Build a Malleable Plan
The first part of building a malleable plan is to have a plan in the first place. Once your athletes have reverse engineered their plan, you can help them to assign checkpoints or gateways to assess progress. These gateways can act as an excellent way to step back take an objective 30,000ft view of how the plan is going. If it is working, then continue if it needs altering then support your athletes in adjusting focus and pushing on.
The checkpoints can be defined by yes/no or pass and fail metrics, and the success/failure of the plan can be made quantifiable through a rating or scale. Some examples may include:
On a scale of 1-5, how successful would you say you have been in achieving your goals? (10 being very successful).
Out of ten practice sessions how many sessions did you complete?
How many shots did you score out of 100 attempts?
The most important part of building a malleable plan is having the ability to take stock and then adjust fire.
A gateway or checkpoint is an effective way to help your athletes hold themselves accountable for their progress if the plan has assessed the landscape and then reverse-engineered the outcome, then it will be able to easily identify the specifics of why the plan was a success or not. This is an invaluable process in the revaluating and resetting practice which need doing regularly to check the route to success.
Not all elite athletes will make it to the highest level of their sport, in the USA only in fact only X % make it to the top in their chosen sports. Some sports pay well if you make it to the top, but the reality is that the vast majority do not. The reality is that your athletes can’t afford to have a detailed, structured plan and their time and effort need to be correctly distributed to areas of their personal development such as deliberate practice, physical competencies, movement skills, regeneration, mental performance skills, technical tactical knowledge.
Furthermore, sport can be a cruel world and your athletes can be one injury away from their dreams being swiped away. Help your athletes to do their due diligence for life after sport and set up some contingencies or exit strategies through continued education, work experience, savings and health insurance.