You eat breakfast, right?
If I was a betting person, I’d wager you could improve your coaching between the time you wake and the time you gobble your breakfast (or whatever you call your first meal of the day).
For some of you that’s only a few minutes. Regardless, you can improve your coaching no matter how short that time is.
“How?” you ask . . .as I would to.
(The answer is coming in a second.)
But first . . . are you sure you want to improve?
Some coaches don’t. Seriously.
Some coaches know it all. Or have a set plan and don’t want to deviate from it. Or can’t be bothered. Or are just too dang busy.
If any of those describe you, then stop right here. Delete this email. I’m wasting your time. (But check in next Sunday. It will be a good one.)
For you improvement-oriented coaches there is a way to get better . . .
(regardless of your sport)
It just takes a very few minutes . . .
(you don’t have to buy a thing)
And the impact on the quality of your coaching and the enjoyment you have could be profound.
The trick, if you want to call it that . . .is to BREATHE.
The breath that goes in and out of your lungs, automatically, can make a significant difference in your coaching. Specifically, thinking about your breath is the key.
Some will call this “meditation.” Others may call it “mindfulness.” I’ve seen those terms turn off too many people, and they miss the benefits. I call it “breathing” because that is what it is, pure and simple.
Spending 5 minutes, 3 minutes, even just 1 minute sitting still and concentrating on your breathing can help you find a peace-of-mind, a clarity, that can improve your day, and, that can help you be in a calmer, more focused mindset when you coach.
This might just sound woo-woo, but I’ve been practicing this form of breathing for years and honestly it has helped me find a greater joy in coaching and be less distracted while I coach. And several times solutions to coaching struggles have appeared while breathing. Solutions I would have missed.
The process is simple, during every inhale-and-exhale imagine the breath going in and out. And when your mind brings up the latest “crisis” or “bright-and-shiny” distraction gentle ask it to wait and go back to thinking about your breath.
Eyes open, eyes closed — doesn’t matter.
Standing, sitting, in the shower — no difference.
Try it for 10 breaths, or 5, or even 3. Notice anything? Nothing big, but maybe something? Try it when you feel stressed, or distracted, or upset (That never happens in coaching, does it?).
This won’t work for all of you, but for some of you who try it, your breath could be a nice tool to put into your coaching tool box, especially for when things get crazy.
Better coaching by breakfast . . . and a side of toast.