There is no doubt that it is important to have a philosophy to live and work from. The development of this can only come from reflection and hard work. However, this hard work will help you to have a solid foundation to all that you do.
People and clients need to know what you stand for and what is it about you that sets you apart from others. Not what makes you better than others but what is your Trademark or what I prefer your philosophy.
I always say that mine is based on maximising the potential of people I come in contact with be it students or athletes. However, this may sound a trifle superficial so it needs to be developed further. What I believe is that we are all here for a reason, we all have great potential BUT sometimes we need help in unleashing that potential. I know I have had people that have helped me in my life do this and therefore it is my mission to do that for others.
What is your philosophy?
Where do you look for answers to questions that arise during your day? Or are you even asking yourself questions? Everyday should be an opportunity to do what you do BETTER. Don’t be one of those people that are STUCK or COMFORTABLE with what they are doing and the level they are doing it at.
Now there is nothing wrong with being comfortable but being comfortable does not mean you have to SWITCH OFF the continual improvement part of your brain. It is vital that we REFLECT on what we do and STRIVE to reach new levels of competence and creativity in order to offer a better SERVICE.
In every field I know and every part of life SERVICE should be our number 1 priority but for many it is not. YOU CAN’T LEAD IF YOU DON’T SERVE and maybe that is the reason many organisations struggle because there is no leadership. Maybe the leader has forgot that they must SERVE first before anyone is interested in their leadership.
So if you do decide to improve where do you look for answers? It is too simple to look inside for answers (in your own field) as often these answers can only take you so far. In our field of Sport Science we need to look at other disciplines to offer a better service. Sometimes advanced sport science concepts are basic concepts in another field so why reinvent the wheel.
There is no better example of this than analytics which is a new BUZZ in sport science but for business it is “Old Skool” so lets go wider with our networking, outside the boundaries of our own fields and then we will really start to see some great advancements.