Recently I was fortunate to witness the incredible Mo Farah win another gold for the Great Britain medal pot. As we all stood united and proud behind our medal-winning GB athletes, we marvelled at the amazing feats that these brilliant people pulled out of the bag for our country. So what was their secret? While the French believed our cyclists had magic wheels (I kid you not), the medal winners themselves would tell you the true story: that they owe their success to a coach.
Let’s take Mo as an example. He famously said after his awe-inspiring run that his coach’s jibes helped push him to double Olympic glory. After moving Stateside 18 months ahead of the games to be coached by Alberto Salazar, he has since revealed that Alberto’s harsh comments of him ‘running like a girl’ were all the inspiration he needed to knuckle down and become the best.
With athlete after athlete giving thanks to their coaches, it gave them their moment of glory, too, with the coaches’ ‘marginal gains’ method becoming one of the buzzwords of London 2012. Performance director Dave Brailsford described the theory like this: “The whole principle [of marginal gains] came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by one per cent, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.”
It was a theory coined by Wilhelm Steinitz, a 19th-century chess world champion – a master of strategy who realised that a gradual run of small advantage gains could collectively lead to large advantages – and big wins. It works, and I should know.
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My one-to-one coaching works in much the same way, pushing people to tweak parts of their lives and helping them to discover their true destiny in life or business. My teaching methods aim to motivate, inspire and grow people to be the very best that they can be. It’s a technique that works for many people in all walks of life who aim to get results, and what better endorsement than the athletes themselves? They’ve inspired a generation and done us proud. But while we celebrate our athletes’ incredible wins, let’s all take a moment to honour the Olympic coaches’ sterling efforts, toos. After all, it’s their inspiration that got us there.
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