Buried in the noise of our lives is a signal - a message trying to get through. Most of us miss it because we believe the noise is who we are. The signal gets lost.
When we lose that inner sense of direction, the values that make up our core - spontaneity, freedom, creativity and compassion - get truncated. The most essential parts of who we are hide in who we think we should be. The irony is that the more your real self is cut out, the harder it is for you to achieve the life you want.
We can fake it for a while but eventually a symptom knocks on your front door. A negative voice, a mental block, choking, an injury shows up – often at those very precise moments when you are pushing to be more or achieve at a higher level. Blind spots develop when we lose ourselves to the noise. Our vision is blocked. Balancing our well-being and the full expression of our talents can be like walking a tightrope.
As a performance coach for leaders, athletes, performers and organizations, I help individuals identify when noise is interfering with their performance, balance, and fulfillment.
My model of formulating change and constructing interventions parallels a Bach-like fugue. In music, counterpoint is the relationship between two or more voices that are independent in contour and rhythm and are harmonically interdependent. I remember trying to master a fugue on the piano as a child and being introduced to the concept that a piece of music can have voices moving in the same and opposing directions yet built on a theme, and still be harmonically interesting, complex, and intact.
I am excited when I help my clients shape their integration of voices and restore rhythm and harmony to their lives and performance domain. A large part of my role is to bring a third ear to the process, helping you hear what is just beyond your awareness.
When I work with an Olympic level athlete facing a season of underperformance or a CEO feeling stale trying to break through the corporate zombie culture, I identify what is blocking achievement and blunting creativity. Through individualized coaching sessions, we develop a strategy to amplify awareness (hearing the signal and identifying blind spots). Through this process a greater repertoire of behaviors becomes available to choose from. This offers them an opportunity to improve performance, achieve life balance, and amplify personal fulfillment. My toolbox for personal change weaves threads of a psychodynamic model, a motivational change model, and a relationship-oriented change process.
Research indicates that the most important variable in the process of change is the relationship between the coach and the client. It is in this tapestry of threads, woven by the solid foundation of expert experience, that I ground my clients in a compelling opportunity for growth and change.
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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.