RAISING THE BAR: 9 things I’ve learned from my athletes…..(this year)
Let’s be honest, this job is a joy. I love it now as much as when I first started coaching some 8 years ago.
It’s a privilege to work with high performance people.
It’s superb teaching kids, aspiring athletes, and helping people achieve their goals.
It’s awesome to be involved in the process.
What do I like best about it?
Well in fairness I’m sure you can guess……I’ve set up my entire business on it.
It’s learning from people.
It’s getting better.
RPB: The relentless pursuit of BETTER!
This is my new mantra! (Well, I copied it from someone else!)
It’s about constant improvement.
Moving quickly and taking action.
Learning from experiences.
Here’s a load of things I’ve learnt from coaching that have helped me get better.
There’s tons more, but I’m more interested in learning what yours are! What are your top 3 things that you’ve picked up from your athletes, your clients, that have helped you improve your business, your own training, your general performance in life!
Leave me a comment below be great to hear form you.
Anyway here’s my list.
1. Knowing what success looks like and then work backwards.
What is the vision?
What do you want?
Olympic gold is one that springs to mind. A very tangible goal. And something to plan for from the outset. The olympics come around every 4 years. That means 4 years of daily work to get to that 10 seconds of activity, that one performance to win or lose.
Once you have that vision, that success picture for you, the best don’t let themselves get distracted from this.
There’s so many distractions along the way but selfishness is something that comes naturally for high performance people. Putting yourself first is vital to the accelerated achievement process.
Breaking your success goals down into manageable chunks is key.
The olympian breaks it down from 4 years to 4 x 1 years.
Then from 1 years to 12 x 1 months.
from 1 month to 4 x 1 weeks.
from 1 week to 7 x 1 days.
from 1 day to 3 x sessions per day.
from today to tomorrow.
What are you doing tomorrow that is helping you build your legacy?
Is everything you’re doing contributing to your success?
2. Enjoy the PROCESS whilst working intensively.
Success takes time, it requires patience.
You can’t achieve the things you really want by tomorrow.
That end goal doesn’t come in a few weeks or months. Think about 10 years, 20 years. Whatever it takes.
Once you accept this think about the process.
The process of getting better.
The process of building something.
You can’t possibly hope to achieve something huge if you don’t enjoy the process.
Now of course it’s unrealistic to enjoy every single minute, we’re not really programmed this way.
But I’m sure it will serve you well if you enjoy that process generally.
The athlete that enjoys getting better every day outperforms the one that simply enjoys winning. There’s only so long you can continue without putting in the hard hours.
The qualities that underpin the performance are the key.
Are your daily activities contributing to your success?
Are you enjoying the process?
3. Success comes when you’re remarkable.
But remarkable isn’t just being better than average, it also means worthy of somebody else making a remark.
The skills that have been honed so well, so it’s effortless.
The ballet like movement we see from the best athletes.
The restaurant service that makes you tell your friends to check it out.
That’s how brands are built.
That’s how ideas spread.
You see, everyone is great these days.
We can all do a ‘good’ job.
It’s just not enough.
People expect more.
They want remarkable.
So make it happen.
4. Never walk alone (Or run….)
The best athletes have a great team around them.
Better than themselves in different areas.
Specific strengths are brought to the table.
Powerful minds exchange ideas.
Being threatened is not an option.
Threat needs to be reframed as an opportunity to get better, to grow, to develop further than is possible without that person.
Go back to your success vision.
Bringing the right people in makes that happen faster, more efficiently than without.
Everything relates to the end goal.
Just don’t try to go alone.
5. Plan and measure, but be flexible.
The difference between planning and not planning is speed. The athlete with the plan get’s there faster. It’s that simple.
High performance people know where they are going, the general direction.
The good ones have a plan to get there.
The best have a plan, but they know when it’s time to change tact, change emphasis, change direction, but all with the goal of moving forwards. Towards success.
Move towards success every day.
Have your plan and keep pushing.
Measurement is a must.
Seb Coe said “If you don’t know how you’ve won, it must have been an accident”.
Key performance indicators for the athlete might be speed, endurance, strength.
What are yours?
Measure the things that need measuring.
The key areas.
Don’t measure for the sake of measuring.
6. Get the basics right.
If I was coaching you to be a better sprinter I might be working on your movement patterns in the squat or lunge. The range of movement through the hips. The physical literacy you possess.
Once we get these right we can move to sprinting movements such as running drills and sprint mechanics.
You need that underpinning physical literacy before you move to specific movements.
What about business?
Doesn’t it make sense to have the basics of business before you concentrate on industry specific considerations and expertise?
The foundations of your craft before the intricacies?
You can’t build on a poor foundation.
It might serve you well in the short term but long term cracks will appear.
Focus on your business literacy.
7. Listening skills
How much do you listen?
Do you hear people but don’t really listen?
Are you bringing the best in to help you but doing it how you want to do it regardless?
Is that smart?
Build your legacy your own way of course, but you can get there quicker by working with people who know what their talking about.
The athlete talks to coaches on a daily basis. The coach is there to guide them. To shorten the process. To get them there quicker than they would alone.
The entrepreneur has mentors and coaches to help them in different areas.
The answers are there if you can see them, and hear them.
What about reflection time? Hearing is one thing, consideration and application is another?
Are you making the time to think and review?
Doesn’t take long for clarity to appear when you give your self the time.
8. The difference that makes the difference?
What changes can you make?
But which changes make the biggest difference?
Which one impacts the most?
The athlete with tight hips can stretch and mobilse that area.
But what about looking at the lower back? The shoulders? The ankles or the knees? It might be these areas that are not functioning fully which places greater stress through the hips.
Your business might be the same.
You can spend more on specific areas but is it that area that is the issue? Is it related to something else?
Reflect and consider.
Find and change the difference that makes the difference.
9. Be an artist.
Art is something that can be admired.
Something people look at and admire, maybe even make a remark about!
The 100 metre final in Beijing and London was art.
The blast of speed down the wing to score the try in rugby is art.
The service you provide is art.
The craftsmanship you possess is art.
People will admire it, but only if you treat it this way.
Building a legacy, a brand, takes artists to represent that brand.
Then things spread.
Be an artist.
Don’t forget to let me know what you’ve learnt from your athletes, your experiences, your peers that have helped to shape you.
If you like this stuff, I have a load more things I can write about and I could start a ‘Raising the Bar’ series to share them. Let me know and I will do!
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