I got this advice from Mike Robertson, and I put it into practice last year for the first time and really improved my understanding of physiology and energy systems as well as the anatomy of the spine and its pain and dysfunctions, which were my two areas of focus for 2011.
I have decided to continue on with this process this year. However, instead of two areas I am going to dive into one fairly broad topic. I truly believe it will help me become a much better coach. Plus, I love learning about it.
The topic is behavior change/psychology.
This area of study is fairly new to me, but it is something that I have realized I need more knowledge of the longer I coach people. I have a post coming out on this topic soon, but basically, when I first started out as a coach I read strictly science-y stuff such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, etc. These areas are all very important and have helped me to offer sound nutrition advice, spot and correct movement error, write solid programs, and have helped me gain a good understanding of the training process.
Basically, these topics have given me the answers as to how my clients can reach their goals, but they have not taught me how to get my clients to follow and implement these solutions. I have realized that I need to not only have the solutions and plan for a client to reach his or her goal but also a way to inspire him or her to follow that plan.
|How can I convince her to choose the one in her right hand?|
I believe by digging into behavior change and psychology resources I can get better at this. Below are some books that I plan on tackling this year to learn more about this topic.
BOOKS TO READ
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Cialdini
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (I actually just finished this one and highly recommend it. Dan Ariely is also a great speaker and has some good TED talks I would recommend - HERE and HERE)
Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney (reading this one right now and it is really good)
Thinking Slow and Fast by Daniel Kahneman
The Blackmail Diet by John Bear
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition by John Berardi and Ryan Andrews (I have read most of this, but it is a great resource to come back to on this topic)
As you can see, I have a lot of reading to do. Luckily, I am a big nerd so it should not be hard. :)
So, what are you going to learn more about this year?
Also, if you have good resources for this area of study please let me know.
Have a great week everyone!