Within the last year, the idea of simplifying has really become the center piece of my basketball life. Last summer I stumbled across The One Thing and Essentialism. There is not a day that goes by that I don't find myself thinking about a focal point in either one of those books. There have been several other factors that have helped me choose the "do more with less" coaching philosophy. Reading Jamesclear.com, especially the minimalism section, joining #RAMP with coach Randy Sherman and studying the pareto principle have all reinforced the importance of having a philosophy built around eliminating. I am also very fortunate to have regular conversations with my two closest coaching friends who share the same values of "doing more with less".
This motto has turned into the driving force behind everything I say and do with my program. I am not perfect when it comes to following this belief. I still spend time worrying about the "What" of our program when I should be focused on the "Why" and "How". I draw secondary break actions, motion movements, and potential set plays during my free time when I should be relaxing or more importantly spending quality time with my family. In the past, worrying too much about these details has created more "coaching" stress than it should have.
I started my career with a similar philosophy. At the time, I didn't have the knowledge from the books, articles, and friends to help guide and development this mindset. Fortunately, over the years I lost my way and made some mistakes. I say fortunately because these mistakes have helped me realize the value of "doing more with less".