Doing what you can, saying less, binary arguments and direction

sent by Nick Grantham | 6th July 2021

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

Arthur Ashe

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When I get a new job with a better team, I'll be able to implement my plans. When I finally get a new gym, I'll get my athletes in great shape. If I had a couple of interns, I could run a much better support programme. Any of these sound familiar? You can sit and be one of those people that's always waiting for the situation to perfect, or you can get cracking and make the very best of your current position.

Source: Arthur Ashe

"Never miss a good chance to shut up."

Will Rogers

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One of the greatest coaching skills to have is recognising when to keep your powder dry. Your job isn't to jump in at every opportunity and provide a bunch of feedback. Next time you're working with an athlete or team, try to say less. Embrace the silence. If you need to provide feedback, figure out what you would typically say and cut it by 50% but try to say the same things!

Source: Will Rogers

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."

Frederich Nietzsche

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This is a point that most keyboard warriors on social media miss. They love a binary argument that amounts to little more than a 'my dad is bigger than your dad' argument. Stop arguing over who's programme is the best. Stop fighting about which exercise is better than another. The sooner you understand that there are many solutions to the same problems, the better.

Source: Frederich Nietzsche

"Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast."


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Many of my friends and colleagues are in significant roles, enjoying success with athletes and teams at the highest level of performance. None of them chased quick fixes or looked for the fast track to success. Instead, they understood that success would come if they played the long game. Too many aspiring coaches are in a hurry to reach the top. Stop rushing. Fix your compass and start heading in the direction of travel at a nice steady pace. You'll get there.

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