HOW well do you learn from your own experience? How coachable do you think you are? Do you actively use one of the most powerful tools in the peak performers' armory - self-coaching?
Peak performers seek assistance from coaches, teachers, confidants, gurus, mentors, peers, books and all other types of information and feedback. But all the information in the universe won't help if it is not translated into useable form.
This is where self-coaching takes centrestage. Self-coaching is the ability to learn about yourself and to take that information and make meaningful, positive changes. Ultimately, only you can take information from the teacher or coach and transform it for your personal use.
Here are 10 mental game success strategies that peak performers use in self-coaching.
1. Be willing to grow
If you are reading this article about self-coaching, it means you want to mature and grow as a human being.
This desire is manifested by seeking experiences that help you improve personally, as well as professionally. The self-learner realises that to grow professionally, personal growth is a must.
2. Have a beginner's mind
The Zen tradition says that to learn, you must be an empty vessel. If you know it all, you can't be very open to new knowledge and experiences.
The self-learner realises that an open, seeking attitude of experimentation and suspension of judgment allows him to form new perceptions.
3. Be unafraid to lose face
Fear locks many people up and stops them from changing. Taking ourselves too seriously, having to maintain a certain facade, and playing rigid roles, all stop us from being able to loosen up and go with the ups and downs of change. The self-learner is secure about the process of learning and change.
4. Have fun with mistakes
The best learners have fun as they make mistakes. When you view any mistake as a failure, your negative emotions mask the valuable feedback available from every mistake. The self-learner welcomes all feedback and uses them to advantage.
5. Use creative exploration
Peak performers are creative and playful in extracting learning from every experience. They take a fun approach to the change process and realise that creativity increases options for them. The self-learner knows that creativity is a major portal to testing new personal realities.
6. Develop self-awareness
Self-awareness is not about what should be, but what is. Self-coaching is about noticing and observing yourself and using feedback from varioussources to heighten that sense of self.
The self-learner places a high priority on becoming self-aware and realises that self-knowledge can be about the past or the present.
7. Analyse yourself
Peak performers use self-reflection to analyse their experience. They know that unexamined experiences are lost opportunities. Only by reviewing personal experience do we gain some degree of awareness over what we have done and who we are.
The self-learner embraces the process of deconstructing what has gone before, so new realities and realisations can be consciously created out of that.
8. Value self-reflection
The self-learner values alone time to reflect. This downtime might be a meditation session, a walk, daydreaming or writing in a journal.
The self-learner places a high value on this private time as a means to recharge batteries, to take stock and to gain personal awareness.
9. Use a journal
You often learn best when you have a mirror to view yourself. Writing makes your thought processes clearer, and enhances your self-awareness by looking back on your actions.
The self-learner gains confidence from seeing improvements over time.
10. Take action
If knowledge is power, then taking that powerful knowledge and putting it into action is the ultimate power. Knowledge without action does not change the world.
Peak performers develop strategies for taking personal knowledge and putting it into action in ways that are personally meaningful for them.