The more coachable you are, the better you’ll become. It is challenging for many of us to receive criticism or feedback. But, why is that? Is it because we struggle with self-doubt? Because we are perfectionists? Or, because we fear we’re disappointing someone?
Could you become more comfortable with receiving feedback and actually pursue it instead of running from it? To be your best, you need to be able to take direction, be humble and be open to receiving coaching.
Do you look for a way to learn from every situation? Are you fully open to hearing constructive criticism and feedback? Or, do you do your own thing and rarely ask others for help? Do you seek coaching or shy away from it? Are you open to feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable so that you can get better
Those that are coachable are able to get more out of themselves. They are constantly reading, taking classes and trying new things. They are willing to put themselves out there, receive feedback and make appropriate changes. These individuals regularly ask questions and they keep an open mind. They welcome opinions of others and are ready to try new strategies and methods.
Let’s look at this from the standpoint of an athlete. If you really want to achieve your fitness or performance goals, you’ll want to practice receiving coaching, moving through your self-doubt and working through your perfectionist tendencies. You’ll also want to practice being in situations that may make you feel uncomfortable because you feel awkward at whatever it is you’re doing. Regularly trying new things, working on weaknesses and putting yourself out there are all encouraged.
Have you ever…
- Rolled your eyes at a coach or judge for “no-repping” you?
- Been annoyed that a coach is giving you pointers mid-WOD?
- Tried to ignore a coach?
- Purposefully put your equipment in the corner, where you think you’ll get less attention from coaches?
- Snuck through poor reps, with a limited range of motion, when no one was looking?
Do you want to be that type of athlete? Would you want that type of athlete on your team? Would you be pumped to coach that type of athlete?
How to Accept Feedback
- Ask your coach or judge to closely watch you and “no-rep” you on any movement that isn’t obviously correct.
- Ask people around you to let you know how you can move better or what you need to improve.
- Tell your coach before the WOD starts, that you want as many pointers and tips as possible.
- Park your equipment front and center so that coaches can clearly see you.
- Let the people you workout with know that you want to be held to a high standard and you’re always up for hearing their tips.
Remember, to become a better at anything you do, you have to become more coachable. This means that you have to get comfortable with receiving coaching, feedback and even criticism. You have to sort through the suggestions or opinions and continue to be influenced by the ones that help you get to the next level. Not all coaching is helpful, but you can continue to ask for feedback and listen to suggestions from others. Always talk out your feelings with your support team and lean on them as you consider how you can improve. We can’t do this alone, and it’s far more rewarding to go through it with others.