What is your response when you make a mistake?
If you are like us, you probably get disappointed, frown and close your body.
Your body has influence in your emotions and state of being.
When you frown, and keep your body closed, it gets difficult to be brave, creative, open, which you definitely need to learn and to grow.
In the Professional Coaching Diploma programme, our students learn to “be (a) coach”. They practice core coaching competencies such as presence, evoking awareness, active listening, and facilitating growth. And of course, they make mistakes, mistakes are our footsteps in the learning journey. As we know our attitude about mistakes plays a key part in learning, we implemented a new approach to call out “mistakes”. When we do self-reflection: we lift our arms into the sky and shout “how fascinating”. When we give feedback to the other, we say “it was fascinating to observe…”.
We are grateful to Benjamin Zander for inspiring us with this idea. You can see him working with a music student suggesting “How Fascinating” in the video below.
We also highly recommend his book “The Art of Possibility” which he wrote with Rosamund Stone Zander.
Have a fascinating time putting this new attitude to mistakes into practice!