The ‘Real’ P’s of Performance….
We talk a lot about physiology, planning, periodisation, principles of training
From a coaching perspective we talk about punctuality, having a presence and a philosophy of training.
We ask our clients and athletes to have patience and perseverance. To have faith in the programme we put together for them to get better.
Well here’s the thing…these are all considerations and some are vitally important.
But when we talk about the difference that makes the difference there are more important P’s that we really need to focus on. That reallylead us to results and long term developments.
Here’s my list:
What are our clients REALLY here for? Do they want to do those deadliest or move fast on the field/court. Is the moving fast on the field or court the real purpose ir is there something even higher than that we need to tap into? What about us as coaches? Why do we do what we do? We enjoy helping others but what about helping ourselves? Have you considered what you really want from your coaching and career?
A key ingredient to any successful programme. We must be able to translate ideas, beliefs and thoughts to people. The catalyst for this is passion. No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
Turning up to the session is just the start. Being present means being making effort to be engaging, to excite your clients with the sessions and enabling your athletes with the tools, coaching and process you give them for development. Credit to Nick Ward for the Excite, Engage, Enable mantra. It’s a great way to look at our role.
Most athletes got to where they are through enjoying the activity. Be it rugby, football, cricket, MMA, tennis. They do it because they enjoy it. And we know that skill acquisition comes through exploration. We know creativity is boosted through play. Just look at google 20% time for evidence of this.
As coaches we need to play in our environment more. We also need to facilitate an element of this for our clients. It has to be enjoyable. It just has to be.
Commit to the process: Results don’t happen overnight. We have a role to play to educate people, to manage expectations and to develop people that can self manage and learn about the process over time.
Commit to the process in order to make progress.
Focus on the people not the programme:
When I came out of uni having done a masters in S&C i was smarter than I am now. I knew more information, facts and figures, research references. I focussed on the programme. The programme has to be ‘perfect’ (is there such a thing as perfect?)
The results come when we focus on the people. What they need, what they think they need (often two different things)…and balancing these. Focus on building relationships that last. How do you do that? Put in time and effort.
You need both. You can’t just give it time as it won’t come without effort and you also can’t force it. Some (most) things take time.
We’ve all got a life outside training and sport. Remember this when your designing your programmes. Vern talks about preparing for the stress not adding to it. If our programmes simply add stress to stress it’s a downward spiral. Managing our own expectations is an important piece of the puzzle here. Take the time to find out what life looks like outside the time you spend with your clients. It will help you build a bigger picture and make better decisions.
Thats my list, but what about yours? Do you have some things you feel make important ingredients in a great programme?
Don’t forget that I’m offering a FREE 20 minute coaching call to anyone who really wants to move forwards this next 12 months. As many of you know I run a 12 MONTH ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT MENTORSHIP programme, that students and graduates of which are building awesome things all over the UK.
I want to help more people and for the first 10 people who get back to me I’ll set aside 20 minutes to talk through the mentorship programme and how it could fit with YOU. It’s totally free, and if you don’t get something valuable out of the session alone I’ll even send you £20 of my own money!!
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Look forward to hearing from you very soon,