Interview – In Search Of The Perfect 10: Expression over enjoyment

Written by Stuart Haden on June 9, 2021

Tune into this interview (In Search Of The Perfect 10), where Kyleigh Manners (from 42 Degrees Coaching) and myself talk about all things performance related. As the title of the interview suggests we dig into the differences between expression and enjoyment.

We also talk about all things performance; authenticity, flow states, coaching, accountability and language. Kyleigh works predominantly in sports (cycling) coaching so we bring (I think) a nice fusion of ideas with my more corporate background.

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It’s Not About The Coach – systems

Written by Stuart Haden on April 29, 2021

Sometimes as coachee we have all the resources that we need, very often they are close to us -all within easy reach.

Developing coachability has to have an impact on your immediate system, your network and the people around you.

This reading illustrates the return on investment that can be achieved when we engage in coaching. Their coachee’s network will be fundamentally different towards the end of the coaching engagement, and performance will be starting to tell.

Taking your breath away

Written by Stuart Haden on April 29, 2021

We’ve probably all of heard about the benefits of mediation. Follow the breath. A free apparatus that is with us at all times. No doubt we have struggled at some point to make the most of this. Maybe adopting meditation, maybe not.

But there are other routes. Still focussed on the breath. Something or someone that takes your breath away. Not literally. But breathtaking. Settle into the breath, a rhythm, place or person.

Notice the activities that you return to, perhaps there are some

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How you respond to signals, is how you perform

Written by Stuart Haden on March 3, 2021

We sometimes skip the definition of what optimal performance is. It’s so good we know it makes sense. But looking over our backs, sense making, does also give us some ideas on how to get there and in particular what to look out for.

Seeing the wood and good for the trees. We define optimal performance as to how well you respond to the signals around you. Challenges, chops, changes. Respond rather than react. Internal and external signals, signposts. Speed up or

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Whatever path you choose you need a line of desire

Written by Stuart Haden on February 17, 2021

In town centre management there is a concept called lines of desire. Typically in urban environment it reveals a short cut. You know the one, where a patch of grass gets well trodden. Cutting off the right angle so that I can get home quicker.

But let’s take this concept in to personal development. A path, or journey. Maybe not a shortcut but a hack or line of passion. An easier starting point, freeing. You need desire and fuel on the

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Why it’s good to lose your mind

Written by Stuart Haden on February 3, 2021

We are all in this game, the game of losing our mind. Getting lost, altered, state flow state. Getting out of our heads, a legal high. Accessing soul, body, heart, and spirit. If the mind is a blackboard we need an eraser from time to time.

Trouble is when we loose our mind we don’t know where we are. We might not know how to get back. But that is the territory, lose in order to gain.

When you learn, what can you adopt and adapt?

Written by Stuart Haden on January 27, 2021

This takes the short and sharp questions of…so what? and by when? to another level. Still short and sharp it’s helpful to also consider.

What can you adopt?

What can you adapt?

A 2 pronged attack. Copy and paste, keep it easy. No need to reinvent the wheel. Thanks for that. Adopted. Parts that you like, needs an addition though. Some but not all. Adapted.

Creating the conditions and conditioning for success

Written by Stuart Haden on January 13, 2021

The environment is key – it influences our mindset, social interactions and creativity to name but a few. But if you are after a double whammy effect then conditions does just that. Effective, double the effect. What is around us, in and out of our control.

Overlaying them both, do we have the conditioning to deal with our conditions? Now it’s closer, influence and impact are easier to come by. A tighter loop. Rather than a widening gap between us and the environment.

What do you short for?

Written by Stuart Haden on December 16, 2020

Just a quick posting that challenges a traditionally held question, what do you long for? Instead flipping it to  – what do you short for? OK it’s clumsy at best, but it changes the narrative of time and presence.

We can easily wriggle out of the longer term question. Blue sky thinking, see you in 5 years time. But the short form can introduce some baby steps, milestones and today’s thinking. It checks for real resonance and it gives perspective.

Who needs flow – to travel, dampen and rebound

Written by Stuart Haden on December 2, 2020

What is the point of being at our very best? Well there’s our core – a centre point, grounded and authentic. In a flow state we go here. Or we go here in order to get into a flow state. Then we need to move, travel from point a to point b. A challenge, goal or a must do.

How can we harness this rocket fuel? Maybe you’ll need it to dampen the effects of other things. Maybe you’ll need it

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