When making a plan and program of your team it is very important to include your philosophy. Your philosophy needs to include how you approach the competition. As a coach you are a leader of your team that needs to create mindset. This mindset is incorporated in the training process. Some experts call this "creating the culture". As we have mentioned in our previous articles, how you train is how your team is going to play in the game.
Most mistakes coaches do is when they start to think how "Not to Lose". Often times you can hear coaches and players say,"I hate to lose". Is losing so bad? I have a news for you, Losing is not bad! When we lose we learn. We can analyze our mistakes and improve. When you lose you learn to pick yourself up try again. It builds character. However, when you are afraid to lose then you are fearing failure. Your play is not industrious and you are looking only to shield your weaknesses. Often you are keeping status quo and in that way you are not improving. Coaches that are afraid to lose keep playing in the same system. This creates one dimensional players that are not thinking outside of the box. They are competitive only when threatened and are not very creative. Teams that grow in this "culture" are constantly in fear. This fear creates low energy as the failure is always on their mind. It is hard to have self motivated players in this kind of environment.
On the other hand, coaches that are building a "culture of winning" are on the march to success. They are always adapting to changing environment and continually developing new ideas. They are motivated to face the challenge and are running better operation. This motivation is rubbing of on their players and in the process players become self motivated which is a big factor in developing champions. Instead of looking and shielding their own weaknesses, winning coaches always look to exploit the opponent's weakness. They are always looking a step ahead.They are true chess masters. Winning however doesn't mean winning at all cost. After all, losing is a good thing if you want to be a winning coach.