Neither a guest on Oprah, nor Wendy Rhoades?

You know when you explain what you do to someone and they give you a funny look?

I get this a lot. Probably the best reaction I got was years ago, from my good friend Barry, as I was qualifying to become a coach – “Jaysis Hobbit” he groans, “Are you gonna be sittin’ on Oprah’s couch fixing people’s lives or somethin’?”

Not quite…..

I’m not a big one for elevator pitches. But I have been known to wheel this one out.

“You know the way the likes of Iga Swiatek, Rory McIlroy and Caelen Doris have all been public about working with sports psychologists around the mental approach to their game? Well, I help business leaders and their teams in a similar way.”

It’s a bit self-aggrandising, isn’t it? But people get it. And then they ask more, which I suppose is the point.

A few years ago, a whole host of people asked me if I had seen the TV show Billions? At the time, I had not.

“You’re like that shrink in the show. She helps people focus on what brings them success”. They refer to the character Wendy Rhoades, who is a psychologist. I’m not.

I’d reply, “Well yes, I hope so. But again, I haven’t seen the show”.

I’d been really curious for a long time. Eventually, I watched the first series with Ciara.

So much has changed in the past 3-4 years since I watched those first episodes. But oddly, the learnings I took from Wendy Rhodes then remain relevant today.

  1. Commit to actions and habits that you know that serve you well – that’s obvious but often neglected.
  2. I think we can all relate to the idea of having two voices? That inner critic and the inner champion. How do these voices contribute to your success?  

Recently, I’ve noticed how my Inner Critic is sometimes part of my success. This wasn’t an angle that I was always open to before.

Furthermore, some of the lines spun by my Inner Champion in the past can limit me today.

We’re in a constant state of flux. So is the world around us. If we’re not changing and adapting, we’ll struggle to survive, nevermind thrive.

Take a moment to consider… what brought you the success you have enjoyed in your career so far?

I often say “what got you here won’t get you there.” So what else can you do now? How can you build on your past successes to continue moving you forward?

Worth spending a few minutes thinking about that. Worth doing it regularly in fact!