Coaching for Extraordinary Achievement

7 Oct 2010

Coaching for Extraordinary Achievement

This article struck me as being wonderfully complimentary to the work we do with individuals and teams who want to manage and improve their own performance. We use integrated course design to provide a  structure and framework for performance.  However, I think the ideas of partnerships, discovery and accountability effect provide another level of explanation for our work and our methods.

The Difference Between “Good Enough” and Extraordinary Achievement, and What It Takes to Excel (How Runners Succeed)

I know quite a few runners.  For a few years, I was even a coordinator and back-up announcer at the finish line for the Austin Marathon.  Perhaps you know the typical runner’s behaviors:  “Nope, I can’t stay out tonight.  I have to wake up early tomorrow to get in my five miles before the sun comes up,” and, “I’ll just have tea with lemon, no beer tonight.”  Yet, that’s not even the half of it.  Many of the runners that I have gotten to know well are always conditioning themselves for the next race and marathon.  That’s where the intensity of intention and commitment really seems to be evident. 

I think we’ve all heard how professional athletes need to condition themselves, train and practice with fortitude to succeed—and how athletes understand that they achieve more efficiently and perform better with the accountability to and leadership of a coach.  Well, I’ve heard that anecdote so many times that the novelty has worn-off and, I’m like, “So what?”  Yet something about what is going on with the non-professional, amateur, neighbor-next-door runner piqued my interest…  I wanted the answer to a couple of questions about the runners’ lifestyle:  Why do you run?  Moreover, why do you run races and marathons?  The answer to the first question is what you expect:  Runners run to be fit, feel good, look good, relieve stress and be healthy.As a professional dedicated to the development of personal empowerment and human performance and productivity, the answer to the second the question is particularly intriguing to me:  Why do you run races and marathons?

It seems that running simply to maintain wellness and achieve the basic goals of improved self-image and various levels of fitness is not enough to keep many runners inspired and motivated to continue running.  They want, perhaps even need, more significant milestones to achieve:  Completing a marathon.  Improving upon past performance by running faster with less fatigue and better efficiency than previous performances.  What’s more, there typically seems to be a reward of improved self-confidence and pride in accomplishing these more significantly burdensome milestones.Therefore simply put:  It’s not enough to run for feeling and looking better.  To stay in the game of running for maintaining the essential benefits, the quintessential runner also needs to race and compete if even to only compete against his/her own past performance.Of course, being an Achievement Coach, I have extrapolated the extraordinary intentions and commitments of runners to application in most, if not all, human pursuits for achievement and success. The lesson to share here:Enough!  Enough with “fine” and “good enough!”

Greater inspiration and, consequently, greater self-motivation is derived from stepping-up your game.  So reach higher, define grander goals, and step-up your game!  I’ve thrown down the gauntlet.Now, very often, due to human nature being what it is, the novelty of solo/self-driven motivation lessens over time and leaves us again feeling uninspired, unaccountable, and disempowered.

Ready to step-up your game?  Engage a coach.  Why does coaching work?  The obvious benefit is:  A professional coach is a “performance and achievement specialist” specifically dedicated to helping you identify the ideal strategies and solutions to be personally empowered and achieve objectives.  In addition to the obvious benefit, I have also identified at least three fundamental principles that explain why coaching works.

The power of the Coach-and-Client relationship originates from three effects that are grounded in the competency of the Coach…Firstly, the “Partnership Effect” of Competently-coached Collaboration is an association made by a Client of Coaching.  The association made by the Client is immediate and yields a state of awareness, clarity, and reflection.  In effect, a greater capacity for acknowledgement and discovery results for the Client from knowing that the Client’s ideas and observations will be considered, evaluated, and reflected back to the Client.

Secondly, the “Discovery Effect” of Competently-coached Collaboration allows for the discovery of answers and questions that cannot otherwise be ascertained when someone endeavors to arrive at solutions alone.  An especially dramatic byproduct of the Discovery Effect is the transcendence of the Client from not merely seeking knowledge which the Client already knew that he did not know, but to exploring knowledge that the Client did not know that he did not yet know.

Lastly, yet as significantly, the “Momentum of Accountability Effect” of Competently-coached Collaboration creates a state of responsibility and action—where the Client does not settle for that which does not work—yielding faster turnover of methods and action-plans and resulting in the earliest possible discovery of the best methods, processes, and action-plans to achieve the most desirable results.  Ultimately, results that may have or may not have been arrived at by a Client alone are achieved with greater momentum in partnership with a competent Coach.Pick up the gauntlet.  Step-up your game.  Contact me, and let’s create the extraordinary together.~   ~   ~
Achievement Coach Greg Kilgore
360° Achievement Coaching
Providing a 360° Perspective, Strategies, and Coaching for
Personal Empowerment, Professional Productivity,
Business Growth, and Extraordinary Achievement

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