In the first three installments of this series I gave you the methodology, helped get you into the right mindset by guiding you towards looking at the end result and reverse engineering your strength plan. I shared with you (3) complete strength plans and also added in the last piece (3) additional plans that can be randomly used to break up, accent or even enhance the other three plans.
Now, we need to take a look at what can totally crush your plan making it and you look and feel like a total failure.
- Not having the plan clearly written down, shared with fellow staff and reviewed every 90 days. Let me be blunt, you’re an idiot if you think that having a “plan” in your mind (more commonly known as an “idea”) and discussing a few key points to your “idea” is going to suffice as a “plan”. IDIOT! To become a “plan” you MUST write it down, set S.M.A.R.T. goals within it making it – Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Realistic – Time Limited … Without writing it down, it is just an “idea”, without a set time frame it is a “dream” and if it can not be measured, it CAN NOT be managed! Beyond this, it absolutely without fail must be reviewed every 90 days – Plan, Do, Check, Adjust and then TAKE ACTION again and again and again… It is through this process that you will make the incremental gains that will collectively add up to quantum leaps in your program.
- Failing to become a “STUDENT” to the sport. I personally have struggled with this in the past, once you start on this journey of writing plans, sharing plans, reviewing and tweeking the plan you actually start to feel like you are the only one that “KNOWS” and that YOUR plan is THE PLAN… Been there… Done that… I was WRONG! See in order for the plan to truly work and the review process to be meaningful and results driven, it is imperative that you become a STUDENT OF THE SPORT. Our teachers told us one undeniably true fact if they did anything and that was “knowledge is POWER”! If you stop learning, stop studying, stop being a student of the sport your progress with also stop. Your plan will loose purpose, power and results due to a lack of understanding and meaningful review and necessary changes.
- Being exclusive and not inclusive. We all struggle with this both personally and professionally when it comes to our work as a coach. Being honest, it is hard to be open to some folks… some just don’t seem to get it, right? And it is even harder to be open to the parents of your athletes because they are always trying to interject their agenda for their own kiddo and most of the time only give advice that will help or benefit them in someway form or fashion, am I right? Here is the deal, you write down your plan with the above criteria and using the information found in the past three blogs. Then sit down with your coaching staff, review, add, subtract, adjust and finalize the plan. At this point, share it with the kids, the parents, the competitors gym down the road… hell give it to everyone that feels they need to take a look at what you are doing. And then FOLLOW THROUGH WITH IT! Be consistent, review on the 90 day schedule, make your adjustments as needed and again include everyone… This does two things, 1. it positions you as the “expert” and head person with your clientele and colleagues. 2. It unifies everyone involved by bringing them into and making them a part of your vision. Which again resorts back to raising your status/positioning with the folks.
- Not having or giving a general standard of nutrition, sleep and rest. This is and will be, especially if you fail at implementing the above 3 items in my specific order, the hardest to get buy in on. So far, I have found NO ONE that likes to be told in any way, shape, form or fashion how, what or when they can eat or drink. However, if you look at the basic 3 – Sleep, Nutrition, Training, it’s an epic fail, in my opinion, if you don’t have or will not commit to a standard which you promote, live and give to your parents, athletes and colleagues on nutrition, sleep and rest. Especially at the lower compulsory levels. Remember most of these are newer/younger parents, some may or may not have been involved in competitive sports, and most all of them have really busy daily schedules. Because this is the beginning of gymnastics for these youngsters, it is absolutely necessary that you be the “expert”, be the guide – set a standard in your program for what you would like to see your athletes eat and drink. I can tell you from experience and expertise that Gatorade, Powerade, Red Bull, Monster and alike should be TOTALLY OUTLAWED from your facility – go do you own due diligence and come tell me ONE redeeming quality of any of those, especially consumed in the full quantities in which they are sold. I challenge you! Being the “expert” guide on this does not mean that the standard need to be developed or created by you. In fact, I would embrace an outside expert like, as we have in our gym at HGC, Methodist Hospital Systems, Sponsor for the HNI and our facility, we look to them to help with this aspect and allow them to become the “expert” in this. We follow their guidance on the subject and use it as our standard. Are you following?
There is no reason to have a catastrophic failure in any part of your program. If you follow what I have given here you will quickly figure out that these same 4 “catastrophic failures to avoid” are used and will continue to be used throughout your coaching career and for all levels, even if you develop and or work with pro athletes.
I am Bryan Kiser, I live BOLD using my expertise and experience to help as many people as I can to be better now than they were a minute ago and even better tomorrow than they are today. The sets of life’s waves of opportunity are coming in clean and big…. gotta go!