Last week I asked each of my athletes to write a letter. They were to date it February 26, 2017, the day after our National Championships. They were to write the letter to themselves, from me, after winning the gold medal and becoming National Champions.
What would I say? What would I thank them for? What would I say was the turning point or the most important contribution they made to the team this season?
Next, they were asked to do something similar, writing from the perspective of their teammates. I asked them to imagine they posted a photo on social media, the whole team in their medals, with their trophy, smiling, crying. What would their teammates write in the comments?
Lastly, the list. Based on how they felt and what came up for them while writing the letters and comments, I asked them to make this list.
What do I need to do more of in order for this to be a reality?
What do I need to do less of in order for this to be a reality?
What do I need to change my perspective or attitude about in order for this to be a reality?
The answers for “What do I need to do more of” varied from more sleep to more focus during practice.
The answers for “What do I need to do less of” were mostly related to phone and social media usage.
The answers for “What do I need to change” had more diversity. The athletes spoke about the pressure of school and worrying about school while they are at practice. They also shared their intentions to try to see teammates in a more positive light so they could cooperate more easily.
The greatest insight for me was this.
When asked, each one of them knew exactly what they needed to do to reach their goals.
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