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The Importance of Being Kind

As a coach, I know a few things about human nature.   Understanding the individuals you are working with is key to motivating them to improve performance, push beyond their current abilities, and most importantly, believe they are capable.  And I'm not just talking about confidence here, there are many athletes out there who are confident in the tasks they already know they can do and can deliver a consistent performance at that level, over and over again.  However, getting your competitors to push into the unknown where its painful, and scary, and there is no promise of success is a whole different ballgame. 


There is a lot of science out there on human behavior.  One of the most intriguing concepts to me is the science of mirror neurons.  Mirror neurons are neurons in the brain that are thought to be responsible for us learning observed behavior and empathy.  In a nutshell, we tend to mirror what we see.   If you are anxious and enter a room full of calm people, your anxiety wil…