I have just spent the last 4 days on a course with Robert Dilts about Transforming Beliefs with NLP. One of the many interesting things that came up during the course, was the idea of getting yourself in the zone or in the best possible state you could be at the moment for coaching. Athletes are used to the concept of being at their best level to give peak performances.
I had noticed that when I work with clients I feel calm and collected, connected and far more open and non-judgement about my clients that I would do say with my family or friends, I have been going into the zone without realising it. We spent alot of time working on getting ourselves and our coachee into what Robert Dilts calls the “Coach State” (Centred, Open, Aware, Connected and able to Hold the coaching state). It’s funny how adding a few extra tweeks to what you are naturally doing, pushes things to a whole new level. My challenge will be what language to use with my clients to get them in their best possible state too, without getting too New Agey.
Now anyone who knows me will know that I am not continuously in a zen like state. I am not a guru sitting on top of a mountainside. I am a human being and a mother of 3 and I am not perfect. But wouldn’t it be nice to be in the zone, more of the time?