Three Principles Based Coaching

Innate, or Three Principles Based Coaching, is about gaining a deeper understanding of how we experience life. This helps us see our lives and circumstances in a new way. The potential within us can be released, generating many benefits: greater resilience; greater confidence in our abilities; fresh thinking (our wisdom); focus on what matters; less stress and greater clarity; all in all a better state of mind – and a better state of mind means better performance!

Innate coaching works to minimise interference.

The 3 principles of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought are not an approach to life; they are an understanding of what life is and how it works.

Performance = Potential – Interference

Timothy Gallwey, author of the Inner Game Series of books

What are the 3 Principles?

A principle is something that’s fundamental – true for all people, at all times, without exceptions, such as gravity. By way of illustration, three commonly known forces at play in the physical world are electricity, magnetism, and gravity. Knowing these three forces exist in nature just makes it easier for us to navigate the physical world as we learn to take them into account as we go about our daily lives. In the same way knowing about these three principles empowers us:

  • The Principle of Mind – the energy and intelligence behind life
  • The Principle of Consciousness – gives us awareness… the ability to realise the existence of life. The capacity to be aware and experience life is innate in human beings. It is a universal phenomenon and it determines the quality of our experience in any given moment.
  • The Principle of Thought – we create our individual experience of reality via the vehicle of thought. It is like a kind of developing fluid for mental photographs, bringing whatever passes through its field to life. It informs our senses and brings whatever we’re thinking to life.

So, Mind projects Thought onto Consciousness – it’s a great special effects dept! Innate coaching can help you understand what’s going on behind the scenes – it’s a paradigm shift. Nothing has necessarily changed on the outside but everything feels different.



The Three Principles of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness were first described in 1972 by Sydney Banks. This understanding is used by professionals in a variety of fields.

“If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their own experience, that alone would change the world.” – Sydney Banks


“We spend time trying to come up with solutions to problems that really only exist in our thinking. We think about something and we make it a “thing” – a problem….only in our thinking”


“Your state of mind is the source of your experience, not the effect”


“Emotions are useful indicators of the quality of our thinking at any given moment”