Everything is an iteration

I launched my coaching business about a decade ago.

At first I knew nothing about the business of coaching.  Then I knew a little more.

And then I put my toe in the water and found out that I really could make a difference.  But the business of coaching is so different to the world of coaching.

I tried marketing and selling and fell flat on my face!

Since then I’ve tried a hundred and one different ways or models – none of which have lasted.

Some worked for a while.  Some I enjoyed.  Some I loved.  And with some I fell at the first hurdle.

But everything I’ve tried has morphed, changed, developed and evolved into something else.

Everything is an iteration.  Change is the only constant!

Everything is part of a larger process.

Even those things that work for us evolve and change in time; often into something better.

I’m excited about launching my new Online NLP School, but I recognise that whatever I bring to the world will be an iteration.

I have a vision but I know reality will be so very different.  Better!

We all have to learn, grow and develop on this remarkable journey called life.  Apple was path-breaking with the iPhone, but is now lagging behind the competition in many ways.  Not in profits however!  Yet.

There are so many unknowns.  Pioneers can reap rich rewards, but they also face the greatest unknowns.

What we strive for is not always easy, but it’s nearly always worth it.  In some way.  A key part of any journey is the ‘failure’.  That can mean things break, we lose our way, or our phones catch fire!

Failure, necessary endings and the dark nights of the soul give us challenges to grow, creativity to solve issues and empathy to understand more.  They also give us stories to share which deeply engage us in, and with the world.  They are the fuel to propel us to the next level.

But our success is only built upon our foundation of failure.

I’m sure you’ve heard Michael Jordan’s quote, widely recognised as the greatest basketball player of all time…

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” 

Definition of iteration:  a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result.

Everything is an iteration.

So what’s the next iteration?

For me it’s the launch of my online school next month, then an awesome Retreat in Ibiza followed by trips to India and Africa for courses and an epic adventure.

What’s the next iteration for you?