There is a lot to learn about the experience of coaching with most of that learning happening outside of any coaching-education seminar or workshop.
Here are a few of those things I’ve learned (with more to come) . . .
1) Coaching can rip your heart out then put it back so fast you won’t know that it was gone.
2) There will be THANK YOUS for being a coach. Often they come as whispers. It is not the volume that counts, it is the thought.
3) Coaching is not about YOU. It is about THEM. And there are more thems than just the athlete(s)
4) Athletes won’t care what you know until they know that you care.
5) If CHEATING, INSULTING, SWEARING, BROW-BEATING, CRUSHING, and/or DESTROYING is part of your coaching, QUIT COACHING. Because that is not coaching, it is assault.
6) Every act as a coach, every, causes a ripple, like a stone tossed into water. Sometimes — for good and for bad — those ripples turn into a tidal waves.
7) Lose often. Losing will help you find who you really are.