Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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WHAT IS THIS 'IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT' - BULLSHIT?

Many of us, as professional coaches, or even as athletes ourselves, can at times find ourselves gently sliding into the rut of daily routine and habit. People, as a rule, gravitate toward habit; we like to get up at the same time, we like to drive the same routes; we like to eat the foods we ate yesterday, etc. The reasons for this are many, but the most powerful reason is this: it worked yesterday (meaning that it didn’t kill us) so we should repeat it today. This ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ attitude though, is perhaps the single most powerful inhibiter to growth, development and future discovery.
Now, in the competitive arena (read: marketplace/competition) if no-one ever developed any new ideas, or made any improvements to the way they did things, then it may not matter too much if we adopted the same approach (ie: change nothing) – but the fact is that there are always people leading the way toward new ideas and new ways of doing things. In the competitive market-place, it is not only important to ‘Keep up with the Jones’s’, but if we really want to make a difference we need to leave the Jones’s in our wake.
Professional coaches and athletes should have a large part of their attention focussed on outcomes. As professional athletes and coaches we should want results (and extraordinary results at that) simply because people are paying us for exactly that – this goes to obligation! From a professional coaches perspective, it is important to understand that people are trading their precious time; time which they cannot get back; to listen to and learn from us – we are OBLIGATED to provide excellent instruction. To settle quietly into a routine that just sees us GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS - is the first step on the path to mediocrity. Is that who we really are?
JBW

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

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