In this moment I find myself standing at the threshold of my comfort zone – a moment that I’ve imagined countless times over the past few years. At the threshold, I have a choice: I can either hold myself back from what is the fruit of years of unflinching intention or I can step up into the STRETCH ZONE – into the unknown!
As with any moment at the threshold, as you may recognise from your own experience, when I look within myself I observe a conflux of ideas, thoughts and feelings – a mix of exuberant trepidation. So what is it that has brought me to this exciting moment?
Having worked extensively with seasoned leaders as an executive coach and facilitator over the past 15 years, amongst many things, what has intrigued me most is how often confidence has been raised as an area for development.
What has been particularly interesting is that this is as true of people who seem to exude confidence as it is of people who clearly lack confidence. Without a doubt, we all have a stretch zone and confidence is an issue for everyone who has the courage to step outside their comfort zone.
Arising out of 15 years of coaching conversations is my first book, THE STRETCH ZONE, which is about being at our very best when it really matters – and that is about confidence in the stretch zone. While skill, knowledge and experience are critical, confidence is the differentiating factor that enables our best when it matters.
What makes The Stretch Zone unique and different is that it is not about confidence boosting hype, resulting in no more than a façade of pseudo-confidence that seldom lasts. Rather than wasting our effort and energy unnecessarily The Stretch Zone inspires us to channel our efforts to release an authentic confidence from within oneself. Coming from within it is authentic and congruent – real and sustainable.
Celebrating The Stretch Zone and all that I have learnt from so many outstanding people over the years, the first few chapters are freely available at www.widelko.com. Also to follow are a series of blogs on key insights about confidence in the stretch zone over the coming months – to share what has been a transformative experience for so many, not to mention myself.