Notice…that’s a question. Not a statement.
Should you, keep coaching?
Coaching requires significant sacrifice so there should be a darn-good reason why you do it, and keep doing it.
Do you know what your reason is?
As Simon Sinek might ask you, “Why DO you keep coaching?”
I ask a lot of coaches that question. Here are three answers I hear quite frequently:
- To give back
- Because I’m good at it
- To make a difference
Those reasons are all admirable, but the bang comes with follow up questioning:
- Why do you keep coaching? To give back.
- Why is that important? Because the sport helped me.
- How? It made me be accountable.
- How? I had to be on time, and my teammates counted on me.
- Why? Because we didn’t have many players and I was okay at my position.
So a simple drill down of “to give back” now morphs into something more important like, “I coach to create opportunities for youngsters to grow.”
To Do: Start a “Why I should keep coaching” statement. Take your “why” statement and drill down with 5 follow ups “why’s?” or “how’s?” Distill it down and then hang your statement prominently. Read it at least once per day. The next time you hit a challenge with your coaching, read your statement aloud and see if it still keeps you going.
This is important because the world doesn’t need coaches who have checked out. Are going through the motions. Just marking time. That’s unfair to everyone, especially the coach.