It’s supposed to be hard. All of us coaches have our sayings and that’s mine…especially when we’re getting in some conditioning. The point to the team is, don’t be surprised that this is hard work, that’s the intent.
I sure hope no one told you coaching would be easy. Rewarding? Fulfilling? Awesome? Amazing? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. But easy? Nope! Though I don’t know if “easy” was ever the intent…it’s supposed to be hard work.
So how will you do it?
Dream Big: Since you’re working hard, you might as well dream big. Dream so big that it makes you a little nervous. You challenge your athletes to push themselves outside of their comfort zones and I think you owe it to them to do the same.
Stay Focused: It’s nice to receive validation from others, but don’t expect everyone to believe in your dream. If it’s appropriately big, people around you will be skeptical…and that’s okay. You should be fixated on your dream, not other people’s opinion of it.
Surround Yourself With Good People. Your players, your assistant coaches, all of the folks who will help your team succeed. Your job here is to create culture. Make sure all of these people understand your vision for the team.
Good luck to you, Coach.
It’s hard work. And it’s worth it.
I’m embarking on a series where we reaffirm why we do what we do. Please join me.