In Coaching The Mental Game, Dorfman writes, "The Blind Men and the Elephant," a poetic parable written by Godfrey Saxe, tells of six learned blind men who went to see an elephant, "That each by observation/ might satisfy his mind."
Thus the blind men, felt a different part of the elephant and therefore each had a different opinion of what they felt without sharing that experience with each other...each was RIGHT and WRONG. The lesson here is that we can assist each other if we know that our success depends on COMMUNICATING a shared experience. As a coach, we must tap into our "common ground" and not our differences.
Dorfman goes on to ask, "Does a coach experience all there is to know about his athlete's mental makeup? Not Likely."
The head coach has a responsibility to keep asking the athlete and others what they see and feel. This is a time related endeavor. When the coach has a deeper understanding, the performance of the athlete will be enhanced.