Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Scrapping the Playbook

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Over the past month or so I've had to do a bit of traveling. I've returned to a former career. When I initially designed my marathon training program I didn't account for travel, fatigue or the demands of a career. That was probably a bad coaching move on my part. I guess in hindsight I should have accounted for the unaccountables. All of the great coaches throughout history like Bill Bowerman and Joe Vigil, John Wooden and Geno Auriema, Nick Saban and Bill Belicek are known for their attention to detail and planning for the inevitable unpredictable which, in and of itself, cannot be planned for.

I guess in theory one cannot train for something that they haven't really experienced or learned enough about. In USMC Boot Camp one of the first things I learned was to adapt, adjust, and overcome. Likely it is a best practice to make oneself or ones team as adaptable to adversity as possible. The old phrase coined by Dale Carnegie, "if you have lemons, make lemonade", is essentially the philosophy that has applications in each and every effective training program or coaching philosophy.

All of this psychobabble that I just spewed onto the intraweb is the long winded way of saying that I will have to move off script and still make the show entertaining. 

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