One of the most commonly used expressions around the world is “how long is a piece of string?”. People use this phrase when they want to illustrate a point about a question that ostensibly has no answer. Yet, there is an answer to this question – it is just too obvious for most people to see. Coaches often go looking for complicated answers to questions or want someone else to provide them with the answers for free – instantly. This article discusses the “piece of string” concept in sports coaching and presents a case that for all sports coaches – there are no coaching secrets – the answers they seek are right in front of them.
Creativity – along with the capacity to inspire change through emotional connection is the most powerful tool a coach can possess. All coaches can learn to be creative – it’s not something you have to born with. You can learn to be creative – and by thinking, saying and doing things that are unique – that are different and by daring to be different you can achieve coaching success.
In high performance sport, there are three groups of people. One group who think they get “it” but don’t. One group who will never get “it”. And one group who really get “it”. The trick is in understanding what “it” is. This article discusses “it” and challenges sports coaches to think about whether or not they have “it” and if not how they can get “it”.