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.
What are your goals? Is your focus simply to win games? Are you looking for immediate success or long-term success? What will players say in the years to come? We won some trophies? Is that the goal, or would you rather they remember you for the lessons you taught them about winning, losing, hard work, dedication, team work, and the groundwork that goes into winning?
Coaches will make mistakes. It will always happen but we can limit the ongoing impact of those mistakes and it is better to lose a few games while developing players than win games without growth or integrity, which we will talk about later in this series.
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.
Let’s be honest, we all love an underdog story (as long as it’s not our team that’s the giant being slayed). This week we will be looking at three approaches for how an underdog can get a result, and we’ll look at which is most effective long-term and whether the results justify the means. Iceland…
“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.
As Pep said, “The only way I know is, knowing when you are resting they are preparing better, to beat us. So we have to prepare more.” Improving performance is always the goal, which is good because the one thing we can control in life is our own performance.