I heard a youth worker from Redthread (a charity aiming to support and enable young people in South London to lead healthy, safe lives) talking on the radio about 'teachable moments.' She mentioned that often the most 'teachable moments' come in the darkest of times when a youth is in hospital A&E having been stabbed (via gang invovlement) with no family, no friends and life in the balance. This can be the impact moment for the youth worker to seize upon to get that young person to consider making a change in their lives - if indeed, they survive.
As coaches, our teachable moments hopefully don't come in life/death situations, but they may well come in the low moments and tougher times that all athletes/performers experience. These are moments when dissatisfaction may well be at it's highest and the 'need' to improve/change is at it's greatest. These are the moments of revelation in and around the well used saying 'if I continue to do what I've always done, I'm gonna get what I've always got.'
As coaches and leaders, do we wait for the teachable moments to arrive, or are there ways in which we can orchestrate and create them, the creation of mini crises (the plural of crisis google reliably informs me!) if you will?
As players, do we come with curious and teachable attitudes, inquisitive, prepared to overcome fear of failure and the fear of the emotional/physical discomfort associated with learning.