In Trevor Tierney’s most recent blog post “Fire It Up!: The Importance of Intensity”, he writes about intensity and how he feels it is lacking in the game of lacrosse. In addition, Trevor provides some means of how to regain intensity.
It is interesting how he writes about intensity and where it comes from. Trevor writes that more intensity can be found by doing six things. For each of these six pieces, Trevor goes onto explain what he means by them.
1. Bring all your energy and focus it on what you are doing for the couple hours that you are playing
2. Be a leader
3. Stop worrying about what your friends or teammates will think
4. Have a pre-practice, pre-game, or pre-workout routine
5. Realize the difference between fooling around and having fun
6. Find a balance
These are six great pieces of advise.
In addition, I feel that intensity resonates from emotion and is actually part of a matrix of context. (Thank you Artur and his Motivational Interviewing class.) There are multiple parts to this matrix: one’s emotions, views of one’s past/present/future, goals, physical environment, one’s behaviors, and one’s motivation. All of these things play a role in one’s intensity. Therefore if a coach wants to increase the intensity, he/she will have to work within this matrix and possibly deal with multiple elements simultaneously. However, I do believe emotion is a huge component. I say this statement because of emotional interviewing and dealing with the process of change. If someone wants something to change or is ambivalent, emotional interviewing is a great means. What I am saying in a nutshell is that intensity is important, but it is not just turning on a simple light switch.
Another large component about intensity is about being present, which is actually something Trevor spends some time explaining. The ability to be present is a huge component of sport psychology because being present is a skill that is transferable and important to all aspects of life.
Of course David Yukelson put it the best. It is all about “bringing the nasty!”