Practice is what they do to get better so when they meet their teams or get into the environment where we can apply new tricks they are ready to go. And there, in a nutshell is the differentiating factor – practice improves the individual, rehearsal improves the group.
If there is something you can work on, practice it and then take it to rehearsal to see how it can work to improve the team or group. Don’t wait until a skill is needed, bring the solution before the problem arises. The worst case scenario is that you improve yourself, and that is never a bad thing.
The reality is that unless something occurs to change us, we will continue to do what we have always done. If we have always lived in poverty, sudden riches will not change the poverty mindset, and we will soon find ourselves back there.
You don’t have to be a clone to fit in. You can still have the areas in common you share with your friends while holding on to your values. The moment you lower your standards and integrity is the moment you begin to disappoint yourself and lose self-esteem.
Unless I change my habits and lifestyle a magic wand won’t help. If I were to change my habits and lifestyle, I don’t need a magic wand because I’ll have the results I am looking for.
I remember a phrase my grandparents used to use when I messed something up “More haste, less speed.” Basically, the more you rush to get something done, the more likely you are to mess it up.
Does development in a team sport always have to be about the game, or can we also help our kids develop by encouraging them to help develop others? I think we can do more than teach sport and I think the burden on coaches is to win through developing character, integrity, teamwork, effort, and attitude – not focusing on how to win games.
If we don’t teach our kids to put in the hard work to win, and we allow the easy route of cheating, they will never know the feeling of working hard to achieve something. They will never feel the pride of accomplishing something. The will know what it feels like to win, but they will never know what it feels like to be a winner.
A coach has the ability to make a player feel great about what they have done, whether the team won or lost. Coaches have the ability to give players memories that will stay with them a lifetime, reinforcing hard work and effort, and reducing pain from things a player cannot control. The key is really to decide what the coach wants to focus on, because they have the ability to shape the identity of a kid at crucial stages of development.