Over the last two months, I traded in weekly newsletters for admissions essays so I am both relieved and excited to be back. There is a lot I am excited to share about in the coming weeks and months, namely the national conference for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology that I was able to attend, I also want to tailor posts to what is interesting and helpful to you. I speak with a handful of coaches often and reflect on my own experience to write what I hope is impactful to each of you. In addition to that, I want to open up a space that allows you to give feedback on what is important and relevant to your own performance as a coach as well as your team’s performance.
My goal for this week’s newsletter is two-fold:
Offer a space for feedback so that I can best tailor my content for you.
Do so by introducing a feedback tool that is beneficial for you.
So in this week’s 3 Points, I will introduce a helpful feedback tool and ask you for feedback.
1. Stop, stop, sustain. This idea was introduced to me by the former head of mental performance for the Toronto Blue Jays, Ben Freakly. Quite simply, it asks 3 questions: What do we need to start doing? What do we need to stop doing? What do we need to sustain?
2. Having a simple framework for creating and delivering feedback can be very helpful. During a media timeout or halftime being able to deliver concise feedback in a palatable framework can be the difference between successfully adapting or good information going in one ear and out the other.
3. Try this out on yourself and if comfortable, share what you’ve learned.
What is something you as a coach/performer or your team need to start doing?
What is something you as a coach/performer or your team need to stop doing?
What is something you as a coach/performer or your team need to sustain?
+ What topics would you like to learn more about?
Please feel free to comment with some thoughts, reply via email, or I have also opened up a chat thread for those that use the Substack app. Again, this is helpful for me to deliver what you all are wanting. Thanks!
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Brian! Glad you're back my friend. I'd love to hear how you and other coaches have managed the transition from player -> coach. Specifically, what're the fundamental mindset shifts that can help you figure out where to add value? How do coaches think about their "craft" differently than players, especially in an environment where your efforts don't always immediately translate to positive or negative results? Would love your thoughts + frameworks.
Well, I'm kinda cheating by reading your articles, Brian, cuz I'm not an athlete. But I find each article extremely useful cuz about performance in work and in life challenges across the board. So I guess m only feedback is that you shouldn't hesitate to broaden out your discussions about athletic performance to work and life / human performance in general.