An athlete with established habits in physical, tactical, technical AND psychological is more prepared for high stress environment, changing roles and for life after the game. Emphasizing good psychological habits can help the player gain self-awareness and the coach connect better with them.
There is an unbalance in the habits we build for athletes. When an athlete excels in physical, tactical and technical, it's difficult to see the potential that could be reached with good psychological habits. Athletes missing this component report higher levels of anxiety, lower confidence, poor decision making and inflexibility with roles.
What is the difference between Top Performers and people who are pains in the ass? Sometimes the only difference is a lack of clarity.
Consider this: A person on your team lacks drive. In meetings, he is always quiet, does not make eye contact and only asks questions about the previous meeting. He's obviously not a right fit for a strategic position.
Then you see his data. He's 99% Analytical, 99% Introverted, 12% Internal Distractibility and 70% Expression of Ideas. He is a born strategist.
Here's the new plan: Let him sit in the back of the meetings because you know he's listening. Have him plan the agenda for the next meeting, and ask him questions via email, not in person.
Outcomes? He's more comfortable at work, feels heard and is able to work in a way that makes him effective and happy.
Sometimes all it takes it a little clarity of strengths and a personalized plan for connection to get the best out of your people. With attrition rates skyrocketing, keeping teammates happy and fulfilled has never been more important.
The Ripple Effect of Clarity.