Coaching. . .Trips

CoachingEarlier I posted about my coaching slips.  If you walk on ice without skates you slip and slide all over the place, coaching was like that for me.  As I got further into my career, it was like putting on that first pair of roller skates.  You quickly pick up the skill and you think you've got it, and then you find yourself crossing your foot over around a turn and not getting it quite over and you see the skating rink floor rising to meet you.

By year three, I had two seasons of assistant coaching, both the boys and girls teams, under my belt and I learned the value of how to put a periodization chart together (running plan).  That plan developed further when I took over as jumps coach during the track season, and here came a little more slips, but with much more grace.

My greatest gift as a coach was my ability to realize when athletes needed to rest.  Some coaches believe that if you push hard enough and work the plan that everything will be okay.  The truth is, that's not true at all.  Athletes & people need rest.  They need to recharge.  Coaches need to have that foresight.

As I made judgement calls on when to rest my athletes, sometimes I was right and sometimes I was wrong.  Some weeks I had worked them too hard and their tanks were empty.  When they needed to find another gear, it just wasn't available.

Each trip was insightful.  Each time, I saw the ground rising to me, I looked for what I did wrong and right.  The goal is to determine what things I did right more than I did wrong.  Marcus Buckingham challenges:

Exploit your strengths (the right things)

When I realized that understanding an athlete's good days and bad days was one of my strengths, I learned to look for those triggers.  Understanding those triggers, ultimately, led me to develop a winning formula, but it wouldn't happen for a few more years.  In life and business, I use this methodology to help me succeed and win with people.  My trips early on, helped me develop my methodology, but it wasn't until I fell a few times that I really began to succeed.

What tripping experiences helped shape your life, career or experiences?

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