In or at the centre. When there is nothing else to do but focus on the centre, whatever that may be, then you are “centric”. At the heart of all that matters.

I’ve been coaching for 20 years plus and not once has anyone asked me what I do. Not in any great detail at least.

I’m also a parent and again nobody has asked me what we do with our kids or told me what they do when they have them in school, at clubs or in activities, week in week, in any great detail.

Which is odd. It’s odd because we are living in a world that is “child-centric”, kids are at the centre of what we do as parents, teachers, and coaches. And you would think that we would all want to know what the other was doing, for redundancy, for gaps, for progress or to find out where we are stuck.

But perhaps the friction is to do with the word “audit”. A word most of us turn away from. We might want to know the good stuff, but the signal that something is missing might not be worth the risk. Not, now, maybe later, likely never.

Our intent brings us full circle, back to the word “centric”. If we are truly child-centric then we would want to know, right?

“Until we make the unconscious, conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Carl Jung.

The upside, of any audit, is awareness. To move from unconscious to conscious. The downside is the risk, that you have done something wrong, and that can be hard to ignore.

So, let’s make a deal. No judgment. It gets in the way, and besides, as you will see from the Athletic Skills Audit, it’s an unrealistic position, to begin with. No one person can do everything, so relax.

Here is what I want you to do.

Take the Athletic Skills Audit and talk about it amongst teachers, coaches, and other key people who are involved with your kids. Ask them to contribute, details on how to fill out the audit are on included. Share the findings with everyone involved.

The real upside to all of this is, that I’m sure you are already there, connection. A way to start a conversation about the best way forward. With the question. How do we raise active, healthy, and curious kids? At the centre of that conversation.



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Simon A Harling

Simon A Harling

Coach, speaker, blogger on fitness, coaching & personal leadership https://linktr.ee/SimonHarling