Your Developement is in the Details - By Kate AllGood

Many people are overly focused on big goals, or big results but fail to pay attention to the small details of their lives.

How a client approaches and performs the small things in life will tell me a lot about how they are doing with the bigger things. I have worked with many people who want to be seen as reliable, and may even have reliable performances in different aspects of their lives, whether it be work, school, or their time at the gym. However, they often are unreliable with themselves on the small seemingly insignificant day to day things. If you can't rely on yourself to do small things, how will you trust yourself to be reliable when it really counts?

Each small moment of your life prepares you for the big moment you are striving for. You don't know when that moment will come, and you won't know if the next big adversity is waiting for you around the corner. All you can control is how prepared you are when the time to perform presents itself. To prepare for these large moments I recommend that you ask yourself important questions in the seemingly uneventful moments in your life: What is the foundation that has been created that will allow you to thrive in a big moment? What is the motivation to keep moving forward when the world is pushing you down? By paying attention to the small inner workings of your everyday life you can build a foundation that can get you through any adversity.

These small things are so important because they are the foundation of trust and confidence. Using the example of reliability again; if you set your alarm with the intention of getting up and going to the gym, however, you hit snooze and end up not going, in that moment you weaken your internal trust. Do it enough times and it greatly degrades the overall trust you have towards yourself. This will then create a ripple effect and impact other areas of your life where you need a high level of trust. One small seemingly insignificant moment, often like a pebble in a pond, creates a ripple effect outwards and touches everything in our lives.

Today, try and think of how you approach the small details of your life. Reflect on something big that is not going the way you would hope, and see if there is a connection to any smaller detail and how it might not be getting taken care of.


Kate Allgood, founder of Quantum Performance, is a sports psychology coach and the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Get Into the Zone: The Essential Guide to High Performance Through Mental Training. She has a BS in psychology from Brock University and a dual masters in general and sport psychology, with a concentration in family psychology, from Capella University. Allgood has been excelling at hockey since she was 6-years-old, was pegged as a potential candidate for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and was even recognized as one of the best female athletes in Canada where she was born. Kateʼs approach as a sports psychology coach comes from a combination of her experience as an elite athlete and different techniques that utilize her certifications in Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), TAIS Testing, and sports hypnosis. Allgoodʼs passion is helping athletesenhance their mental skills and focus to achieve peak performances. Clients have included professional, semi-professional, high school, collegiate athletes, fitness enthusiasts, as well as Navy Seals.