Why do you coach?
Is it because you love your sport? You love the athletes? Is it because you enjoy being around young people? I enjoy asking that question…I wrote about it here.
Another fair question of a coach or any profession, is where are you going? Where do you expect coaching to take you? When will you say, “This is what I’ve been working for!”? There’s got to be an end game, a goal, some measurement that says, “I’m finished” or “I’ve succeeded”.
What’s your destination?
Championships won: Perhaps you got into coaching because you want to win a lot. Awesome! What’s “a lot”? Every destination needs a map, how are you going to get there? Winning is fun, it’s addictive, and it’s hard work. Be sure to surround yourself (personally and professionally) with people who support, and don’t hinder, that good work.
Lives touched: Coaching is a people business. Coaches impact young people at formative times in their lives. When their time with you is over, what do you want your former players to say of you? That you were fair? Tough? Challenged them? Loved them? Believed in them? Decide who you want to be and go about being that person.
Maybe you have some other marker that you’ve identified as knowing when you’ve “made it”. Be sure you’re checking in with yourself, ideally after each season. That way, you can be sure you’re making steady progress toward your destination.
I’m embarking on a series where we reaffirm why we do what we do. Please join me.