Don't Tell me how Rough the Seas are....Just Bring the Ship in! Providing Feedback is not Excuse making .
As a developing athlete being coachable didn't come naturally for me. If I didn't do something correctly , often times an excuse would be the first thing out of my mouth. Our head coach loved the saying " Don't tell me how rough the seas are, just bring the ship in!" . What he was telling us was , either we got it done or we didn't. It did not matter why we didn't make the play , it just mattered that we didn't . The coaches job was to figure out what went wrong, it was our job to listen to the coach on how to correct it . This concept was so ingrained in me that I became a sponge for feedback. If I didn't get something right , I wanted to know how to improve, then I would take steps to fix whatever I was missing. I had started to develop a growth mindset.
A Growth Mindset: Individuals who believe their talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and input from others .
So what the heck does this have to do with Weightlifting? Coachability is the number 1 trait you need to be successful in the sport of Weightlifting . There are a lot of super talented athletes out there but the ones that truly succeed are those who embrace coaching and feedback in order to continue to evolve and grow as an athlete.
One of the quickest ways to stop your development as a lifter, is to start finding excuses for why you "can't" do the things you're being coached to do. But what happens when there are legitimate reasons that you can't perform the task being asked of you? How do you know when you are just making an excuse or providing beneficial feedback that your coach needs in order to get you to your end goal of lifting better?
Excuses: Nearly all of these problems come down to not being coachable . Typically most of the athletes we have run into do not have to be encouraged to work harder. For the most part they need to be told to pull it back and focus more on good movement ,rest, and recovery.
Your coaches job is to make you the best weightlifter you can be. You can help them do this by providing proper feedback , being coachable, and finding a way instead of finding an excuse.
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