Have you ever gone to a training session (a workshop, clinic, etc) and learned some great stuff, but failed to develop the intended skill? I'm sure many can relate.
Training is meant to be transformational. It should help people acquire skills. On the flip side, it's a waste of time. Unfortunately, many training sessions are probably somewhere in the middle.
But with one change...YOU can help make it transformational. That one change begins with your mindset.
Often times people want to develop a skill, yet they have a belief system that tells them it's never going to happen. Maybe they've tried it before and failed. Or maybe they have the belief that "It's not for me". So they go through a training session with a mindset that keeps their mind closed-off from learning, and ultimately, from taking the necessary actions to acquire the skill.
This weak mindset produces a debilitating cycle...weak beliefs = weak thoughts/attitude/outlook = weak actions = weak results. And the weak results reinforce the weak beliefs.
Unfortunately, most training sessions skip the mindset part. We dive right into the technical skills (i.e. the actions), then wonder why people struggle to truly embrace the training and see a transformation. I'm guilty of this as a trainer and a trainee.
The mindset part may be skipped by many trainers because it's difficult to teach. It appears as an elusive topic. But its impact is unquestionable. On the other hand, technical skills are clear cut and much easier to teach. But people struggle to develop the technical skills when their beliefs remain the same (i.e. I'm just not good at this...).
If you have ever done the self-awareness exercise, At My Best, you examine your thoughts/feelings/emotions/actions from a time when you were performing at your best. Maybe it was a big game and your were killing it - no one could stop you - and you played up to your potential. This exercise is an eye-opener because you notice the difference in the way you think/feel/act when you are performing well versus poorly. And often times...it begins with your mindset.
Training can't be just about the learning the right techniques. Or just mindset. It's both.
So the next time you want to develop a specific skill like shooting, selling, or leadership - make sure you practice developing your mindset along with the right techniques.
A strong mindset will set you up for success by opening your mind to new learning opportunities that you never saw before. You will feel more comfortable to embrace challenges and stretch your comfort zone...leading to better results.
We are working on a new curriculum to help student-athletes develop the right mindset, so they can develop any skill (on & off the court). Better. Faster.
Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if this sounds interesting to you.
And always remember...keep hustling & keep shooting!