There's a word I tend to use a lot when working with people, no matter what the setting is: it's ownership. Grasping firmly and with conviction who you are and what you want is essential in any forum, but with coaches and athletes it's an area often not clearly defined and articulated. In my book Mindful Team Making, I talk about this a lot, and its impact on your performance results. If you're a coach, discovering as much as you can about who your athletes are and what makes them tick will ensure you are mindful about how you inspire and motivate them. What is meaningful and motivating for one person may not have the same power over another. If you are an observer, as I am, there are a million different clues that lead you to a picture of your athlete that helps you choose your approach to him/her. Being selective like this requires much mental discipline and means that you cannot rely on just one tool to get the job done. But the Coach who is willing to add to the toolkit will see big payoff in results!
Same advice about ownership applies to athletes. What do you have to offer your team in your current situation? What is missing from the team, and how can you contribute to its success? This is not the time for false modesty, nor huge egos. It's a delicate balance between knowing your own added value, and being humble about the need for the rest of the team and the coaching staff. No-one can go it alone!
And finally, speaking of ownership, I would love it if readers of this blog started suggesting topics you'd like addressed in the coming blogs! Add your comments about this one below, and suggest what you'd like to hear about next! OWNERSHIP