When I am trying to find a better way of doing something, I look at the best performers in the world. Who better to model after than Olympic Athletes and Coaches. They are the fastest, the strongest, the smartest, and have the drive to make it to the top.
When you look at that high level of performance, it takes more than the athlete with the talent to be the best. It takes coaches and mentors along the way. It takes the athlete and the coach to make a successful Olympic Champion.
With a certain way of thinking, you too can be a champion in your own right. Let us discuss the components and how you can use this to your advantage.
The coach is the one with the knowledge and experience. They know when to push and when to pull. They have the strategic mindset to succeed. They have to think in terms of months and years. Coach is the mentor that gives the knowledge to the athlete when they need it.
The Athlete is usually younger and less experienced. They definitely bring a great amount of knowledge and experience to the table, but they lack when compared to the seasoned coach. They think in matters of what do they need to do today in order to get what they want.
They use a checklist to take action now so they gain success. They have to focus to perform what needs to be done today in the here and now.
The Balance Between Coach and Athlete
What makes this a winning combination is that the coach provides the knowledge to the ultra high-focused athlete. Coach gives the athlete guidance. On how to think, what to eat, and what exercises they need to perform.
Every day the guidance may change so slightly, based on the long term strategy. This is the best of both worlds, a team that comes together to win. This is almost always the case when you are talking about being the best in the world at something.
Rarely does an individual get to the top without some kind of coach or mentor helping them along the way.
How This Concept Applies to You (Game of Life)
You are both the athlete and coach. The coach in you is the strategist. The athlete in you is the doer.
How can we take this team and put it to use in our own life?
The good thing about succeeding at a high level vs. being the best in the world at something: is that you don’t need to be as strategic and you don’t have to have all the knowledge and experience to get the result you want.
The Inner Game
Mentally, you can and should play both parts as coach and athlete. Choose to wear which hat when it is most advantageous for you. The “coach” in you strategizes your game plan for the future. The “coach” in you develops the next actions you should take.
Then you (the athlete) execute based on what the coach in you made. The athlete (you) takes massive action and focuses solely on the days activity. Trusting the game plan.
The Balance Of Roles
For you to succeed, you need to be the athlete most of the time. Like 90% of the time. Especially when you are first starting out. It will look different for everyone.
For example, you can do a weekly “coach” strategy session with yourself for a few hours on the weekend. Then a daily coach strategy session for 20-60 minutes.
The point is: you have to be mostly action.
You are the coach and the athlete, but you need to have outside help as well. This comes in two different forms. The coaching from the outside comes from actual coaches. People that have the knowledge to take you to the next level.
Mentors. Seek these people out.
Learn the principles they have and include them into your own “coaching” style for yourself later. You should take the best advice from all coaches and mentors and blend them into your own style.
Since the athlete (you) is all about action, the athlete from the outside is delegating action to others. By you delegating action to others, you free yourself to focus on other things. These other things can be to strategize on a higher level. It is most likely to be you taking action on a higher level as well.
Mastery Of Collaboration
As you reach higher levels, you’ll need to master the art of meshing all these “coaches” and “athletes” together. Blending them to form a machine of greatness. What you were intended to be.
It’s All On You
The only thing stopping you, is you. What level you want to play is all on you. You decide. Whatever level you decide, this mindset will take you to where you want to go. It is a recipe for success.
Decide what you want to accomplish. Let the coach in you develop the strategy. Let the athlete in you take the action. Seek outside help. Be great. Repeat.
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