Balanced Development: Topic 2 of 5 from my recent FEAT speech…
Pro athletes often separate themselves from ‘life-stuff’ to focus on their sport; in many Olympic sports this is part of the structure from a young age. When success strikes, they are considered role models, not only for their sport achievement, but for their entire approach to life.
Backed up by media, athletes usually buy into the assumption that sporting success = life success. The image below is a basic and exaggerated psychograph of a typical athletes development across multiple developmental intelligences.
The consequence of this imbalance can lead to inaccurate self assessment, alienating the athlete from their true sense of self. This can lead to a conflicted existence during their “dream years” as a star. As some pro’s have discovered, not even Olympic Gold can shield realities strong bite when navigating this territory, especially when going-it-alone, which is most often the case.
As a coach, it is beautiful to experience how personalized and unique athletes lives are, thus each needs a unique developmental approach to effectively and efficiently round-themselves-out as role models, this not only contributes to optimal performance in sport, but for healthy ‘real-world’ engagement and contribution; not to mention the enjoyment of sport!
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