- How old are you?
- How much do you weigh?
- How fast can you run?
- Can you do 100 push ups?
- What are your goals, dreams, aspirations, objectives? How bad do you want to win?
- Why are you eating that? Eat this instead.
The list of questions/commands/directions is never ending. The invasiveness is quite profound.
Now hold onto that thought for a minute.
CAN LEARNING BE MINIMALLY-INVASIVE?
A recent study took place in India. Physicist Sugata Mitra traveled to extreme remote villages to test a theory about learning. In villages where formal learning had not taken place, where the children had no experience or even knowledge about computers or the internet, many never having gone to school even for one day, Mitra left a computer.
With a power source and internet connection the children were given one command. “There is information in this computer, it will be difficult. Go!”
He then returned in two months and tested the children. The results were stunning. With no training, guidance or teaching, the children learned. Not only learning on how to use the computer but learning deeply on difficult subjects. What he found over and over was that kids, working in small, unsupervised groups, learned to use computers quickly and effectively. (Reported in Abundance, by Perter Diamandis.)
Think about that one second. No teaching, no instruction, nothing invasive and an amazing amount of learning happened.
Now back to the thought you were holding, about the invasiveness of coaching.
A minimum effective dose (MED) is defined simply: the smallest dose that will produce a desired outcome.
MED is an important concept because too much of a good thing can often be a bad thing. That holds true for prescribed medications, food, and, I believe, coaching.
So with these two pieces of information facing you: (1) coaching is invasive, and (2) learning can happen with no invasion,
I present this to you to mull over … what would be the MED required for your coaching to achieve the results you want?
Might there be an advantage to you, your athletes, your sport to being minimally-invasive?