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Whether it is a new opportunity, taking the initiative, assuming responsibility, the weight of leadership, pressure of expectation or fear of failure – while different for different people – EVERYONE has a stretch zone, and the capacity to be at our best under pressure sets us up for success.
The Stretch Zone developed out of 10 years’ coaching and training within a talent and leadership context. Author Glenn Widelko was initially intrigued as to how often people asked for help with confidence, especially as this was as much with people who would be described as hugely confident as it was with people who clearly lacked confidence.
‘Everyone has a stretch zone and confidence is an issue for everyone who has the courage to step outside their comfort zone.’
While these high-performers were dripping with talent and potential, under pressure they were holding themselves back unnecessarily and, when asked, the burning issue was confidence. The well-trodden paradigm of ‘build, boost and act more confident’ was not working – it is neither sustainable nor convincing.
Glenn started to ask some questions: What is confidence? How does it work? Where does it come from? How can I be so confident in some situations and lack confidence in others? What makes it appear and disappear? Where does it appear from and where does it disappear to? How can I be confident anywhere, anytime?
Arising out of these questions are the insights, principles and practices upon which The Stretch Zone is based, turning our understanding of confidence completely on its head. When people no longer hold themselves back under pressure they begin to discover renewed depths to their talents and potential, acquiring a taste for being at their best, especially in those pressure moments that really matter most.
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Presence – sense of certainty within oneself and one’s capabilities
Attitude – positive outlook on oneself and life’s challenges
Resilience – calm composure to deal with things as they arise
Mindset – capacity to focus when and where it really matters
Stepping Up – capacity to create and seize opportunities
Self-Esteem – sense of self-worth that no longer questions one’s value and impact
Relationships – enjoy mutual relationships based on trust and credibility
Delivery – people trust themselves – they step up and deliver results
Initiative – people take the initiative and drive opportunities forward
Commitment – people no longer avoid – they engage and see things through
Energy – people motivate and energise themselves and others
Communication – people say what they mean and mean what they say
Teamwork – people feel empowered to make a difference
Culture – people share an infectious ‘can-do’ energy of possibilities