Establishing Boundaries for Engineer Athletes
Every athlete has different aspects of their mental game they need to work on in order to improve and build them into more complete players and people.
For each Athlete Type, there are certain tendencies that the majority of athletes who have that type can work on to better themselves.
Coaches, parents, teachers, and mentors can all help make a difference in young athletes’ lives by setting different boundaries and helping them understand some of their weaknesses and how to smooth those weaknesses out and become a more well-rounded athlete.
In this article, we will look at certain boundaries and techniques that could help if put in place for Engineer athletes.
Help Engineers See or Understand…
An important thing for a mentor to impart on an Engineer is that playing too cautiously can cause problems even greater than if they were to just make a mistake.
There will be Engineers who may play timidly or overly cautious because of their fear of making mistakes.
If you have an Engineer on your team who falls into this sort of mistake-avoiding behavior, they could benefit from a sit-down where you explain to them that making a mistake is not the end of the world.
In fact, showing them how playing too cautiously is actually just as bad as making a mistake could have a huge impact on them.
Tell them that making a mistake is in some cases can actually be better than playing cautiously, because failure is just something to learn from, improve on, and move forward a better player.
Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, is known for his late-game heroics, most notably his penchant for completing Hail Mary passes. Rodgers is an Engineer, and instead of being worried about making a mistake in the waning seconds of a close game, Rodgers plays how he normally would: to win the game.
Take your Engineers and show them clips of Rodgers in end of game situations, and tell them that there is nothing to fear about failure or making a mistake and that playing at their fastest speed will lead to the best results.
Prevent Engineers from…
Engineers have a tendency to shy away from things that appear difficult. As their mentor or someone the Engineer respects, make sure they do not give up on tasks or challenges that may be hard or overly challenging.
In fact, some Engineers will attempt to steer clear of any challenges that appear to be too difficult entirely.
This behavior actually comes from the Engineer’s fear of failure, much like how they will typically play cautiously to avoid making a mistake.
A good example for an Engineer to look up to is Dallas Maverick star and NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki.
Coming into the NBA, Dirk was a 7-foot tall, 237-pound prospect from Germany. At the time, and to this day, there is a stigma behind European players in the NBA being “soft”.
Larry Bird, when asked if he felt he had more to prove as a white player in the NBA said that Europeans have it much tougher saying, “Shoot, there are more stereotypes about foreign guys than there are white guys. They got it tougher than me.”
Before Nowitzki, there had never been a European who was the best player on an NBA champion, and there was always speculation as to if it could ever happen.
Nowitzki could have just lived with the “soft European” label he was given, and just existed as another big man in the NBA. However, he tackled this stereotype head-on, practicing and training to get bigger, stronger, faster — and perhaps most importantly: morphing himself into the greatest shooting big man of all time.
This was not an easy task, Nowitzki never shied away from the bright lights or the hardwork, and now he will go down as one of the greatest players to ever grace the hardwood.
Engineers are Bothered by…
Engineers will get flustered when they believe they have found an obvious problem or issue that no one else on their team has noticed yet. Engineers are cautious and want to avoid making mistakes, so if they feel problems are arising, they will do whatever it takes to solve those problems.
That is why, when they see problems that others don’t, they begin to panic and become bothered.
It’s best to hear an Engineer out when they come to you with thoughts about how to solve a problem, even if no one else really sees the problem exists.
Simply listening to them will help ease their stress, and listening to their reasoning can give you a deeper understanding of how they see things.