A significant contribution that is nowadays credited for the quality of an individual’s performance is the quality of coaching that he has received. If we look at examples right from the pages of ancient Hindu scriptures right up to the modern day we will see examples galore.
Arjuna, the greatest archer of all times is an example given time and again. He was coached by the equally famous Dronacharya who considered him as his best student among hundreds of princes.
Coming to the modern days one of the true sporting geniuses, Sachin Tendulkar comes from the stable of Ramakant Achrekar a highly acclaimed Cricket coach who has to his credit a number of cricketers who have gone on to represent India in the recent times.
We associate coaching mostly with sporting and academic disciplines. However coaching is important in most walks of life. Coaching can be described as both an Art and a Science.
It is a form of Art as when the student and the coach are in unison they are one as a team. They are no longer two individual entities. When practiced with devotion the teacher finds the student as his extended self, working tirelessly, practicing what he guides him to do like the brain which guides the body telling him what to do.
Coaching is also a science as it has requires monitoring of the performance of the student, learning and development.
Coaching helps the student to discover his own potential, infuses strength and helps overcome his doubts there by increasing his focus and enhancing his performance. The biggest help in coaching is it creates a state of mind which is relaxed and prone to learn and develop. An individual in this state of mind can learn rapidly overcoming shortcomings.
Coaching helps an individual immensely as it helps to uplift the individuals’ mental spirits. A small story would demonstrate how a coach can lift an individual’s morale and create a lasting impression.
T.K.Ramanathan the father of Ramanathan Krishnan was the first of three generations of Indian tennis legend. T.K.Ramanathan once came across an American player called A.Leavens who was a great baseliner. The American came across with a reputation and was expected to win against the Indian who was then the number one in Delhi.
As Ramanathan Krishnan stood in a corner watching his father play, T.K.Ramanathan lost the first two sets easily. Then came the breathtaking turnaround. In the heat of the searing Delhi summer T.K.Ramanathan took the next two sets and then raced past the American who was by then awestruck at the never-say-die attitude of this Indian in the fifth set to win the match.
While returning home T.K.Ramanathan removed his shoe and showed his feet to his son which was filled with bloody blisters. Young Ramanathan started weeping and his father consoled him saying that this is the best moment on the court for him. This mental strength and character got imbibed in the son who later on became the greatest Singles player the country has seen.