“Existence system” is not a phrase commonly known or used in English. A Google search for it in quotes yields a paltry 7,470 results and none of the first few pages of results contain the meaning I intend to share here, so let’s look at the phrase newly.
Said another way, I mean: systems for keeping things in existence*. We all know the phrase, “out of sight, out of mind”, right? Keeping something in existence means keeping it present over time: it is the antithesis of letting something fall through the cracks. Many people don’t need an existence system: it is easy to remember the big things like going to work on Monday morning and brushing the teeth at night. If those are your only responsibilities in a typical week, you really don’t need to check in with a day planner first thing in the morning. And if you should happen to forget Aunt Pam’s birthday, well, she’ll probably understand.
But if you’re Up To Something, something that demands more of you than getting through a regular work schedule and maintaining basic hygiene, then an existence system is quickly relevant. When you are Up To Something there are actions to take, promises to keep, appointments to attend and so on, and each thing has its place in time. Letting one of these things slip through the cracks is counterproductive, and so staying present to all of them is very useful.
Coaches are almost invariably coaching people who are Up To Something. Thus, coaches themselves are almost invariably Up To Something. Existence systems become doubly relevant in the coaching profession. What is your existence system? How about your clients’? Do they ever intersect?
*You probably know of many existence systems, even if you’ve never called them by that name. PDA’s, MS Outlook, day planners, Google Calendars, a cell phone that beeps at you 2 minutes before you’re supposed to hop onto that conference call… these are all examples of systems to keep you present to what’s going on and when.