Performance Is A Behavior, Not An Outcome

coaches parents players Jul 31, 2023

Focus on behavior. Do not overlook this hugely important issue.

Remind your players regularly that performance is a behavior (the process), not an outcome (the result). This concept comes from Mark Bennett at PDS Coaching.

You often can’t control the outcome (there is a huge element of luck or chance involved in every game and that is out of your control) but you CAN control behavior and that should be your focus as a coach.

Encourage your players to have a mindset of being consistent with their behavior (attitude, focus, effort) and that will give them the best chance of improving and having things go well as a collective group.

Place a big emphasis on players having the right attitude.

A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you can't go anywhere until you change it. If a player shows a poor attitude in training, remind them how much this is going to hold them back, not only in sport but in life. A positive attitude will have the opposite effect; it will help them get to where they want to go.

Encourage your players to be hard to play against but easy to play with. They should be a dream teammate but a nightmare for opponents!


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