Focus on the things you want to see. If you tell your penalty taker to “not miss” what are they thinking of? Keep your sight on the target you want to hit, and act accordingly. Focus on what you want to see, not what you want to stop.
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What are your goals? Is your focus simply to win games? Are you looking for immediate success or long-term success? What will players say in the years to come? We won some trophies? Is that the goal, or would you rather they remember you for the lessons you taught them about winning, losing, hard work, dedication, team work, and the groundwork that goes into winning?
Coaches will make mistakes. It will always happen but we can limit the ongoing impact of those mistakes and it is better to lose a few games while developing players than win games without growth or integrity, which we will talk about later in this series.
The third and final approach we will look at this week comes from down under. We looked at Iceland‘s island mentality of never leaving the 18 yard box, and then Switzerland who aren’t really that much of an underdog but quietly go about their business. Today we’ll look at Australia. Australia opened their World Cup…
Switzerland had to deal with some very low standards of integrity from Brazil and it would have been easy to get frustrated, but they didn’t. They stuck at their task, worked hard, and matched Brazil in possession and control of the game. The did a great job of fighting and keeping up with a superior, but not dominant team. Well done, Switzerland.
The end doesn’t always justify the means. Allowing your competition to beat you up and claiming a good result because you didn’t suffer any broken bones isn’t a solid strategy for long-term success.
I used to live in Texas, and one time while out hiking with my wife we had our route blocked by this spider, it was about the size of child’s hand. I am no arachnologist but I think it was a black and yellow argiope (like the one in the picture). You can’t really tell…
It’s a rough world, and sometimes we just need to see an underdog, or an under-raccoon, get a win. Watching a tiny animal take on and beat a skycraper is a definite win for the world, and one that we all need to see from time to time.
Whales are highly social creatures who stick together in families. Like humans, they also experience depression when they are void of hope and have lost their purpose. The more I looked at this, I found that the life of a whale in captivity seemed to be highly relevant to the human state. When life is a monotonous task with nothing to hope for, nothing to work towards, and no purpose, what else can we expect to happen?
I have had to sit through a lot of trainings, speeches, presentations, and all manner of nonsense in my time. There are a few, like Alan Duncan (if you need any corporate training happening, this is your guy) who keep things engaging and useful. There are others who, well, aren’t quite so engaging. Anyway, one…