I would like to share with you some mental insights that helps me with my leadership journey.
It confirms strongly how coaching, martial arts and leadership are part of my kokoro (heart) quest. I thought it might help you as well in your journey.
When competing all the “mental game” is about not thinking about winning and not losing either; it’s about staying in the present. We train to connect to our peaceful strength, where the heart connects everything through our energy canals. This is something you achieve through many hours and years of practice looking to your own mirror and do your best.
If you’re pure and connected to yourself you can overcome the false mind, the realm of the ego
(4 poisons: fear, doubt, surprise and confusion).
When we co-lead it’s the same. It’s not about starting to think about the family issues, kids, being hungry, party, dinner with friends,…
It's about daring to suspend, staying in the present with the people around us, within their spaces, ours and “the space”.
The precious thing in co-leadership is that we’re not alone, we have a co-leader that is there to complement our energy, back up if needed. He's there to empower our impact together in the room.
In competition you also need a clear mind & commitment.
It’s about caring first about what you need to be in your best shape; your environment, your health, your food through a day competition and those that followed the upcoming months and years. Through polishing yourself through practices your body, spirit and mind are assimilating the movements so afterwards during the competition your body moves and reacts instinctively.
You don’t have time to analyse and start to have a philosophical chit chat with yourself about what is the best move once you’re competing. If you do so you lose and give a nice opportunity to your opponent.
In leadership we also practice, explore, experiment and once we’re on the stage, you play with it.
You use your accordion panel with your different IAM types, see the different screens in one, stay connected with your partner, sail smoothly and sometimes not, stay and be sharp in your responses.
I wish you good luck to tune in with the different partitions in different spaces, explore the paradoxes and polish your personal shape of your leadership style.
Below an interesting video (EN) where you can see this process of mental preparation, commitment of my fan Naoko Eiga in order to be the captain of the Japanese team at the WKC 2003.