I have been a business coaching, consulting, training and mentoring for 25 years now. For 24 of those years I would never have believed that I would be conducting mind calming and centering exercises with clients in the local Botanical Gardens.
One of the greatest gifts I have ever received is the gift of Aikido. Yes it’s a Japanese martial art and its great self defence but that’s not important. The important part is the accompanying mind development.
I have practiced Aikido for quite a few years now and the penny has finally dropped. My mind switch from ‘fearful, over-competitive and stressed’ to ‘non-fearful, calm and non-aggressive’ has been an amazing transformation for me.
Losing my fear has been nothing short of a revelation. I don’t mean that now I have a brash disrespect for obvious danger. What I mean is that it is great to lose that brain-chatter level of worry and self doubt. Those two critters and the raft of negative thoughts they create really do sink a lot of otherwise successful ventures.
What makes an entrepreneur successful is his or her mindset – nothing else. The opportunism, motivation, persistence, optimism, creativity, leadership, hard work and the other defining attributes all come from the mind.
The reason people fail in business is because they don’t have the right mindset. It is as simple as that.
Now I’m not a psychologist but I have come to realise that it is mindset first, business second. The symptoms I commonly see are fear and self doubt which can manifest them selves as lack of focus, procrastination and inertia.
In many cases, it results in over-compensation with aggressive and over-competitive behaviour. Most of those rude, blustering, aggressive, always-right business types are train wrecks on the inside.
So anyway, back to the Botanical Gardens story. One day I decided to conduct an experiment on a client. I arranged to meet her at the gates of the local botanical gardens and I was prepared with a set of exercises based on the relaxation exercises and centering techniques used in Aikido.
My goal was to calm her mind and guide her to a state of feeling grounded and centered. The Botanical Gardens was the only place of peace and beauty I could think of.
It worked and I wrote down the exercises for her so that she could do them at home. I have never heard of a business coach doing such a thing. I reckon I might be the only one but if it helps people to break the mind-shackles and achieve their dreams then I am happy to share.
Until next time!
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