Saturday, July 17, 2010
Need a Coach? How about a Yogi?
Many people nowadays are hiring coaches to help them change and improve. It’s an age-old resource, probably dating back to the prehistoric sherpas that would guide the tribe over a treacherous mountain pass to a lush green valley beyond.
If you are in search of a coach, consider this alternate approach. Hire Yogi Berra.
Baseball great Lawrence “Yogi” Berra was not just a famous American baseball player. Because of his special way with the English language, he has become a legendary source of wisdom for life. Consider just three examples of classic Yogi Berra-isms, and how these one liners can stimulate the wisdom of your own “inner coach.”
~ “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi knew that goals are important in life. Without goals, we are without direction. With goals, we are able to chart a course toward our desires.
~ “You can observe a lot by watching.” – Observing quietly, and listening attentively, are the most fundamental ways to learn. We did that when we were infants. We do that when we are newcomers in a strange place. We can do it anytime we choose to be highly effective listeners.
~ “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi understood the importance of action. The forks in the road of life are times of choice. Times to choose a path and go for it.
In Sanskrit, the word yogi refers to a person who “knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body” and practices spiritual development techniques such as yoga. An interesting linguistic coincidence? I think not.
[This blog post dedicated to my dad, George J. Seamon (1924-2003), a great baseball catcher like Yogi Berra.]
ABOUT THE WRITER
This article was written by Terrence Seamon and originally published at HR.BlogNotions on July 16, 2010. For more leadership, management, engagement, and coaching tips like this, check out Terry’s website Facilitation Solutions and his blog Here We Are. Now What?