What is most helpful is identifying our strengths and building on them.
Most of the time we can be really focused on our negative aspects and what we are not doing, or achieving. In terms of the performance literature we know that this isn’t a helpful approach. What is most helpful is identifying our strengths and building on them.
In our performance coaching and training sessions with students the number one problem that they raise is the issue of procrastination. It is the first thing that comes up when we talk about the barriers to good performance. We find that procrastination is often triggered by one of these thoughts or beliefs:
“It’s too much” – Leading to overwhelm and shut down.
“I don’t know where to begin” – Leading to making another beautiful revision plan/ essay plan/ career plan etc.
“I don’t need to start yet, there’s still plenty of time” – Leading to putting off the start time all together.