I thought that I would try to start a new series of blog posts.
‘The A – Z of coaching’
Now I should point out that I dont intent for this to be a ‘how to’ manual, or even overly in depth breakdown of how I coach. Rather, I intend for it to be a series of thoughts about elements of coaching that I feel resonate with me.
So here goes….
I could have went for Aerobic (or Anaerobic for that matter), then I thought maybe Attrition was a better word, a word that ment something to me personally. By attrition I was thinking the relentlessness of the grind, but when I looked up the meaning of attrition it said
the process of reducing somethings strength or effectivness through sustained attack or pressure
(kind of the opposite of what a coach does or tries to do)
But thats not the attritional bit for me, the part that gets tiring , the part that can reduce you effectiveness is maybe the relentless nature of sport, the no rest til we’re done approach, the no compromises.
But those things are the things I like about sport, they are the reason I coach, I like the honest of it. I guess I dont find it attritional at all really. So back to the drawing board….
Then it struck me….. Attitude.
In the squad system we have adopted in Larne, the difference between being in the Junior National squad and the age group program comes down to attitude.
I dont believe in talent as a concept, I believe that everyone have the potenial to achieve all they wish to in life if they work towards it.
It wont be easy, there will be challenges, there will be failures along the way. How close you get to achieving your goals depends on how you react to these things…….and that comes down to attitude.
The right attitude makes athletes coachable, and it makes coaches approachable.
Your attitude impacts on every area area of your life, your performance, relationships and everyone around you.
We have a choice every day, we can choose to have an attitude of self-encouragement and self-motivation or we can elect to have one of self-defeat and self-pity, we all face this choice and the important thing is to remember that its not what is happening to you that is important but how you respond to those things. (easier said than done)