Just a quickie: I read an extract from Brad Gilbert’s new book on the weekend. Reading about sporty people can be incredibly inspiring; all that sacrifice and focus as they pursue their goals.
Mr Gilbert is a superstar tennis coach and is currently tending to Scotland’s great young hope, Andy Murray. The opening paragraph really leaped out and slapped me about the chops, speaking as One Who Has Obsessed About Numbers. I thought I’d share it for any fellow number junkies out there. Emphasis is mine.
"Can I get Andy Murray to No1 is what everybody wants to know. Here’s the truth: I didn’t know for sure that Andre Agassi or Andy Roddick would go to No1 when I started coaching them.
Nevertheless, here’s my 100% coaching principle with Andy Murray or anyone else: I don’t talk about numbers; I don’t obsess about rankings or results.
What I talk about are those specific things we need to do to keep getting better; to get closer to the maximum game out of the player. Do that and the ranking will take care of itself."
Dudes. I think the Brad Gilbert coaching principle could be a nifty way to approach lard-busting. Focusing hard on doing the healthy things that take you closer to being that healthier person, rather than obsessing about the numbers. I’ve changed my focus this year and while I’m hardly trotting off to Wimbledon, I’m a bazillion times happier and healthier.