Saturday, October 3, 2009

The New Path?

I spent the last three days in an exhaustive team-building exercise in Chaska. I must admit that my thoughts going into the process were quite skeptical - I had done the "rah-rah" thing before, and given what was on my plate, I couldn't handle three days out of the office.

I could not have been more mistaken.

The process was an intensive one, with days starting at 6:30AM and finishing after 9:00PM with basically no time for breaks. It was built around a "ropes course," and leveraged the primal fear of heights to elicit human emotional reactions at the very core, and frankly, the incredible things I learned about others and myself through the process have the real opportunity for me to change my life. Yes, sports fans, I have drunk the Kool-Aid. And drunk deeply.

I'll be covering this subject in detail in subsequent posts under Performance Unlimited (also the name of the sports psychologists that conducted this training) and this coverage with be in part to share my experience and what it has meant to me, and part of it will be an attempt to keep me on this new path that I now tread. It may not be applicable to you, and if that turns out to be the case, I apologize. I have a small but loyal audience to this blog, and I do not take you for granted. However, one of the reasons I started this blog in the fist place is for me to have an outlet for what is raging in my head. And all of this is raging, and raging indeed.

The foundation of all of the training and the mindset, and the things which was so very revolutionary to me, is that in order to perform at the highest of all levels, either as an individual or a team, the following need to be present:

Awareness > Choice > Accountability > Honesty > Integrity > Trust

I present these the way that I do as I see these as a progression: One cannot really see choice unless they're clearly aware, one cannot accept full accountability unless they first recognize that there was indeed a choice, etc.

I intend to delve into each of these as subjects over the next months. I promise we won't load up too much on this, and there will be plenty of the other stuff you've come to expect. Also, I know I'm delinquent on my next installment on Blitz, and we'll be getting back to that soon as well.

Until then...

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