It was our third race against this team.
And it was the third time we had lost.
The races were close, but we just couldn’t push through at the end.
The temptation to “do what that other coach was doing” was great.
How else were we going to beat them?
“Same” is not a friend
Do you coach the SAME way as everyone else?
Run the same drills? Direct the same workouts? Design the same plays?
Same won’t get you to a better coach
For me, to do the same thing as that other coach would not have been a wise choice.
But I did have to make changes. When we do the same thing, we get the same results.
In coaching, different often leads to improvement.
Same doesn’t get us to better. Does NOT help us improve.
Yet, doing different-than-same is hard. There are plenty of reasons why it won’t happen:
- You don’t have enough time
- You’re short on resources
- You’ve run out of patience
- You don’t have a plan
Of course, there are tons of other reasons too.
A plan to beat same
You can move past same, with a plan. Maybe this will inspire:
- Define: Where do you need to improve. It is winning? Recruiting? Retention?
- Drill down: Take one area. Drill down. Find the small components. What metric(s) are you using?
- Dedicate: Get smart in that one area.
- Differentiate: Now try different things. Gradual and small. It’s exactly what David Brailsford did.
- Document: What worked? What didn’t? Record for your future reference
You are expected to do the same as everyone else in such situations as safety, where there’s an accepted standard that works.
But in other areas, same might be holding you back.