Daily in my coaching environment I get the yes Dad. That look of yeah I’m not gunna do that mate. You’re dreamin’.
So I keep saying shit to athletes – things they should be doing but aren’t. Eating better, sleeping more, doing the work, writing post session comments in their diary.
Why aren’t they doing it ? Because they aren’t seeing the reason I’m asking for those things.
When Mum or Dad told you to make your bed, clean the room, go have a shower before dinner ? …. yeah nah.
Thought so. Usually because we didn’t get why we should do it. We didn’t get that the daily disciplines are what add up to a valuable and meaningful life. We didn’t seem to make a connection between having a nice tidy room, and not smelling from the lack of showering, with success in life.
We thought that having an unmade bed or a tidy room had no effect on things. We didn’t see that the daily disciplines was merely designed to develop you as a person. So that when and if you had a home of your own you’d know that keeping it nice said a lot about you and your family and that would rub off in everything you did.
Basically we were in an outcome mentality rather than a process one. We didn’t see what making your bed did for us in terms of outcome. After all – nobody came into our rooms did they.
High performing athletes understand that the athlete equivalent of making your bed or tidying your room is eating well, sleeping 7 hours a day, warming up, cooling down, writing up the training diary. It’s saying how much doing the little things means to us. It’s trusting that having that mindset will rub off on everything we do.
This is something that coaches see everywhere around the world in developing athletes at camps. The high performers are the ones that seem to be able to get their homework done on time, their gear is always in good condition, their bikes are always clean, they always shower straight after a session. They both look composed and are composed. It’s not a coincidence ! It’s simply a matter of them placing importance on process when there doesn’t seem to be an immediate positive outcome from it.
Process might not seem like it has an immediate impact but it does.