"In a race, (see picture), athlete Abel Mutai representing Kenya, was just a few feet from the finish line, but he was confused with the signage & stopped thinking he had completed the race. The Spanish athlete, Ivan Fernandez was right behind him & realizing what was happening, he started shouting at the Kenyan for him to continue running; but Mutai didn't know Spanish didn't understand. Then the Spanish pushed him to victory.” [more on the story at: https://lnkd.in/dZiMmZm]
Today, I want to reflect on what it
took for Fernandez to think and act in this way. Let’s consider the following. Any athlete has trained relentlessly to WIN. They have their focus on a goal and they work
their guts out to get there. That single
mindedness is revered by society and by business alike. But in this story we learn that something
else might be much more important: mindfulness.
Or, put simply, having your wits about you. That means having a focus (crossing the
finish line) but also awareness (what is the context, what other data might I
take into consideration). Think for a
moment how these two ideas have a natural balance: focus plus awareness, not
too much of one at the detriment of the other.
In our book Coaching on the Go, we introduce the idea of PausePoints which is a small tool you can integrate into every day to help you develop focus and awareness.