I sometimes come across coaches who feel they are the TILT level with learning.
They are out there, ingesting large amounts of information, hitting the streets running with it and then heading out for more. They then come to me and say, “Jairek, I literally feel like I can’t learn anymore. I can’t take in one more piece of information! I’m done!”
Keeping up with all the latest research, studies and theories is part of what great coaches do. We have to keep adding to our knowledge base for current and potential future clients. However, there is a step between knowledge and action.
It’s a CRUCIAL step to not only becoming a great coach, but to learning in general!
Some call it reflection, I like to call it stop and taking stock of what you have. You have to stop and take a moment to absorb this new information so that it’s more than just information you can regurgitate at a moments notice, it’s part of who you are and you can practice what you preach.
According to Mind in Motion:
“Reflection is at the heart of the learning process. It is a necessary component in learning to
regulate one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. Reflection links experience and knowledge by
providing an opportunity to explore areas of concern in a critical way and to make adjustments
based on these reflections. This exploration enhances learning and promotes coaches’ abilities to
identify and respond to cues within the environment.”
This doesn’t only apply to information you get but also information you share, and how you share it. We hear it from our top athletes that they watch themselves before and after each game to see where there are areas of improvement. We do the same in coaching. If you feel that at any moment you aren’t engaging your audience, check the tapes! With your clients’ permission, record your sessions so that you can see where there may be gaps in your coaching or areas of improvement.
The article also goes on to say:
“Research suggests that expert coaches engage in both kinds of reflection on a regular basis and
that reflective practice plays an important role in their development as experts (Gilbert & Trudel,
2001). Learning to reflect, whether it is during or after an activity, is a skill that involves several
steps. Understanding the reflective process can help coaches make refinements and incorporate
strategies at each stage. The following are the key elements of reflective practice.”
Check out the full Mind in Motion Article here:
To your success,