I grew up watching MASH with my dad. It was one of our bonding activities. I actually loved the show. I was young, but still got the fantastic humor.
If you know MASH, you know Major Winchester was one of the characters under constant attack from the humorous antics of Hawkeye and BJ. The poor soul put up with a lot but his character was deserving of the majority.
In one of my favorite scenes, they are giving him a hard time in surgery about how slow and methodical he was. His response was typical Winchester – “I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, and then I move on.”
Honestly, that’s a great philosophy for a coach or player.
Slow down. Master it. Get really good at it. Then move on to the next thing.
If you cram your training sessions full of too many skills, tactics or teaching points you should slow down. Guide your athletes on one thing at a time, let them do it very well, and then move on.
If you are an athlete, remember development is a mastery-centered process. To actually progress, you need to master each new concept. In math, you don’t learn simple addition and then jump straight to fluid dynamics the next chapter. Just as in math, in sports you need to do one thing at a time, do it very well, and then move on. Take your time and enjoy the process.
Focus on it. Master it. Become “instinctual and natural” at it. Then find another mountain to climb.
Maybe Major Winchester was not as much as a buffoon as Hawkeye and BJ thought he was.