A coach should be judged on their long-term performance, not just results. Manchester United recently won the U18 title, but their U23 team was relegated. There are many U23 players on loan at other teams or even in the Manchester United first team. When the U18s are the best, and the U23s are developed and playing at higher levels, this is what success in coaching looks like.
Focus on the things you want to see. If you tell your penalty taker to “not miss” what are they thinking of? Keep your sight on the target you want to hit, and act accordingly. Focus on what you want to see, not what you want to stop.
The third and final approach we will look at this week comes from down under. We looked at Iceland‘s island mentality of never leaving the 18 yard box, and then Switzerland who aren’t really that much of an underdog but quietly go about their business. Today we’ll look at Australia. Australia opened their World Cup…
Switzerland had to deal with some very low standards of integrity from Brazil and it would have been easy to get frustrated, but they didn’t. They stuck at their task, worked hard, and matched Brazil in possession and control of the game. The did a great job of fighting and keeping up with a superior, but not dominant team. Well done, Switzerland.
“Winning isn’t everything, but neither is losing.” There is a great deal that can be taken from this, but the main point is that our focus should be on what we are capable of, and we can often learn more and grow more from a loss than a win. If we continue to improve, work hard, and make our best better, we will eventually be unbeatable, and there will be a lot of winning along the way.
If we keep our focus only on the thing we can see, we lose our ability to view a bigger picture. If we use our results against others as the measure of our performance, we could easily think we are better than we are. The phrase “Winning isn’t everything” is just as important to remember for those who win as it is for those who lose.
I once worked with a great team of people, and a few of us were a little over our ideal weight, so we decided to have a challenge. We agreed we would all lose a set amount of weight within a certain time frame. We all made it (well, one guy may not have, but…
Unless you are in a sport such as boxing where there is a long time to prepare for a specific opponent (which even then they could have a different game plan to expected), it is difficult to prepare for every nuance. Rewarding achievement recognizes the result, but it is important to focus on the work it took to achieve the result, and in that context, a participation award may have value.
Winning should never be the goal, winning is only a measuring stick for performance. If we focus on the performance, we will see the results improve.
For some people, and especially younger players, there is more joy to be had just by being a part of something and being involved in something new than there is in the result.