“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” ~ Martha Graham
Every athlete is unique; an experiment where n=1. The coach’s role simply to help the athlete remove the impediments to that unique expression of life’s energy and vitality. It is an act of faith that begins by placing trust in the process of discovery, in the athlete themselves and ultimately in the mystery of that life force.
When done gracefully, coaching becomes not an act of ego but one of service, to the athlete and to that larger mystery.