In 2009, I asked my clients to fill out a survey questionnaire.
43 of them obliged me and when their results came in I was flabbergasted.
All of them answered one of the questions with the same answer.
The question was a simple: “What were you doing before you decided to take us on as your coach?”
Their answer for all of them started with: “I was standing on the edge of the cliff…” and three of them said: “I was getting ready to jump.”
At that point, I had to admit that most of my clients were in a pretty stressed out and overwhelmed place when they first started working with me.
I’d always forget that, because their progress, moving forward, was so rapid.
You see, my clients improved their business thinking for the simple reason that they were able to concentrate on what was at hand, without their attention being swept away by pressing business problems, conflicts and anxieties.
By us helping them to change their environment and their planning habits in their business made it easier for them to focus and deal with what’s important.
You just can’t function intellectually when you are caught up in stress and overwhelm. Your decisions become knee-jerk emotional responses instead of coming out of focused aligned and intentional thinking.