Two of my great passions in life, Coaching & Crossfit collided nicely recently in the book “Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes” by Coach Ben Bergeron.
It’s a great read and highlights the fact that addressing mindset in this particular sport is vital. And Crossfit is no different to any other aspect of life in this regard. Your mindset, attitude, self talk and beliefs underpin everything.
Inside out coaching
My coaching starts from the inside out.Whether we’re working together to build your business or heal a relationship, the place to start is with what’s going on inside you. So when Ben quoted Chris Argyris in said book it jumped out at me big time! Here’s what he it said…
“Business theorist Chris Argyris, in his book Teaching Smart People How to Learn, outlines why constant self-evaluation is the key to personal advancement: Most people define learning too narrowly as mere “problem-solving,” so they focus on identifying and correcting errors in the external environment.
Solving problems is important. But if learning is to persist, they must also look inward. They need to reflect critically on their own behavior, identify the ways they often inadvertently contribute to the organization’s problems, and then change how they act. Argyris used these insights to come up with the idea of “double-loop learning.” Single-loop learners search for external factors to explain why they’re not succeeding; they put it down as having the wrong coach, the wrong program, the wrong equipment, the wrong people around them, or what have you. Double-loop learners iterate, and then look inward for the solutions to problems that arise.
They’re the kind of people who can take a hard look in the mirror and tell their reflection, “I’m the reason I’m not succeeding,” and then proactively change into a better version of themselves. They figure out their weaknesses, fix them, test, and then reevaluate; in the cycle, there is always a deep look inward built in.”
Time to take back control
So many people take the route of playing the blame game or the victim… it’s not my fault it’s theirs. Now’s the time to change the way you address your problems.
There is something very freeing about understanding completely that because YOU are a big part of the problem, it makes you a big part of the solution and that puts you in absolute control of your outcome.