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Success with Stamina - The How - 1

January 3, 2018

The philosophy behind how I work is arguably more important that what is done. To some this might be a strange statement. This is not to say that what is done is not important it is however, how we go about what we do that has a big effect on the quality of what is done. The better we do what we do, the better the outcome we can achieve.

 

The next few blogs will look at five key characteristics that I believe help develop not only a strong coach-athlete relationship but also contribute heavily to a strong performance in your chosen events. They are shown by me in the way that I work and the more you are able to show them in your attitude the better we are likely to be working together. here are the first two.

 

Commitment

 

What is it?

Commitment is a strong word, most of these 5 key qualities are, for me it is that ability to agree with those around you that ‘this is what I will do’ and then stick to it, without distraction or losing focus for as long as it may take. 

 

How is it shown?

All of these characteristics of my philosophy are not just words but are also easily shown in behaviours, in fact behaviours are often the best way of showing these characteristics as some may say, words are cheap! Commitment is often show by some of the following; sticking to the training plan where appropriate (I accept that not there are times when this is not possible), keeping appointments and being present (mentally not just physically) when doing the training are all easy examples that show you are committed to the goal you have set yourself.

 

What makes it important to me?

If you are going to do something then do it well. By committing to your goals, being willing to work with me (and others where necessary) and displaying the behaviours described above, I will also commit to you and your goals. Then using the best of my knowledge and experience we can work together to achieve your goals.

 

Team work

 

What is it?

Quite simply, employing and working with a coach means performance becomes the responsibility of both the athlete and the coach.  Working towards an agreed goal with agreed methods and timing.

 

How is it shown?

 

Regular communication is key. Initially the way forward may be subject to a difference of opinions, this is no bad thing. Putting a variety of options on the table is always a good place to start then together each option can be openly discussed and with the knowledge and experience of the both the coach and the athlete the favoured course of action is chosen and together we move forward.

 

What makes it important to me?

Coaching is a two-way process. While ultimately the athlete is in charge of their own performance during the race the request for input into training and racing strategy means the coach also takes responsibility for their part of the process.  Together the journey is not only more fun but also more productive.

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