Sunday 10th June 2018 has not only seen the Leogang Downhill World Cup come and go for another year but has also seen the end of Coaching Week in the UK.
Health Education England state that ‘Coaching is the art of facilitating the development, learning and performance of another’ and coaches play a vital part in achieving elite performance. I’ve posted before on Mentors, but coaching is different. The role of a mentor is to support development through experience and knowledge of a subject/skill. In the case of coaches, they don’t need to necessarily know anything about the subject/skill they’re coaching in. Their role is to challenge, empower and support people to improve.
I posted in Goblins and Gremlins about how mindsets and unhelpful beliefs can impede performance and this is where coaches come in. They’re there to challenge misconceptions, support in the development and achievement of goals and ultimately help another be the best they can be.
The thing about coaching is that helping others can be just as powerful in your own development as it is in their development. I highlighted this point recently in Aaron Gwin on how Caring Wins Races.
Do you need a coach or know someone who does?
If you’re going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.