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I’m turning right onto a busy street, in the busy city where I live.

I look to my left; a bus in the right lane is sputtering along, too slowly for traffic.

That’s curious, I think to myself. The slow moving bus means the right lane is free for me.

Time to turn right, right?

Surprise!

As I slowly moved into traffic, some kid on a bike comes off the sidewalk to my right – and nearly hits the front of my car!

No, wait a minute, let me rephrase that: I nearly hit that kid!

That kid came out of nowhere! Have you ever had a moment like that?

Isn’t it interesting how surprises make us even more surprised, when we try to make sense of events that “come from nowhere.”
Because you and I both know that things always come from somewhere.

If you’re like me, you plan and monitor your calendar. You take comfort in the fact that you “know” what’s going to happen at your 9am meeting.  And then:

  • Your kid gets sick
  • You get a flat tire
  • Your business partner forgets the documents you were going to review
  • And so on, because life happens

We plan, but we are surprised.

Life doesn’t exist on my Google calendar.

Why?  Because life unfolds, in the moment.

Looking into the Unknown Blog Post Chris WestfallUncertainty is really all we have.  Although we look at our calendars, and try to believe otherwise.

What do you do, when something unexpected shows up?

Instead of blamestorming, or beating yourself up for being yourself (how is that productive?) maybe it’s time to see what you’ve been missing.

You’re not broken. You’re human.

You have a blind spot.

Discomfort and uncertainty don't have to go together. #pitchcoach Click To Tweet

Cars today have blind spot monitoring. Why don’t you?

Given that blind spots are there, what action can you take to make sure you see the unseen?

  • You could punish yourself for results that aren’t satisfying. But that’s not productive.
  • You could enroll in a training course, or find new resources. Except you don’t need training, just because you missed something (we all do it). The issue isn’t an issue of skill.
  • You could keep pushing away your friends, family and co-workers who are trying to help you. Again: how is this helping anyone?
  • Or you could follow the advice of Elvis Presley: Stop, Look and Listen. Long live the King! 🙂

Before you try to modify yourself, maybe you should adjust your point of view.

Look, I’m not a bad driver. But I nearly hit a kid on a bicycle! Do I need driver’s ed?

What if someone was in the passenger seat, looking to the right…what then? I suspect I would have the perspective I need. Just a simple nudge, to look in another direction.

So much of my coaching work centers on identifying blind spots. You know why?

My clients don’t need fixing.

In fact, most of the folks I work with are well-equipped to do their jobs, run their businesses, and excel in the game of life.

Does that describe you?

Maybe the transformation you need is simply a new point of view. #pitchcoach Click To Tweet

Stop, look and listen to the people and ideas that keep showing up.

Is there something you’re not seeing?

Coaching isn’t about fixing people.

Exploring new options requires a fresh set of eyes. Another viewpoint. Another approach to your goals.

Coaching is about identifying blind spots. Sharing new perspectives. Giving you a “warning light” when you need it most, so that you can take the action you need.

Because, in my experience, when you see what’s really going on, you already know which way to turn.

For my clients, I don’t need to “take the wheel” when surprises happen.

I help my clients to understand the best path through traffic – by pointing to new ways of looking at the same old problems. I point my clients towards their own internal GPS – so that they can find their own results. And so far, those results have been nothing less than amazing.

If you’re ready to talk with someone who can help with that blind spot

before you pull out into traffic, maybe we should talk.

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Chris
US National Elevator Pitch Champion. Keynote speaker. Author. Business coach for Fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurs and high-growth organizations. Married with two daughters, based in Houston, Texas USA.
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