A college professor journeyed to a wise Zen master’s home to learn about the art of Zen.
The master served tea while the professor shared his ideas.
As the professor talked, the master remained completely silent but continued to pour the tea.
He didn’t stop even when the tea reached the brim of the cup and began to overflow all over the table and then onto the floor.
The professor tried to ignore this but after a few minutes he could stand it no longer.
He yelled out to the master “Stop! Can’t you see the cup is full?”
Pointing to the cup, the wise Zen master calmly replied, “This is you. How can I show you Zen, until you first empty your cup?”
There are lots of rules, ideas, strategies, and definitions about high-performance coaching, but before you dive further into this guide, I want you to empty your cup.
Having preconceptions and expectations of yourself and your abilities at this stage will only hold you back from taking action to achieve your goal…
And that’s not what we want.
So, take a deep breath, clear your mind and let’s start with this simple question:
It’s a category of coaching that’s focused on guiding, supporting, influencing, and inspiring high-achieving, high impact individuals who want the best from their life and work.
High-performance coaching isn’t just about helping clients achieve their goals, it’s about pushing past what’s possible and living the “impossible.”
A regular coach helps clients identify what they want in their life or business. They help clients get clear on their vision and then support them on their journey.
A high-performance coach sees a bigger vision for their client. They guide their clients to hit their potential and then motivates and challenges them to go even further.
The keyword here is challenge.
It’s one of the biggest differences between high-performance coaching and all other kinds of coaching.
High performers love a challenge they’re not afraid to do what it takes live a big life.
A great high-performance coach understands this inner need - this drive - in their clients.
And so, they do more than support and guide…
They challenge clients to rise up to bigger, better goals again and again and this creates an awesome upward cycle of consistent positive, powerful results.
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