Can you trust your thinking?

This is a significant week for The Inner Game eCoach as we pilot a version of the eCoaching system with a significant global client.  The version we have created is designed to help people deliver projects using a Lean/Six Sigma approach.  This will shortly be followed by a version more suited to performance and learning in everyday life which we hope you will help us test and develop.

What the process of designing this Lean Sigma eCoach has revealed (again) with remarkable clarity is the impact of inhibiting people’s desire to find solutions or move forward immediately and instead having them stop for a moment, look at their situation and notice what then occurs to them.  And then to trust what has occurred or emerged in their thinking, their feeling, their imagination.

As an Inner Game coach standing on a tennis court one of the things that I actively encouraged was for people to have a swing in increasingly uninhibited fashion.  Trust and let go.  Which brings me to this: why don’t we trust our thinking?  And by thinking I mean any of imagining, intuiting, understanding, problem solving etc.  The thinking that emerges when we stop.  Part of the answer is, of course, that we are trained not to trust our thinking but rather to learn what we are being taught.

Which in turn takes me to what happens when we do trust our thinking – what would that look like.  It would I think be thinking that did not come from should, must or have to, that did not come from fear, doubt or greed.  In Inner Game language there is a difference in the thinking that emerges for Self One to that which emerges from Self Two.  By way of an example I have a strong sense that many, many people set their goals, in life and work from Self One, from ‘should, must or have to’ from fear, doubt or greed.

It is interesting to note that there is some evidence, in the west at least, that there are increasing numbers of people moving away from such goals, particularly in their careers and are looking for work that is meaningful and purposeful, that is ethical and sustainable.  Prosperity in the Twenty First Century may look very different to the previous.

What we are trying to create with the Inner Game eCoach is a system that delivers Mobility (the ability to move towards desired outcomes in a way that is fulfilling to you) and that evokes Self Two.