Add or Subtract in order to Multiply
When effective coaches are looking to take their player, or professional to a higher level of performance they observe them in their natural state, and recommend:
1) Adding (increasing) some aspect, activity, or technique to enhance performance; or
2) Deleting (eliminating) some non productive, or distracting practice from their routine in order to enhance their performance.
When followed, the result from either of these math processes is that individual performance improves (multiplies). However, like virtually any modification made to a routine, it takes constant effort, and repeated perfect practice, and time before it becomes permanent.
To that end, it isn’t really the coach who makes the changes, it’s the individual; and it’s their responsibility to practice the changes regularly if they expect to improve. Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize change, particularly when it’s gradual, which is why it’s a good idea to catalog, document, and record your progress regularly.
Athletes looking to increase their performance must have a baseline to work from. Business professionals looking to add to their bottom line, must have a starting balance; and individuals seeking to increase their personal development should first take stock of where they are.
Lastly, knowing where you are is only the beginning, which is why reasonable goal making is always recommended. One of the most important aspects of goal making is to write the goal(s) down. Couple this action with the following and you are twice as likely to reach your goal.
“Share your goal with a friend”
Telling others about your plan creates a level of ownership that spurs you on to completion. In most cases your friends will continually ask you from time to time how you’re coming along with your goal. They want to know how you are progressing, and are nearly always cheering for your success, whether business, personal, or professional.
Once you’ve reached your goal, set another as quickly as possible, and use the momentum gained from the former to propel you through the latter.
So what needed changes to your business or professional performance have you identified? And what steps have you taken toward setting goals I order to multiply your performance?
Remember, you’ll need to Add or Subtract in order to multiply; this math formula is universal, and enduring.
Dr. Eugene Matthews