My favorite performance coaching definition, which It goes like this: “Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It’s helping them to learn rather than teaching them”.
Performance coaching in challenging times is essential
After I graduated from ICA International Coach Academy, I practiced for 4-5 years in life coaching. It was an amazing experience supporting people to take decisions and transform their lives. Without noticing it, I usually had to deal with career transitioning and that period was very hot because of the global financial crisis.
A few years later, I moved to Bermuda, a great country with very lovely friendly people. I was coaching there more in Wealth Planning and Finance – how to save money and live a well-balanced life. I made some great friends in Bermuda and still keep in contact with them. Then in New York, I really found my passion.
There are many areas of coaching, including Health, Fitness, Spiritual, etc. Working in New York is hard, even ruthless, I would say. I adapted a new routine every day so I could cope. The competition was intense and relentless, taking no prisoners. My daily routine was to wake up early, go running, eat a vegan breakfast, get dressed and go! Although I was healthy then – (I shall return to my personal health story in a future article) – I was feeling constantly drained. Seeing all those competitors just waiting for me to get sick so they could seize the opportunity to get at my clients, I needed to keep my performance level HIGH. It is not enough eating kale and broccoli, what is necessary is to keep our mental health on an iron fist status. Then, I found my passion. I know by heart what it means to be successful and – still feeling unsuccessful – trying your best, but still not reaching your desired goal.
It is a combination of things. Like a nice pasta, it is not just the pasta, but the sauce, the olive oil, onions, etc. Even if you are intelligent, knowledgeable and determined, I am sure there are times when you doubt yourself, when you are looking for the next step up. If there is one negative the HIGH performers have, it is their inability to acknowledge their success – I know because I used to be one of them. I reached my goals and, before even finishing my campaign, I was already thinking about what would be my next goal. Anyone relate to that?
Now, with COVID-19, things are crazy. Imagine how many HIGH performers, from CEOs and directors to small business owners and ambitious sales people, must be feeling now – shut in their houses, when they are used to being in the “fast lane” and suddenly stuck in the “slow lane” without a warning; believe me, this is not funny. Now, it is essential for companies to support and empower their people.
It is like being in training running for the whole year and you have managed to reach your goal of 40 km. Suddenly you have to stop for 3-4 months, after when you are called upon to run a marathon of 42 km the next day. What do you think would happen? Would you be able to run? We therefore need to stay in shape – not just our body but especially our mental state. N TAP is here to support and empower you to maintain your high performance and to go to the next level, because there is always room for improvement. Everyone needs their coach, their mentor.
Mental Performance Coaching.
Student-athletes are constantly striving for balance in their lives between rigorous athletic programs and classwork. Much like a sports coach, a mental performance coach helps students improve their abilities to increase their performance.
In more technical terms, the benefits of Coaching in organizations are that it:
- Increases employee and staff engagement
- Improves individual performance
- Helps identify and develop high potential employees
- Helps identify both organisational and individual strengths and development opportunities.
I am a sports fan and among the things I like to read or watch are biographies. Recently we had the untimely sad death of Kobe Bryant. I will quote a piece published on sportingnews.com that was written for him talking about his mentor, who was Michael Jordan:
“Kobe Bryant modeled much of his game after Michael Jordan. The fadeaway jumper, the vicious will to win at all costs, even the little idiosyncrasies and speech patterns during interviews. Bryant formed a unique bond with Jordan early in his career, and Jordan’s lessons helped guide the man known as “Mamba” to one of the greatest careers in NBA history.
Prior to Bryant’s final game in Chicago on Sunday night, the Lakers legend explained how Jordan made him a better player and leader. Bryant also reminisced about a favorite moment in his first game against Jordan, a six-point loss to the Bulls on Dec. 17, 1996.
“Getting schooled for a baseline dunk the first time I matched up with him,” Bryant said, “that was like the coolest thing. It was. Because I had seen that spin move so many times, and I knew he was gonna do it. But the timing on TV and in person are two completely different things.”
NBA fans witnessed Bryant using those signature MJ moves for the next two decades as he captured five titles and scored thousands of points along the way. Despite his struggles this season, Kobe still gives us the occasional flash of brilliance. It only made sense to see him do it again before he walked off the United Center floor for the last time.”
Kobe was a star but still he needed his mentor, who had knowledge, passion for the game and he was hungry for the feeling of achievement.
Nadia Themis knows how to perform and to be like water. Great performers must be able to adapt and perform in any situation. No-one owes you anything and you don’t owe anything to anyone but YOURSELF.
You owe it to YOURSELF to be empowered and get you to your maximum.
N TUTM (The Ultimate Thriving Machine) it and come along – let’s get together and SHAPE YOUR FUTURE.