ROME – Be at your best. Every day. In everything we do. As if it were the rule and not the exception. Be present, “in the area”, in the flow to say it in English, in all areas of our lives. How good would it be? What difference would it make? And how much would you do on the field of play, at the highest sporting levels? It is something that can be achieved, it is something that can be achieved. In fact, according to Nico Olivieri and Matteo Gatto, creator and builder of the Easier project respectively, it’s something you don’t even have to strive for. We just have to see what’s in front of our eyes.
What is the easiest project? And how does it occur in a sports situation, more precisely football?
“Why easier, let’s start here. Suppose we haven’t invented anything, it’s a profession, a trend that has been around for decades and is widely used in business and staff, even in sport, both in Europe and the US (NFL, golf, Olympic teams). And it’s a growing trend because it makes a difference in the context in which it is put into practice. Easier because when it comes performance and well-being we look at a million variables: motivation, mental strength, spectators, how much I slept, and so on. – but upstream of everything that influences an action, an action, there is one variable greater, affecting all others. As the English saying goes, “when the the sea all ships go up “: and this is exactly what we do with our work. We are used to looking boat by boat, but there is something that comes first and when we understand it, when we know how to exploit it, all this like creativity. , motivation, getting up after an unexpected event, arise naturally “.
In short, talking about something at the base that goes beyond the individual dynamics that leads us to stay under control, to analyze to evaluate a performance. Something psychological, something profound.
“We talk about performance of any kind, in sports it’s much more obvious. In sports, among other things, we talk about it constantly, we know that coaches, players, sports coaches talk about it, we hear about this aspect. almost magical terms“we’ve lost our mind”, “disconnected”, “when there’s that thing you almost don’t even need to train” … The impact of all this is tangible, it’s seen in the experience, only it’s missing a professionalism like ours that helps you connect the dots and see where to intervene, this variable becomes unmanageable, almost a matter of superstition ”.
In philosophy Socrates spoke of Maieutics, of bringing out something that is already intrinsic to human beings. Yours seems like a similar approach, where does the rhetoric of working hard, striving externally end up?
“We make this distinction between willpower and strength of spirit. We’re used to seeing the first one but it’s a finite resource. And this is evident when we hear phrases like “we need to regain mental energy” or “the championship is long, it wears you out” and the like. If we have as our only fuel the willpower, which of course is not infinite, we enter into a discourse of exhaustion, of provisioning, of emotional and psychological ups and downs. By comparison, working only with willpower is like having a sailboat and rowing it forward. It only makes sense if you don’t understand how wind and sails work. There strength of spirit is navigating. Something we all know, talking about the field of play with coaches, they tell us things like “Sometimes I feel like I’m in the game, I see the moves, I can understand them before, other times I can’t, I’m not shooting, no it works”. To understand this is to enter another dimension. ”
But football clubs already have psychologists …
“Look, these are two different things. Our work is integrated with all the professionalism of the staff. Putting the team in the conditions to be at its best, I also put the staff in the best conditions to make a difference with their skills “. in a simpler way, psychologists included. For example, if I am one coach and I have to fight with the patterns that don’t work, with the mental energy of the team, with the lack of empathy, of group cohesion, I will fight much harder even if it is a phenomenon. On the contrary, I can make a real difference as an expert guide if I can work on a material that is ready to give the best. And we’re not just talking about coaches, we’re talking about a lot of them sports coaches and it turned out that even physical tests struggle to give objective data, the internal variable influences it. There is a relationship with injuries, for example. And there is also a link with the mental part, the psychological part, but our job is upstream: you can go to train your thinking, you can train to manage stress, the unexpected in the game – to be under a goal, under a man, & c. – but there are times when it is easy and natural to manage them and times when these techniques cannot be used. It’s like having a camera lens with darkened glass: all the components are top notch, I’m a great photographer, the batteries are full, the camera is ready to give the best yet … If I don’t know how to keep my glass perfect, I will fight despite all the conditions to give the best “.