Oprah once said “do not think you can be brave with your life and your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn't work that way." That changed how I work, play, and approach life forever.
What’s your favourite quote, and why?
TW: mental health/suicide
“Priming” is an umbrella term for “raising hormone levels, activating the central nervous system, warming up the muscular system, and generally waking up the body within 24 hours of performance” (in its most simple definition).
Development is actually not at all about the seminars, the schooling, the amount of alphabet soup on the back of your name when you send an email. It’s not about the number of years you’ve coached, at which level, and which CEUs you last took. It’s how we communicate with athletes, work to earn their trust, adapt to their needs, and care about them.
Higher MSS and bigger ASRs save energy and buy tempo. Conditioning is vital, but the team who can run moderately fast for 90’ will get absolutely annihilated by a team who can keep a submaximal sprint for 90’. Every time. It’s speed science!
If we can look at failure as “that old thing didn’t work, so now it’s died off. Let’s invent something new”, I think we would have an easier time dealing with it and letting it go again.
Recovery as not as hard as you make it out to be.
It’s also not as expensive.
It’s also not as time-consuming.
It also don’t require as much thought, equipment, or focus as we see on social media.
The basics always work.
When in doubt, work backward instead of looking for more.
Consider what is missing from your recovery instead of what you can add to it.
Unfortunately, mental illness does not discriminate between athletes and non-athletes; it comes as it wills and sometimes overstays its welcome. Athletes deserve better than the shame we put on them around mental health struggles. They deserve the same care and acceptance we do. I truly believe sports can heal the world, but we have to make sure our athletes are healthy before it can really altruistically change us.
I am immensely grateful for what 2017-2018 has taught me and for the lessons I learned while having to tear literally everything in my life down.
But, in all honesty, I am so ready for it to be over and to continue building White Lion, my passions, my values, and my purpose into 2019.
As I look back, some of the past year is really funny, and some of it still can’t be laughed at.
In a mix of both, here are some of the lessons I’ve learned in 2018:
Several months ago, I was asked to contribute to an amazing project by my friends and colleagues at Convos With Coaches called “Dear Her”; they planned to assemble and publish a series of letters from female strength coaches and distribute it to young athletes. A brilliant idea, I thought.
The topics were general; mindset, goal-setting, performance, work ethic, and more. They were all things that we address daily while coaching or consulting with athletes, with the overarching theme being “the journey to Greatness”.