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What outcomes are we planning for?

When the focus is on the result rather than the process, the player's mind shifts from the present moment to the future. Watch Paddy Upton explain.

When the focus is on the result rather than the process, the player’s mind shifts from the present moment to the future. This creates unnecessary pressure that can impact on their ability to perform.

A focus on the result usually results in more pressure on players. It forces them to think into the future, rather than focusing on the moment – and it’s generally only the next few moments/actions they can do something about.

Allowing players to focus on the moment, to make decisions for actions ‘right now’ while they’re in the midst of the game, means they need to be aware of team goals, and of what success looks like – for them individually as well as for the team.

This is one argument for involving players in the planning phase of the learning cycle.

Your task

Think of a time when you focused on the result rather than the process with your team and, in the comments, describe the impact that had on the team. What player-centered coaching strategies can/do you use to ensure the focus is on the process rather than the outcome?

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