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A business person would say ‘time is money.’So what does a coach say? 'Time is medals?'If time is money, or time is medals, how are you using yours? Is the time you are spending with your athletes valuable?Let’s use a business analogy to help my intended message;If you wanted to start a business, and you had a full team of investors to support you, you would have an advantage over an individual without much capital.If you have a ‘talented' athlete to train, you have an advantage over a coach with a less ‘talented’ athlete.
YOU HAVE AN ADVANTAGE, BUT ADVANTAGES DON’T ALWAYS CORRELATE WITH SUCCESS AND WINNING.
In any realm (business, coaching etc.) productivity will always trump activity. 'Talented' athletes and coaches who train unproductively are no match for an optimised training program and an athlete with a furious work ethic, even if the athlete themselves isn’t as ‘talented.’Productive training means making great use of time to get closer towards goals.Therefore being ‘busy', and being ‘productive' are two different things.'A rocking chair keeps moving but doesn’t make progress.’The simple formula is this:
Time + Beneficial Activity = Progress
It sounds like common sense but it’s not common practice, as what we often see is this …
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Great post Nick. I often make the point that time is the limiting factor - many things will improve you, but if you have limited time then you need to be as efficient as humanly possible. This post takes it another step.I particularly like the mention of fun. Fundamentals and physical development aren't fun to coach (for most). I was once in a gym where a squad was doing physical training under the supervision of a junior coach. I asked the squad's head coach if they were doing the exercises as they were supposed to (in my opinion they were not). The coach said, "oh, no, but that's what they always do." I couldn't help but think the standards on physical conditioning were different to technical development, because they weren't as much fun.
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