People have an inherent curiosity for learning and as we get older, unless we hold onto that inherent curiosity, the learning process fades and this is the challenge for anyone who coaches is in coaching players to learn.
You want to tap back into this inherent curiosity and kick start the learning process, regardless of the ages of the players you are working with, hence as I’m coaching players and the things that I’m working on, the question I am asking myself is how do I tap into that inherent curiosity and reignite their learning process and their passion for learning.
Curiosity Is A Superpower
So what does it mean for coaching players to Learn?
Coaching players to learn is getting them to embrace the hard work and the struggle that is the learning process.
And areas one needs to know about for coaching players to learn and expand their knowledge on are:
How the brain learns
How the brain builds skills
Motivation access points
The process of building skills
And looking into the above areas, you can delve into many different subjects to get the appropriate information you require for each area.
For example, you can learn about the behaviours of dogs, cats and horses to gain an understanding of human behaviours, for example, how do horses deal with trouble makers within their brood to bring them back to a productive member of their society.
Or look at magicians, mentalists and secret societies for understanding the power of words, for there is no subject you cannot learn off and apply it to what you do, and that is where curiosity comes from, for by building your knowledge base on multiple topics, you are making it easier to find and make connections, and that’s the true power of learning.
Coaching players to learn is an art, and it is something we’re not taught yet how to do and:
It’s only by starting from the point of, it’s me as the coach who has to provide the environment for learning to happen, that you can only get into the art of coaching players to learn