Chopping carrots is a lot like coaching soccer.
I’ve been a long-time fan of the writing of Edward Espe Brown, also the documentary that portrayed his work at Tassajara’s kitchen. He sometimes offers a class there that I was checking on just now (looks like they aren’t offering it). But I did come across this article and it made me think about Positive Coaching. I often think about how I have this PCA training, and I know the power of positive coaching, the emotional gas tank and the magic ratio. But despite all this knowing I often go out and criticize and correct all throughout the practice. I have a player with ADHD and I have yelled at him to pay attention, for example. Then I ask myself why this is.
“If you want to see virtue, you’ll have to have a calm mind.”
If I want to be a positive coach, a positive person and possess a positive spirit, I have to calm my mind. Since so many of us are part-time coaches who come to training after many hours at “the day job” this creates a huge challenge. I know to get to training I work to the last minute, jump on an express bus, go home, rip my clothes off, change, jump in the car and drive like heck. Am I calm when I get there?
I don’t think I’m the only one in this situation.
As a coach, do I have a calm spirit stepping into practice? And does the awareness of this concept help me do so? I am going to try this at 5:00 pm tonight. Any advice on how to achieve it?