By necessity the future is where coaches live. Sure we have to be in the moment just like our athletes but virtually everything we do in training is preparing for events in the near or distant future. Planning is a huge part of this future orientation. Planning is a way to bring the future into the present and be able to do something about it. It seems that the longer you coach, the more experiences you have the more proficient you get at producing future performances.
You do this by coaching day to day like it was your last day coaching. You do it by being in the moment and keeping the athlete in the moment. You do it through constant evaluation of day-to-day training and competition results to constantly adjust and reorient to the ultimate goal in the future. Good coaches are constantly self-correcting and reorienting toward their ultimate competition goal.
None of us have a crystal ball, but we do have the ability to control what we do today. The way to most effectively build the path to future performance excellence is by taking care of each training session as they occur. Thoroughly plan the workout, listen to the athlete, adjust as needed and you will be doing everything in your power to control future performance. The future is now.