Coaching is easy when everything is on a roll. You just get in a groove and click it off. It’s magical and easy.
However, when things are going well, we always fall trap to what I call default mode thinking. We do what we have always done and continue to do so. In our minds eye, there's no reason to change, everything is going well, so why not keep riding the wave. We fall into this never ending pattern of assigning the same styles of workout, in the same way, without considering any other option.
But where innovation truly happens is when we are faced with an issue that pushes us far outside this comfort zone. When athletes or situations put constraints around us, we are forced to find another path that isn’t the comfortable well-worn one.
While we like to think about how grand life would be if we had it all figured out and had no stress, the reality is that without stress we wouldn't grow. The same holds true for coaching.
The most difficult athletes and situations offer the best opportunity for growth.