Most individuals yearn to be fulfilled, well and happy, most teams want to be competitive and excel, and all businesses and leaders want to be successful. Why do some of us fulfil our potential and others not?
Limitations! And where do these limitations come from?
Often our greatest limitations come from within, in the form of our own conscious and unconscious beliefs, assumptions, attitudes, and knowledge learned and developed from exposure to our life experiences.
Our own past experience and learning can paradoxically be our greatest asset and the greatest limitation for ourselves, our relationships, and our work life and business. Prior knowledge and experience becomes the limited lens we view the world, ourselves and everyone else through!
In small business, just as in large corporations, many constraints to fulfilling personal and professional potential also lie in limitations. Limitations can negatively impact strategic choices, productivity, decision making, behaviour, stress levels, interpersonal skills, culture, teamwork, and the personal wellbeing of the individual, as well as the commercial bottom line (wellbeing) of the business.
Greater complexity and marketplace change means that past strategic approaches, problem solving methods, and skill sets are no longer enough or relevant in many cases. The way business was once transacted has changed forever requiring a greater skill set from those responsible, not only technically but emotionally and psychologically. The quality of our “doing” from this perspective is very much informed by the quality of our “being” and the quality of our being is very much informed by our knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions created from life experience beginning at birth. Limitations of our own awareness, experience, and understanding can manifest as limited success and often failure in terms of fulfilment, financial wealth, relationships, health, stress, business, and generally in the overall quality of our inner lives and business / work performance.
So how can you grow yourself and improve your business?
Two ways. In business as with elite sport we can be coached on the more technical aspects such as strategy, methodology, technique, and practice i.e. the external things that help us “do” better. This can increase our self-efficacy (our range of choices and capacity to respond to the challenge) which build more confidence and improve performance. Additionally and just as importantly we can cultivate capacities that support the quality of our inner being which can be severely compromised by a lack of awareness, stress, and pressure. It is scientifically proven that the quality of our “being” (inner states) affects the quality of our “doing” (outer performance) which Business Review Weekly highlighted as significant and important factors of business.
At InsideOut Consulting we work closely with businesses, leaders, teams, and individuals to transcend limitations and improve commercial competitiveness and personal performance utilising professional frameworks and models from business, leadership, psychology, neuroscience, stress management, and elite sport that build capacity both inside and out, improving the bottom line in personal, professional and commercial contexts. We are also internationally accredited to present the clinically proven Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program which can be conducted on or off site offering the best available support for sustainable improvement, inside and out.