Since I work at a small, Division III school, I wear lots of hats. One of them is Social Media Director for my team. Our latest series I’m doing with the team is one where they give me their favorite motivational quote. Everything they’ve given me has been varying levels of good. The most recent quotation I received made me think of our wonderful coaching profession:
“It never gets easier, you just get better.”
If that doesn’t perfectly sum up what we do, I don’t know what does! So many start off in this career and think, “I love my sport, I was good at it when I was a player, I want to coach.” I generally challenge new coaches with this mindset, because quite honestly, that’s not a good enough reason. Those are the coaches who fizzle out, get overwhelmed, and burned out.
There are a lot of things we do that don’t really have to do with why we enjoy our sport…but they are a part of coaching. So think about it. Why do you coach? Check out this post that talks about why knowing your “why” is so important. This knowledge is part of what makes things get easier as we move along in our coaching journey.
Take heart. If you’re new and feeling like you’re the worst coach ever, that’s probably not true. Keep learning, keep asking questions, keep getting better. For those of us who are oldies but goodies, the advice is the same. Getting better doesn’t just happen, we’ve got to be intentional about it.