What's Missing?

May 22, 2024

In any peak performance sport, I know players analyze their games, look at the footage, have a coach who looks from the outside and their insight, measure progress, and create a practice to win at the game and lose. Often.

For any peak performance, we see thousands of hours of practice behind that and many games lost. I remember well when a group of colleagues and I got into a dancing competition during my time as a professional dancer.

We created a performance, practiced that performance, filmed the performance, and then looked at what was missing.

Maybe one of us was a bit slower on the choreography, or someone was lagging behind; we could stand a bit further apart or closer together to create the image we wanted.

And then there were times when Instead of looking at what was missing, I would be busy with doing it right, being better, getting better, needing to do more, failing, and looking good.

We tend to get performance in a way that doesn't give us real access to see what was or is missing to create peak performance; rather, we are busy with making things personal or blaming circumstances, people, or ourselves for when we dont reach our set goals or expectations. The League of Sports recognizes the phenomena of looking from a non-personal space at performance and looking at what is missing within a team, a performer, the gear, or the game.

When I coach people today on the games they play in life (business, money, relationships, health, purpose), we get to look at the question of what's missing rather than what's wrong. When you and I look at what's wrong, our mind comes up with endless examples, explanations, and reasons for things being wrong; what's missing invites a different form of looking.

If you speak to your employees, and they present you with something that didnt work, look at what's missing.

If you are reaching out to people to sell your services, and you don't get the responses you expect, look at what's missing.

If you are running into a challenge in your relationship and you keep bumping into the same walls, look at what's missing.

Then you have a choice. You can ignore what's missing or you can bring the commitment to provide what's missing.

There and then, you start creating what works.

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