It dawned on me recently that, while many people know of me, not many know exactly what I do with regards to my style of coaching. This is, of course, totally my fault, so this article will give you a primer on what I am all about.
What is Sport Psych?
Although the fitness industry has been inundated lately with a rash of “mindset” experts, there is actually a rational and science behind the application of Sport Psych principles. This is not “woo”, or “voodoo”, but rather a systematic intervention that focuses on multiple areas related to performance. Sport Psych skills include the following:
- Effective Goal Setting
- Eliminating Negative Self-Talk
- Boosting Self-Efficacy (task-specific confidence)
- Fostering Mastery Climates
- Energy Managment
As mentioned earlier, this isn’t magic, or esoteric nonsense based on laws of attraction, but rather evidence based techniques that have been proven, in the literature and in the field, to enhance performance, motivation, adherance, and – ultimately – enjoyment.
In addition to the above, Sport Psych also focuses on self-awareness, performance planning, practice planning, and contingency planning,
What is My Coaching Style and Philosophy?
Based on my military experience as a Navy Chief Petty Officer, people tend to make assumptions that I take a hard-line, “Drill Sergeant” approach to my coaching. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although mainstream media and the movies like to romanticise the Boot Cam aspects of the military, actual day to day leadership tasks in the military are highly centered on developing personnel to be leaders in their own right. Rather than applying extrinsic motivators to “drive” a person, my coaching style focuses on education and growth of the athlete/client.
This means autonomy.
This means that I am not telling you what to do, but rather guiding you on a journey of self-discovery and travelling with you. As a team.
If this sounds “touchy-feely”, well, frankly, it can be.
One of the most critical components to success, whether it be a specific race performance, or weight loss and general fitness, is to have concrete goals set up as a guide. General Sport Psych interventions can do an excellent job of developing a “process” for you, which focuses on small, actionable goals that you have control over. However, one of the most neglected components of goal setting is encouraging a person to explore their “why”: that is, their reason behind doing something.
And rightfully so – to get a person to explore this type of thinking require a coach/athlete relationship rooted in trust. It requires investment from both parties.
Even more critical: the “who”.
Even with a “why” that is sound, nobody will see a lofty goal through to its completion if it isn’t aligned with their values. If the reason why you want to achieve something isn’t in complete congruency with who you are, it will make the goal that much easier to abandon when the going gets tough.
By the way, working with someone to find their “who” takes even more trust and investment than the “why”.
It requires diligence and commitment. It requires a coach that cares.
This is exactly what you get with my integrated services.