Friday, March 17, 2017

The process is what's most important . . .

To  Athletes and Coaches,

A short excerpt from Tom Murcko to think about when considering the task of competing and coaching daily here at TNHS -
"By default we tend to be forward-looking, goal-pursuing, results-focused. Why? Because we’re wired for a discontentment with the present and a striving for a better future. Because results are easier to measure and evaluate than processes. Because we know others judge us based on results and we tend to care too much what others think."

This was very true for me as I started coaching basketball.  I was worried about the W's and points scored.  We had good processes and systems in place too.  However, I was more concerned of winning each game.  I was worried that people would judge me by my Win-Loss record.  We couldn't possibly beat every opponent though.  So what would we do when we faced an overwhelming opponent?  One that left little chance to win no matter how we played.  Focus on the PROCESS! YES!

 It took that first season to see the whole picture and understand where we fell short. Our record  to own was 10-17.   I took time to reflect and think of what can make this a higher quality experience for our players, families and coaches.  What are the things we can focus on daily?  It's about the small things, the processes, the systems, and most importantly - the relationships we create along the way.  When all of the processes are going well, and a program has good relationships among all of the team members, the larger organization's success will certainly be apparent in a variety of ways.

Tom Murcko suggests focusing on the process because. . . 
-It eliminates the noise of external factors.
-It encourages experimentation.
-It lets you enjoy the process more.
-It puts you in control.
-It lets you enjoy and benefit more from whatever outcome does occur.
-It will give you confidence.

The tips on how to focus on the process he also suggests are -
+Don’t pursue the rewards directly, trust that they will come.
+Stop worrying about what others will think of your performance.
+Choose for yourself how to rate your performance. Rate yourself based on the effort, not the outcome.  Did I give my very best effort?
+Bring awareness to your performance, either during or immediately after it, so you can learn to identify when bad results follow good processes, and vice-versa - (We call this the reflection process at TNHS.
This short article reminds us what really matters along the journey to Achievement.  You see the full article - How to Live - HERE

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