Key Takeaways:

  • It’s All Risk
  • Details or Clutter

Took a couple more days to finish this book by the end of the week. Cover to cover this 210-page book was completed in less than 3 days sitting down to read it.

The second half of the book took on more of an inspirational tone with embracing risk and absolving failure. Losses come with the territory for coaches, understandably negative in connotation, yet inevitable as a result of competition. From a variety of angles, losses are opportunities to improve perspective.

  • Failed to secure the job
    • Gained interviewing experience
  • Failed to win down the stretch
    • Gained stronger awareness for pressure situations
  • Failed to have sense of team chemistry
    • Gained understanding for the value of connectivity

You try things and you make things with the awareness that you are always taking risks. Whether you are trying something new or doing the exact same thing, it’s all risky.

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With or without effort, author Rob Bell explains there is risk involved. If you put yourself out there to pursue a head coaching opportunity for the first time; the risk is being exposed for inexperience to land the job during the interview process. On the flip side, not even sending in an application can put you at risk of not elevating in the industry. So, whether you chase your dreams or feel content with where things are risk will still exist.

Details or Clutter

How many times in a given season, or practice do you reference to the team, “Attention to detail”?

When we say it, what are we inferring?

An example for many might be a player failing to recognize a ‘Shooter vs Driver’ during the game from the scouting report. Or suggesting to the team to recognize time, score, and situation. Those are important details to register while competing. In either of those examples there is likely more details involved that may or may not contribute to effective decision-making in the midst of the game. Outside of being a ‘Shooter or Driver,’ does the on-ball defender need to know which hand the offensive player prefers to go? What about tendencies: pump-fake, dead pivot, or go-to-move? Throw in some analytics and kids heads start to spin.

Information overload can overshadow the details that matter most. And if there is ever a miscommunication or mismanagement of an abundance of information, this eventually becomes clutter. How often are our scouting reports filled with clutter over the details?

That is some times a challenge with content creation. Our objective is to limit the recycling of conversation that bares little true value contributed to any coach. For example, our #BookClub aims to promote being a lifelong learner and supply details – “Key Takeaways” – that could help us improve as coaches. Consider now, how many clinics do we watch on YouTube before it becomes clutter? Do you really need another packet of set plays or quick-hitters? My bet is that X’s & O’s are not the most concerning components as it relates to program success.

Clutter gets in the way of details.

It’s extraordinary how even small changes in your exterior environment can deeply shape your interior life. Clean, intentional physical space can dramatically affect how calm your mind and heart rate.

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Easier said than done, but what we choose to filter in our brain can bring clarity in our actions. If we choose to perceive failure as a learning opportunity; details will reveal themselves to help us take steps forward in the right direction. However, if we latch onto the rejection or our perceived deficiencies then making a decision becomes increasingly cluttered, putting anyone at risk of stagnation.

I am guilty of this type of behavior. Allowing my insecurities to strengthen as it relates to public speaking at times, or pessimism towards future career opportunities. Paraphrasing a Chinese proverb about past, present, and future: “Live in the past is depression. Live in the future gives anxiety. Live in the moment is clear.”

Stay attentive to the details that matter and continue to remove clutter. In the end, we are all taking a risk and depending how you look at the details in the moment; we will move forward in the right direction.

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