I want the people I work with to perform to the best of their ability on any given day.
It’s important that this isn’t centred on just one aspect of life- when they’re working they need to be completely focused, but when they’re relaxing or with loved ones they need to be fully present.
There’s a Japanese term, ‘Kaizen’ which means ‘change for the better’ or ‘continuous improvement’. Our health and performance isn’t something we complete. It’s an ongoing, ever-evolving process.
The following key principles shape my approach:
- I believe that our health and performance can be both a springboard from which we can be at our best, and a safety-net that provides support when we need it most.
- I believe in the power of small actions. That small changes can create significant outcomes when done consistently and consciously.
- I believe in getting clear on your ‘why’ and understanding what you are truly capable of.
- I believe in establishing a roadmap that will lead you step by step towards being successful in all aspects of your life.
- I believe in trusting the process, and letting the outcomes take care of themselves.
- And, of course, I believe in celebrating those wins! When you see the process working, don’t be afraid to be proud of your accomplishments!
A few years ago, I was working with a coach who took me through a visualisation exercise (I firmly believe even coaches need coaches). In this visualisation, a person who I very much looked up to as a child appeared holding a shepherd’s crook.
There was no obvious reason for him to be holding a shepherd’s crook- he wasn’t a farmer and I’d never seen him with a walking stick! It still felt significant, so I began to explore the idea of a shepherd and came across this definition:
“Someone who watches over, looks after, or guides somebody.”
I loved how this correlated with my work and philosophy as a coach, and when I researched further into the word ‘guide’, the first image I saw was a lighthouse.
Lighthouses have been used to symbolise strength and safety for generations. Their purpose is to let ships know they are near land, and help guide them safely towards their destination, which parallels beautifully with the work I do.
So that’s how I settled on the lighthouse. It symbolises how I see my role as a coach. I’m there to guide and support the people I work with safely towards their goals.