What are the fundamental pieces of coaching and why would that matter to you, an athlete?
I have said it before and I will repeat it. Coaching isn’t magic. There are no hats with rabbits in them, there are no magic sets and there is nothing but smoke and mirrors there if someone tells you otherwise.
Coaching is derived from 2 key components. Art and science.
Science is obvious and can be learned/taught to anyone who wants to learn. I don’t want to oversimplify this but it can be acquired and expanded upon, if the desire is there.
Art. Now this is where it gets a bit hairy. This is where my opinion gets a bit stronger. I believe you either have it, or you don’t. It’s that simple. From my perspective it’s like a MLB pitcher who has a lame duck curveball. He can make it through the minors but when he gets to the majors, it will be open season on his curveball.
What does that mean? Well let’s look at my definition of the “Art”. It is a personality trait and skill that you develop (or don’t) through your walk in life. It is the ability to effectively communicate, lead, motivate and have empathy for others. So you either have it, or you don’t. It takes years to develop this, unlike the science (which is always a work in progress) where you can learn a lot in a little amount of time.
So this is the point where you ask me “What in the hell does this have to do with coaching and why should I care?”.
In the last blog post I told you to interview the potential coaches. This is a key part of that process. Understanding what the 2 key tools are for a coach will help you identify the best candidates that you would like to consider further for a coach.
Seem harder than it should be/ Remember, YOU are looking for someone to entrust with your dreams and goals. It should be taken seriously if you are serious about your goals!
In the next blog I will cover what YOU need to know to select the right coach for you!
Thank you for reading!
- Coach Jeremy