Pro Soccer Coach Uses Transcendental Meditation To Stay Focused During High Stress Situations   Leave a comment

Spanish Soccer Coach Alejandro Altamirano Sandroni

There came a time when I was too stressed out to enjoy doing what I actually love the most in this world – my job.” Alejandro Altamirano Sandroni is a young coach in football [or soccer, as we would say in the US]. Currently at the helm of Olímpic de Xàtiva, a 2nd division “B” team in the football-crazy country of Spain, he knows what it means when you are obliged to win.

To always keep on winning, in fact.

With most football coaches axed less than a year after their appointment to the dugout, you would be hard-pressed to find a more stressful job.

Alejandro, what are the most challenging aspects of your job as a coach?

ALEJANDRO: It is a fascinating profession. To manage, and try to convince a group of diverse players to work together is what I like most about my job. Keep in mind that I have to deal with such different players! From 19-year-olds who are just entering the world of professional sports to players who are 34-35, with a lot of experience under their belts.

What inspired you to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique?

ALEJANDRO: There were two reasons in particular. First, a friend who always talked to me about the benefits of TM. Secondly, there came a time when I was too stressed out to enjoy doing what I actually love the most in this world – my job.

At that moment I realized that something was wrong. I decided to look for some effective tools to help me rediscover the joy in my profession.

So did you notice any changes after you learned to meditate?

ALEJANDRO: The most important change I’ve noticed is that TM brings me peace and a larger perspective on things. My experience with Transcendental Meditation is very good and I recommend it to everyone, especially now that we all live in a society of such hurry and stress.

How, in your opinion, would athletes benefit the most from practicing TM?

ALEJANDRO: I believe that the biggest benefit for an athlete is the increased level of concentration when making decisions on the go – an ultimate goal towards which all of us, coaches and players alike, strive.

TM brings peace of mind to deal with situations under high stress and tension. And it gives a much broader view on all the moments you live through as an athlete. The serenity to take responsibility, not go round looking for excuses. As a good friend of mine says: “Do what needs to be done.” Then you start enjoying everything.
Originally posted in TMHome


Posted December 19, 2014 by Charles in Leadership Performance, People

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