In 1974 Tim Gallwey simplified the mysterious world of coaching and distilled it down into a simple equation:
Performance = Potential – Interference
I have used this equation to guide my coaching performance for 20 years in business and 30 years in athletics. A good coach simply removes interference for the coachee, but a skilled coach more particularly creates space for the coachee to remove the interference on their own. In addition to this equation below is a pic from Sir John Whitmore – another giant in the coaching and mentoring scene.
If you are a coachee:
It will help you understand why you should embrace the movement from comfort to discomfort: your own performance benefits. Courage is frequently required; having a skilled coach to guide helps immensely.
If you are a coach:
Creating the space, not letting coachees regress into comfort and helping coachees navigate the consequential chaos are critical skills.