My friend Nathan and I filled in tonight for our kids’ Futsal soccer practice due to both coaches being away on business. I haven’t coached in some time, and found that “watching” plenty of practices is much different that actually “coaching” the practices!
Most of us go into each work day with a plan, right? Task list, tackling the heavy lifting first off, setting the tone for a productive day. For me, I need to have an outline for the day to keep straight, because my mind is always curious, and I need tools to stay focused. At times though, you have to learn just by doing. That’s challenging, because you can make mistakes. But without doing so, how do you continue to learn?
I found out last night that when you’re not used to running a practice, the immediacy of the moment can create some chaos. 8 ten-year old girls, two Futsal balls and a full basketball court – what to do?
We decided to let them play. We also did our best to actually keep our mouths shut for the most part. And you know what? The girls figured out some things on their own by “playing” Futsal, without a lot of interference from Nathan and me. Field awareness, passing lanes, foot skills and moves, the girls figured some tactics out for themselves.
I learned something valuable, and that’s to stay out of the way more. Much like work, where we may over-think issues instead of going with what feels “right”. The aspect of “play” can make a huge impact on everything we do.
Fundamentals in football or business are essential, there’s no debating that. It’s what comes after that development process – execution of tactics, reaching that goal you’ve set that is important. Getting there requires the confidence in your abilities to allow your process to flow.
What do you think? Comments are welcome!