Lessons from sport
As a former Australian representative athlete, I believe sport has much to teach us about life. Everyone who plays sport wants to do their best. Whether they’re an Olympic athlete, a weekend warrior, or just out for a good time, there’s an element of personal striving that’s a fundamental part of sport. Run further, kick more goals, climb higher, perform better. At its heart, sport is about achieving your personal best.
The game of life – your own ‘PB’
I believe that life is also fundamentally about being your personal best. Imagine if we all took the field each day with the aim of being a better person – of learning new things, accomplishing more, overcoming obstacles, taking on challenges, and most importantly, contributing more. Imagine the difference we could make to our own life satisfaction, as well as to the people around us, if we were motivated by a relentless desire to be our personal best.
Eye-sight and insight
The Personal Best ethos has certainly shaped my life. Being born with congenital cataracts, I was not expected to make much of my life. I was certainly not expected to cope with mainstream education or employment. But the drive to be the best that I could be was formed early in my life.
Rather than accept the limitations set by others, I discovered what was possible by getting in and having a go. I got on in the world by using my strengths, nurturing relationships, solving problems, developing resilience and by viewing life’s challenges through an optimistic lens. And I learnt to accept that fear, anxiety and uncertainty are essential components of growth and development and being your personal best.
My ‘PB’ – making a difference
My life is about seeking out uncertain and unfamiliar paths and embracing challenge. I strive each day to become a better person – to develop my character, achieve my goals, cultivate my happiness, live my values, and touch people’s lives. And recognising that meaning comes from something bigger than myself, I search constantly for ways to make a positive difference in all that I do.
PB Performance Coaching grew out of this personal philosophy, and enables me to pursue with passion and unrelenting drive my personal mission to help others to be the best that they can be.
I operate my business according to these core principles:
- My relationship with my clients is paramount, and I do what we agree
- I will only provide services that I expect will bring value to my clients
- I bring credibility, objectivity, a history of achievement and relevant professional skills to every service, and I am continually developing my expertise
- My clients get the real me – insightful, wise, ethical, empathic and happy
- I am authentic – I respectfully say what I mean and I mean what I say.
Jo Saies, Director
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