This post is dedicated to the coaches, leaders, and creators who are courageous enough to share their unique models of understanding with the world. I admire, celebrate, and thank you.
The Developmental Element
Grow & create purposefully, expand naturally
The 6 Developmental Attributes
Growth Mindset (Curiosity)
Role and Task engagement
Be clear and simple about who you are and what you want to create. Get to what is essential. Essence is the key to development. It is the source of power, transformation and understanding. From essence, you can grow, create, and expand naturally into your potential.
As long as I can remember, I fought the wisdom of 'less is more.' I believed that developing myself meant adding on, building, improving, bettering, perfecting, going as far as possible as quickly as possible. I lived in the weeds. Growth had a desperate, complicated, comparative, achievement-oriented quality. I plagued myself with the fever of more and better, always trying to get somewhere, and prove something. I searched outside myself desperate to understand and connect with something that could only be found within me.
There were rare moments of connection, though, when I got so physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted and let go of striving, and just let myself be vulnerable and in the process that I experienced magic. In those moments, space emerged. I could see myself and life clearly. Those fleeting, spacious moments of wonder kept me curious, and infused me with enough courage to stay upon the path of self-discovery. That path has not always been an easy one. It has been an essential one.
Developing isn’t about adding on, or improving, it is about stripping down, getting to the source of you, and letting magic emerge. The word develop means to un - envelop, to unfold or unfurl, like a Koru, the Maori word for a new silver fern frond that expands from a single point of origin in what seems like perpetual motion. Growth is like that, it is natural and enduring. It is not a goal to be reached or a game to be won. It is not achievable. It is process to be honored and respected. It is timeless, perfect, absolute and complete. You can't force it. It happens when you are ready, when you've prepared the soil, and open yourself to it.
The 6 Developmental Attributes
Goal Setting - ability to set and pursue clear markers of progress
Growth Mindset - a sense of wonder and curiosity to explore and grow
Inspiration - To be stirred and enlivened by genius, brilliance, and beauty
Values - a set of core principles that guide behavior and decision-making
Role and Task Engagement - specific function and contribution, willingness to play part in something bigger
Purpose - mission, calling, intention
What is Praxis?
A container or model for personal understanding, discovery, expression and expansion
- How I understand life, sport, growth and the world around me
- A model to express, share and engage in conversation about how I understand life, sport, and the world around me
- A space, and process, for others to explore, discover, develop and express their own models of understanding
Magic comes unnoticed. Space appears, and you simply emerge into your potential.
Thats how Praxis happened. It emerged from something within when I stopped striving to understand it. I began to see space between the parts of my experience, and space led to connection - an understanding of how the parts fit together. That fit developed into a model that helped me communicate how I understood myself, life, growth and the world around me. Praxis became a container for personal exploration, discovery, expression and expansion. Praxis is a process.With every experience, it evolves. It is molded and shaped by every conversation, interaction, and experience.
I encourage you to explore your own model of understanding. I encourage you to connect to what is essential to you - who you are and what you want to create. Get rid of the layers and fluff of sport, and hone in on the essence of the experience. I encourage you to explore, discover, develop and express your unique and personal model of understanding.
I encourage you to let go,unfurl, and follow the path. Create space for magic.
Discover Within, Expand Beyond,