143: Edge of ability
by Danny James
Some runaway thoughts noted, upon reflection of a fine day Coaching. Or as I like to see it, facilitating realisation.
To that end, a Coaches role in the process I believe, is to become progressively dispensable.
School can not equip the Coach of all things with which he/she can use to prepare athletes. It’s the beginning. Further to this, there is a time for theory/calculation/science, and a time for practice/action/art. Know the appropriate blend for the individual and situation.
I would always advocate going as far as you can, evidentially and experientially informed, before applying any speculative knowledge or informed intuition.
Coach dials the environment.
Minimum effective dose.
Economy of words. Simplify the message, not the goal. Communicate context.
When assessing ‘readiness’ using bio-feedback, I find the greater value in looking for trends over time, as opposed to banking on daily changes.
Adapt. The best Coaches I know, are adaptable and integrative. With knowledge, ways of knowing, application etc.
To have ‘forgotten more stuff than most people learn,’ to my mind is profound in its simplicity and precision of fact, when it comes to continued professional development, at least in this field. I think that if we can say this of ourselves after so much given to mastering the craft, and having discarded much of what we’ve painstakingly acquired over many years, through obsessive distillation, it’s really the best we can hope for.
I am immensely grateful for the reminder of the fairer side of human nature that I am fortunate to witness, that emerges from the stress of such betterment endeavours. To wilfully undergo the very necessary contribution of regimented discomfort to attain a desired training effect, requires humility. A healthy value opinion of self-improvement. Choice. These are typically high worth individuals.
They can usually do the least, who want to work the most, or the hardest. The trick is to temper this enthusiasm. Without being discouraging, but realistic.
That, which repressed in the day-to-day of living, finds often the outlet hour of need, in the session, – long-term programming benefits aside. Employ always best practice first, and where possible have fun. Take your work seriously, but never take yourself too seriously.
To be expanded upon.