The 2020 class of the CFJ Coaching Success School wrapped up last month with extraordinary results. The 36 students collectively billed over $3.6M—during a pandemic! They served their clients in bolder, stronger ways. They took risks, got uncomfortable, grew their professional self-esteem and “left it all on the court.”
In the final session a student shared her awareness about how she realized she had been playing not to lose, instead of playing to win. Talk about a powerful insight!
When playing not to lose, the game becomes about avoiding pain—aka avoiding the no. It’s easier to collapse into social self, people pleasing, role reversal, and in-action. The desire to “get it right” outweighs the willingness to “get it done”.
When playing to win, the game becomes about bold action. No’s become less personal. We know we’ll miss some baskets along the way but the more we shoot the ball, the more likely we will score. It’s easier to take risks, hold in our leadership, withstand discomfort and live into “done is better than perfect.”
Are you playing not to lose in your coaching practice? In your enrollment process? With current clients? Or even somewhere in your personal life?
I invite you to reflect on this, because it can be subtle. This mindset is a way we block our success.
Shifting to playing to win can be life-changing.
The student I mentioned above, within a week after she shifted to playing to win she enrolled a client—after being in a dry spell for a few months.
My coach, Carolyn Freyer-Jones, and I are leading a complimentary webinar on Tuesday September 15th. If you want to live into this mindset even more, or get coaching on something occurring inside of your practice, sign up here.
a complimentary webinar for coaches
Tuesday September 15th
11:30—1pm PDT RSVP Here
With Fierce Loving,