We all have habits of perception and response that impede our ability to be mindful as coaches, and in my experience many fall into the discrete categories that I discuss below. (Marshall Goldsmith also helpfully describes twenty-one habits of successful people, at least some of which will apply to each of us.10
) Naming our habits allows us to first observe, and then interrupt, our habits. I offer these in the same spirit.
The purpose here is not to overwhelm you with a litany of obstacles to mindfulness but to develop a language for talking about habits. The simple act of recognizing how any one of these habits influences you, and accepting it without judgment or self-flagellation, is a moment of awakening.
Each of these ...