Coaching – The Ability to Adapt

There are two things that I really enjoy doing in regards to my business life. Coaching, and studying training stuff. To be frank, I do not like all the other stuff that goes on with running a business. Unfortunately for me, that stuff is obviously important.

In regards to coaching, and studying, I can never get enough. It’s not just the coaching a young athlete and watching them get better at something. There are other factors like how to coach, how to see something and make a change at the spurt of the moment. It is a lot more than just going into each training session with a detailed plan.

coaching The ability to adapt is sometimes one of my strengths, and sometimes one of my weaknesses. I believe that is one of the reasons I am so intrigued with this aspect of coaching. Being able to adapt is simply about observation. A coach needs to observe and assess right at the beginning of a training session how his kids are reacting. Are they tired, unfocused, lethargic, or maybe just having a bad day? On the same hand you need to assess are they “poppin” and moving with a purpose? Do they seem exceptionally motivated? If so, boost em. If they are in that “zone” then you want to maximize that moment and challenge them as much as you can.

The ability to adapt is also necessary in regards to the particular coach. It is difficult but when I see what appears to be a lack of focus, or an inability to pay attention, what I need to be able to see is myself. Am I focused myself, patient, and communicating properly? Usually the answer lies in my inability to communicate. This is an area that I need to work and focus on every day. The other area where I find myself on days where there is a lack of focus, is on my plan. Is it too advanced for that particular group? Or maybe it’s just not the right material for that time.

coaching eliThere are bad days, or training sessions that do not live up to what you hope. But at the same time, there are great days that make you feel like everything you’re doing is right on target. Sometimes the particular exercise is just the right intensity and volume, and sometimes it just is not going to work. Do not be like me and let it eat at you throughout the night. Accept it for what it is, learn from it, and move on to the next. The ability to adapt is a lifelong learning process.

The bottom line is that coaching is an acquired skill. Just like becoming a good teacher usually takes years and years to perfect. You do not master it in a year or two, and may never master it as it is something that you can always learn from. Whether it is coaching, teaching, or just everyday life we need to be able to adapt as quickly and efficiently as possible. Sometimes you just need to ask yourself, what is your purpose for this particular training session? Then simply adjust to fulfill that purpose. It is always good to have a plan, but having a good plan means having to scratch the original or make adjustments if necessary. I have a feeling in 10 years I will be writing that I am still working on this ability as a coach.

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