But what about the things we can't measure? Are they what makes the real difference between champions and everybody else?
I saw a quote this morning which said, "They never measured my heart" and this made me think about something:
"Am I only looking for performance that can be measured when I test or coach athletes?"
Absolutely not! It takes more than hitting numbers to be the best!
Think about it this way: 2 back row rugby players run a YoYo test (a common fitness test used by sports teams to measure VO2 max), both have identical anthropometric stats, both hit the same level. However, one player dropped out the first time he struggled on a beep and the other had been battling away for 3 levels just to keep pace.
Who would you pick?
What are the hidden signs of performance under fatigue? Who will fight harder with their back against the wall? Who will give up the first time things get challenging?
I know who I'd want in my team: give me the grafter!
It's not just about what you do, it's about how you apply yourself to what you do. Performance can't always be measured by numbers, and you shouldn't discount the intangibles because they don't fit into an excel spreadsheet. Numbers can be improved, but only through hard work, and it takes heart to make the necessary sacrifices to make it to the top.
So what's the message here? It's a simple one! It takes sacrifice to become a champion. Don't waste time with time wasters, support the athletes who commit to your programme and show the immeasurable heart that we wish we could measure.