Why Does Coaching Work?

Here is a post from a forum a few classes ago.

It’s so good…

 

Meadow asked our students:

Is the coach of the Lakers (I think his name is Phil Jackson) a better basketball player than Kobe?

Why is he able to coach Kobe?

 

One student replied:

I asked my husband and he gave a brilliant answer that I believe is true.

He said, immediately, “Kobe’s in the game. Phil Jackson is outside of the game. Kobe is too caught up in the game to coach himself. The coach shows him when he’s not following the game plan or missing something. It might just be something Kobe Bryant doesn’t see at all and the coach can say, ‘Look – think about this or think about that.You need to get in the game plan.’ Being on the outside is a valuable vantage point. That’s why coaches walk up and down and look around the court or the field. It’s not always easy to see what’s going on. You can’t play your best game unless you know what’s going on between you and your opponent.”

In coaching, the opponent is our peanut brain. We are our opponent because we are fighting with ourselves. The coach helps you understand that. The coach helps you understand yourself because they observe you.

Wow. So cool! Thanks for the analogy. It’s so much clearer to me now. 🙂 And I like it. I love to observe.