Yogi Berra, former catcher for the New York Yankees, was once quoted as saying, "Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical."
Okay, I think we could all agree he wasn't exactly the world's greatest mathematician, and probably would have made a very poor accountant. Yet Yogi Berra couldn't have said it better.
If your heads not in the game, you're not in the game, period!
Unfortunately the perils of, "stinking thinking," aren't exclusive to just professional athletes. That internal negative chatter, we sometimes suffer from, is an equal opportunist and loves to get into that 6 inches between our ears too!
I'm sure we could all remember a time when mental blocks permeated our minds, leaving us with "internal dialogue-itis," where we talked ourselves out of something before we even got started.
Sound like anyone you know?
So how do we train ourselves to get our "head in the game," remove the internal negative chatter and begin to formulate the belief that we can have what we want?
Great question! I'm glad you asked.
What is coaching? It is a practice of using "Solution Focused Strategies" to discover what is really important to you. Success and happiness are really an inside job and you're in charge. A client may come to coaching with a mindset that creates blocks towards achievement. They may have mental hurdles, characterized as those thoughts and beliefs that have held them back from truly achieving their goals and desired outcomes in the past. But that was in the past, and "no matter how hard we try we cannot make a better yesterday."
So in coaching we focus our attention on affecting the present and the future. When you remove the barriers and allow the mind to experience success, your frame of reference now becomes one that believes anything is possible and the body is free to build what the mind now sees as Important and Worthy.
By asking the right questions, one can elicit a deeper understanding of what might be holding you back and even more importantly how to help you move forward, freeing you to excel toward your life's goals. How great is that?
By learning to speak your language and to work from your model of the world, the coach works with you to match your goals with your value system, taking you from "stinking thinking" and "poverty of choice" to "empowerment," "internal motivation," and "self-directed achievement."
It's the ultimate customized program with you being the architect who designs and builds it, with the coach as facilitator.
When you are allowed to put your Attention fully on your Intention you begin to track toward Mastery. Failure is replaced with Achievement, and Fear with Courage as alignment begins to emerge in spirit, mind and body.
This frees you from mental barriers and the world begins to look a whole lot different. Imagine the magnitude and the scope of the role you play in creating a world where "I can't" is a word associated with drive-in movie theatres and vinyl records, and is replaced with "I Can" and "I Believe!"
Yogi's math may have been suspect, but his message was clear:
- address the mind
- clear the mind
- focus the mind
And you are free to achieve Mastery.
Whose future do you wish to unlock today with the power of a question? It might even be your own. If you're finding yourself curious contact Dynamite Coaching now to find out how easy it is for you to get started.
Get your head in the game and unlock your greatness today!
(Yogi Berra's "Mathematics My Way" course sold separately.)