I Need a New Priest, and an Old Priest

Posted by Brian PCF
May 02 2010

As a new priest, you just repeat dogma.

As an old priest, you have an idea of what message gets through to people. You can sum things up concisely and you aren’t tempted to enter into the negotiation phase:

Q: This is my goal, what should I do?
A: This is what you need to do.
Q: I’m not willing to do that.
A: [silence]

Too often, myself included, we back off what we know is right as coaches. We tell people “Go ahead and skip the workout” or “Well, if you can’t stretch every day, stretch when you can.”

If we’re confident in our prescription, we shouldn’t back off. Give the advice, then it’s up to the athlete.

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