In a TEDtalk titled, Success is a Continuous Journey, Richard St. John talked about being on top of the heap…and then getting complacent, overconfident, and cocky. Which led him losing all of his clients and the aforementioned success. He realized success is a journey and not a destination. The talk is less than four minutes long, so he didn’t elaborate on his steps to success, but I will put my coach spin on things!
8 things we shouldn’t stop doing…especially once we’re successful
- Passion. I haven’t met a coach who isn’t passionate about their sport. I think it’s safe to say that enthusiasm for our sport is a necessity in order to reach any measure of success.
- Work. A few years ago, there was a popular book which said that good things would just come to you if you thought they would. I’m all for positive thinking and visualizing and all of that good stuff…I think a positive mindset is critical in whatever field you’re in. I’ve not met a coach who said, “we had the best season of my career and I didn’t do anything!” Combining that positive frame of mind with a whole lot of hard work will yield results.
- Focus. If each of us focused on learning something new about our sport or about coaching in general everyday, success would surely follow.
- Push. There will be tough times, there always are, but we can’t give up. You can’t lose a couple of games and decide that maybe coaching isn’t for you. You can’t make a coaching mistake and decide that you’re a bad coach. Push through the bad times to the good that are surely waiting for you.
- Ideas. Whether you’ve got a player who isn’t performing up to their potential or an opponent you’ve never beaten before, fresh ideas are a necessity in coaching. It seems like players (and their problems) are like snowflakes…no two are the same! We’ve got to be able to tackle on and off-court issues with an arsenal of innovative ideas.
- Improve. We’ve got to be willing to get better. I was talking to a “big time” coach a few months ago and he said there were days he felt like he knew nothing about our sport. I’m sure that was his way of putting pressure on himself to keep getting better and pushing himself to keep learning.
- Serve. Successful people serve others. Whenever you read interviews of wealthy people, they generally talk about donating a considerable portion of their income to charity. And most sports teams do some form of community service work or volunteering. The teams may do it out of a sense of humanity/morality/trying to be decent, but teams can also learn what they can achieve together. Beyond that, community service events are great team bonding experiences.
- Persist. Jimmy V. said, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” I agree.
With the fall season right around the corner, we can all use a few reminders to keep pressing on toward the goal.