Allen’s Blog: Connecting Coaches to the Best Practices: Mindset 0

Allen’s Blog: Connecting Coaches to the Best Practices: Mindset

The definition of ‘mindset’ according to the World English Dictionary:

“The ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, especially when these are seen as being difficult to alter.”

During the build-up to any major tournament, especially one like the FIFA World Cup Finals this summer in Brazil, almost every fan, pundit, analyst and the like will focus in on roster decisions, formations and tactics. While those are important, few understand, except those who have been part of and experienced first-hand a championship organization, that mindset, chemistry and team mentality are the ultimate deciding factors in a team’s success.

One of U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Juergen Klinsmann’s biggest challenges when he took over in August 2011 was installing a culture that created a constant player-driven atmosphere and environment of growth and 24/7 professionalism.

Embedded in the team is a saying from Mark Verstagen, founder of EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance Incorporated), “Everyday is Gameday.”

I spent time with Mark last summer in Washington D.C. and I remember clearly when he spoke to the team one evening. His message to the players and staff?

Every decision you make from the time you wake up, to the time you go to bed, impacts your success on and off the field.

And I couldn’t agree more.

Your mindset impacts everyone and everything around you. You must realize what you say, what you do and how you approach problems will have an immediate and direct impact on your team, program and organization.
An acute awareness and focus on mindset separates successful leaders from everyone else so they may sit alone atop the industry. Mindset is something good leaders have learned to master, like a craft, for the benefit of all of their relationships – personally and professionally.

Your daily approach as a leader is going to determine how you handle issues and/or problems that come your way. Here are some core tenants of getting to the ‘Next Level’ on and off the field:
• Be a professional 24/7/365: Everyday is Gameday!
• Take responsibility, control and accountability for ALL aspects
• Ask good questions to get good answers
• Evaluate current level/situation (determine benchmarks and track progress)
• Set realistic goals
• Develop plan (set priorities to achieve goals)
• Invest (Build a support team)
• Make good decisions

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