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Lessons on achieving impossible goals from The Dawn Wall

Living in Switzerland means it is hard to avoid the mountains. The more I explore them, the more I am amazed by climbers. Some adventure sports are simply about who has the most courage. Climbing is about who is the most focused on their goals. I have never climbed a mountain or even gone bouldering, but as a spectator of the sport I am captivated by just how focused the best climbers are. While more often than not they fail, every time they succeed my jaw drops a little more. Read more

Where corporate goal setting went wrong

When it comes to goal-setting in the sporting world, everything is starting to look a bit more corporate. Talk of goals, aspirations, and dreams has been supplanted by detailed discussions on key performance indicators (KPIs), targets, and measurables. The field of play and the boardroom are starting to merge. Read more

Training doesn’t have to be crazy

More it more it seems like we are surrounded by craziness, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I recently read It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the two founders of the project management software company Basecamp. The main point of the book is, as the title suggests, work doesn’t have to be, and indeed shouldn’t be, crazy. Read more

GAINcast Episode 124: Making the champion’s choice

Talent is a requirements to be a champion, but all talent gets you is a ticket to practice. Champions are made through their decisions. On this week’s episode, we look at making the champion’s choice with examples of the decisions champions have to make and the coach’s role in that process. Read more

Notes (Advice) to My Younger Self

This post is a result of reflections on turning seventy and as I continue the 49th year of my coaching journey. These are thoughts on what I could have done better or at least differently. They are the results of questions in the process of mentoring other coaches and raising my children. The questions usually are: What have you learned? What would do differently? Hopefully this will stimulate you to think and learn from my mistakes, missteps and an occasional success. Read more

The Little Engine That Could: I Think I Can & I will!

Maybe this is subliminal programming from my childhood, but I grew up thinking I could. One of my favorite books as a child was The Little Engine That Could. Read more

GAINcast Episode 50: Serial Winning Coaches (with Sergio Lara-Bercial)

Sergio Lara-Bercial had a simple question he wanted answered: what makes serial winning coaches so successful. As a senior research fellow at the International Council for Coaching Excellence he was able to sit down with coaches who produce Olympic champions and record holders time and time again. In this episode he talks about his background, the project, and what lessons he learned from talking with the best coaches in the world. Read more

Vern Gambetta

Motivation & Inspiration

Motivation by and through fear and hate is unproductive and shallow. The results are very short lasting and often destructive or counterproductive. Motivation through caring, concern and love is proactive, deep and long lasting. Read more

Possiblities

Don’t tell me what you can’t do, I want to know what you can do. There are no limits – grow and expand your horizons. Look at problems as opportunities and obstacles as stepping-stones, instead of focusing on the problem focus on the solution. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 24: The Coach’s Attitude

I organized a Swiss Hammer fall training kick off event two weeks ago and invited along a special guest Nicola Vizzoni. Vizzoni has impressed many with the longevity of his career, winning major medals a decade apart. But what impresses me more is how he won those medals. At both the 2000 Olympics and 2010 European Championships he was up against a wall. In Sydney he was about to be knocked out of the competition in the third round and then responded with a personal best to take silver. In Barcelona he had been knocked off the podium and responded with a season’s best on his final attempt for a medal. During our Q&A with him he credited his performance under pressure to his coach, whose attitude during the competitions put subtle pressure on him without making him panic. Read more