The process of Back on Track™ (BOT) is simple: A person chooses or recognises a dream, prepares to experience that dream, deals with the obstacles along the way, and revisits the dream as a way to deal with the obstacles and make the subsequent preparation more engaging. As performance in many different fields grows more demanding, individuals in medicine, sports, business, and music, for example, must look for competitive advantages, deal with pressure and expectations, and fulfil themselves personally at the same time. There are only 168 hours available in a week to do this. In this actual quest, the challenge for everyday people as well as publicly successful performers is to make the best use of their time and energy. VIP is a simple process that can help individuals do this, as it encourages them to design and engage in activities that enable them to sustain energy, perform with high quality, and enjoy life on a daily basis.
One of the challenges in working with the Back on Track™ (BOT) is to be not only a “knower” but also a “doer.” Consequently, one should live Back on Track™ first, and teach it second. In each field in which research or applied work was carried out using Back on Track™ (BOT) —whether it was medicine, business, sport, or music—a split between the knowing and the doing (or the science and the art) was observed. Clearly, this is an issue in the field of helping others. The effective use of Back on Track™ (BOT) depends on the acquisition of knowledge of both the BOT and its underlying concepts and skills to apply the Back on Track™ (BOT) process to specific contexts. Back on Track™ (BOT) is not designed as a way of simply passing on information, nor is it about simply helping clients to develop techniques or skills. Back on Track™ (BOT) is about getting to the heart of why you as a helper do what you do, and why clients do what they do. It is about helping yourself and your clients shape individual Back on Track™ (BOT) processes into useful, energy-producing mechanisms for performance.
As an example, in the medical field there is tremendous controversy as well as strong forces reshaping the way doctors and patients interact. The heart of the matter is the split between the knowers and the doers—the scientists and the artists. Patients are demanding that doctors not only know about their disease but also have the skills to make it relevant to them beyond simply treating it. Patients want their doctors to understand the context in which their disease exists. Much of that context resides in the patients’ minds and hearts. Medicine is learning that successfully applying knowledge requires as much art as science. Doctors are being forced to listen to their patients and make connections with them in order to treat them. There is a popular medical saying:
“People will not let you care for them until they know you care about them.”
Back on Track™ (BOT) provides an opportunity to understand the context of individuals and apply the knowledge of both the science and the art of performance psychology and performance enhancement to help them achieve quality and excellence in their chosen endeavours.
A quote from the movie Zero Effect puts this best: I cannot possibly overstate the importance of observation in your own life. Everyone goes through life dropping crumbs. If you can recognise the crumbs, you can trace a path back from your death certificate to the dinner and movie that resulted in you in the first place. But this research is an art, not a science, because anyone who knows what they’re doing can find the crumbs, the wheres, the whats, and the whos. The art is in the why, the ability to read between the crumbs. For every event there is a cause and effect, for every crime a motive, for every motive a passion. The art of Back on Track™ (BOT) is the ability to look at the details and see the passion