This is a short article as much about my experience as it is mindset. I am extremely proud of how far the Andorran Alpine Ski Team has progressed over the last 2 and a half years. Leaps and bounds in all areas including ski performance, physical capacity, training mentality, nutrition, discipline and more, but I’ll openly admit that I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way and we still have a long way to go. After all, they aren’t world champions YET.
Enabling athletes to be better at doing what they do best is why I’m in this and learning from failures, however big or small is a huge part of that process.
No one likes to admit it but we all make mistakes. A huge key to success is excepting that failure is an essential part of the process, that no one is perfect and that you need to learn from where you go wrong so that next time you can make more informed decisions and have a better chance for success. In other words, mistakes are inevitable and essential in the process of self-development.
In this post I’m going to give a few “what would you do?” examples of mistakes that can easily occur in various S&C roles. Some are taken from my own experiences (there’s a long enough list to choose from), one is from the experiences of another coach and some parts are fictional/hypothetical. The idea is to get you thinking about how you might handle such situations so that you are better informed if you encounter similar positions and for when you next f*ck up.