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Yesterday, I witnessed a conversation between a player and a coach. The player expressed his concern to the coach, indicating that he felt the coach didn't trust him. The coach's response was unexpected: "This is not true... I trust you in defense, but I trust you 50-50 in offense." This reply from the coach struck me, highlighting a fundamental difference between the GROWTH and FIXED mindsets in coaching practice.

In this scenario, the coach's response reflects a fixed mindset approach. By stating that he trusts the player only in defense and not fully in offense, the coach implicitly communicates a limited belief in the player's abilities. This fixed mindset confines the player to specific roles or capabilities, hindering his potential for growth and development.

On the other hand, a coach with a growth mindset would approach the situation differently. Instead of compartmentalizing trust based on specific skills or positions, a coach embracing a growth mindset would trust the player holistically. This mindset prioritizes the player's development and fosters an environment of trust, empowerment, and continuous improvement.

Coaches face a critical choice: to either rely solely on their players to achieve predetermined outcomes, as seen in the fixed mindset, or to trust their players and actively contribute to their growth and success, as exemplified by the growth mindset. By choosing the latter, coaches can unlock their players' full potential and cultivate a culture of excellence and achievement on and off the field.

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