It’s ok to feel uncomfortable

By Maurice Tanel
A progressive training approach should challenge the athlete in a constructively uncomfortable environment that encourages mistakes and recognizes measurable achievements.

How as educators can we create a training environment that will encourage the student to push at the edge of their out of comfort zone and motivate them to challenge the discipline and mental strength required for skill improvement?

Here are a few very important ways that we motivate our students to progress their skills and train with purpose:

  1. 1. Create a positive and constructive training environment that builds trust.
  2. 2. Teach our students not only ‘what’ they have to learn but also ‘why’ they should learn it.
  3. 3. Provide consistency in training from a system that is delivered with training standards
  4. 4. Cultivate confidence through a development philosophy that promotes training according to the age and stage of development of the student.
  5. 5. Encourages student’s accountability by promoting the personal growth habits that fuels discipline and ultimately improves their skills.
  6. 6. Reminding everyone (including ourselves) that skill progression takes time, patience and support.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.’  -Vince Lombardi-


Maurice (MOE) Tanel is the Program Director and Development Consultant of TEAM Shutout Goalie School.

For further information on this or any other questions you may have please feel free to contact him by email at [email protected]