If anyone plays any form of sport at any level, apart from striving to get better, and trying to win, one of the underlying factors of what sport is really about, it is a journey of self-discovery, in other words, one begins to find out what you are really made of and who you really are.
And this doesn’t matter is you are a player or a coach, this self-discovery is a journey which everyone embarks upon and takes whether they want to or not.
And if one is not prepared to take this journey of self-discovery, then one’s path will always be blocked and the same problems will always ensure.
One only has to look at the story of Novak Djokovic and how he went from a run of the mill tennis player to one of the best in the world.
Serve To Win – Novak Djokovic
And it was through his discovery that he had a gluten intolerance problem was one key on his path of self-discovery, that opened a door for him to begin to achieve.
And the interesting thing being it was a doctor watching one of his matches on TV thousands of miles away, that recognised the symptoms he was suffering, that helped to uncover what was going on.
And sport by its very nature, creates the conditions for self-discovery, though not everyone is willing to take this journey and where a coach comes in, is that they can enhance an environment by creating a learning environment and activating the players ability for self-education.
The traditional role of a coach of only teaching the players the skills, techniques and tactics of a sport are long gone, because without creating a learning environment which enhances the conditions for the players to take a journey of self-discovery, a coach will not last very long, because the players are on a journey of self-discovery, whether they realise it or not, and its those that embrace this aspect of sport who are the one who will truly get the best out of themselves.
Coaching is about creating a journey of self-discovery for the players