Coaching Lessons From The Star Wars Saga. Yes, really...
I've been catching up on the old Star Wars movies recently with my kids, who are loving them. I still haven't seen Force Awakens yet, hoping to get to my local in the next couple of weeks, so no spoilers, please!
The point is, now that I'm older (maybe wiser) than I was when I first saw these movies, I keep seeing things (themes, phrases) that I'd never picked up on before, and certainly never realised how insightful some of it is.
Much of the great wisdom comes from Yoda, of course: "Do, or do not. There is no try." is a very well known one (Episode V), as he instructs Luke Skywalker in the power of the force. A lesser known one I noticed, by Obi-Wan Kenobi, went like this: "Only a Sith deals in absolutes", suggesting his apprentice is being lost to the Dark Side and so unable to see an alternative course of action...
And there's many a website where you can find other Star Wars quotes that can be applied to the real world. That's for another day.
There's an overriding theme of good vs evil in the movies, but frequently the lines are blurred. The key character of Anakin Skywalker in the early episodes is wrestling with which path to take. It seems to me that his objectives are not clear, and his mind is confused by the various directions in which he is being pulled.
It's a critical point that this is all going on in his head, and we should all recognise that. Many of our own issues and uncertainties come from our internal dialogue, trying to decide what it is that we actually want.
In the end, for Anakin, as he sees it, it comes down to a choice between saving his wife and saving the galaxy. When he makes his choice, and gains CLARITY, it allows him to take decisive action. The consequences of that action make for the drama that follows.
The point here is that the decisions and choices you make, and the actions that you take from them, are all of your own doing. You must take responsibility for your actions and accountability for the consequences.
With that in mind, how do you ensure you make the correct decisions to ensure the consequences of your actions are not galactically catastrophic, or at least not in our best interests in the real world?
There are a multitude of influences on your decisions every day. To make the best choice, you must be clear on your objectives, what you are trying to achieve. So this is where it starts.
Understand your objectives.
Gain clarity on your goals.
Write them down and remind yourself of them every day.
Then when the decision needs to be made, your correct choice will be easy to see.
When I work with clients looking for balance in their lives, helping them to identify what that balance looks like is the first critical step. It helps clarify the goals, and with that clarity, much of the rest falls into place.
It can take just two or three coaching sessions to find that clarity, and set my clients off in the direction of success. So, before you are too far into the year, contact me to arrange an informal chat about how you can work with me to clarify your goals and find your balance. As your coach, I won't tell you whether you should save your wife or save the galaxy, only you will know what's right for you. I will guide you there, certainly, giving you ultimate clarity and accountability.
It might be science fiction, but clarity of your goals can ensure that you feel like the force is strong within you!