It is no longer surprising to hear athletes make statements such as “I should focus on the process rather than the outcome.” Compared to when I first started coaching, both coaches and athletes today are better informed about the need to focus on the process.
However, there is still a gap between information and application. Despite being better informed, athletes often do not know how to let go of the outcome and refocus on the process.
From what I’ve observed, there are three related reasons that are limiting their ability to do so.
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Do we show our athletes how we face our own insecurities and push ourselves to have a go anyways, e.g., make use of new technology?
Do we recognize that we may not have all the answers and are willing to seek other experts, and even our young athletes for help?
Do we invest our time and effort in getting better and better (instead of feeling helpless) during this global pandemic?
Role Modelling is perhaps the most important strategy to help not only our athletes, but ourselves develop the Growth Mindset.
Many of us are now stuck at home and some without income. Of course we prefer things to be different. Well they aren’t. Instead of feeling helpless, how can we turn this around?
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” –Epictetus
You’re not going to find direct answers to the question here but, you might be able to turn this into an opportunity for growth if you spend some time reflecting on what sports coaching has taught us and what we have been teaching our athletes…
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