can apply marginal gains knowing that you are not only on track to achieve your desired growth but that you might even exceed it.
7: The Best Of The Best
Something I have been pondering lately is this:
Sure, I might be showing up as the current best version of me. But am I showing up as the best version of who I want to be?
So, am I being the best version of current me or the best version of future me?
Of course, there is a gap between where we are and where we need to be for a reason. Sometimes we still need to learn new skills, or gain experience, or allow the Accretion process to do its job.
But how we approach things counts for a lot.
How would the future best version of you do the tasks that need to get done today?
What Will You Do?
I hope that this has been helpful to you. But, please, do not simply read this and then carry on with your life.
You get what you work for.
Acta Non Verba,