Okay, maybe not every single contest, but you want to be in the game, the hunt — a contender.
That’s part of what makes coaching fun.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t play out that way for many coaches. We have losing seasons. We might even lose more than we win.
And a string of losses, especially a losing season, can be a heavy burden to carry.
But, wouldn’t it be great if you could forecast a losing season? If you could tell, before you start, that it is going to be “one of those years?”
Well, maybe you can. It could be as simple as one thing — your health.
Maybe I’m off on this, but hear me out …
There is this fellow, James Altucher. He writes tons, has a podcast, and is well known in many fields.
He’s created many businesses. Some failed, some were successful.
In his analysis of what led to his failures he noted a main factor had been his health.
Not that he stopped going to the gym, gained a few pounds … and lost millions.
Instead, his health in different categories, like emotional health, social health, spiritual health were critical. If he took a category for granted, stopped firing-on-all-eight-cylinders, his businesses suffered. If he became very unhealthy — the business failed.
For us coaches, a few important health-categories could be:
- Sport knowledge
- Team History
Can’t you see being unhealthy in one or more of those negatively impacting your coaching? Your season?
Try This Coach
If you think there is something to this (nudge, nudge … I KNOW there is) then try this:
- Identify an unhealthy category
- Record what clues led you to come to that conclusion (i.e., “I’m over-eating,” “People yell at me,” “I can’t remember the last time I exercised,” “My bank account is dwindling,” etc.)
- Put a 30-day focus on moving the needle from unhealthy to healthy
One Spring I noticed I wasn’t thinking very clearly. There were times when I just couldn’t process simple little memory tasks (“Who are all the team members, again?”), or create concise and effective practice plans. I knew something was wrong, and it wasn’t until I talked with a friend that I realized I was sleep deprived. I had rationalized the 5-6 hours of sleep I was getting each night was enough. It was NOT nearly enough. I’m lucky I didn’t fall asleep while driving. A 30-day plan on getting 7-8 hours of sleep made a huge difference, and things turned around when I became more sleep-healthy.
I’d be very interested in reading what you think of this. Health part of your coaching mantra?
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