3 Things To Do To Get Clear, Save Time, and Get To Sleep At Night

When I first accepted the head coaching job at Washington State University, my former boss congratulated me and then said, "Congratulations coach! That's so awesome. You're not gonna be able to sleep for a month."

He was right. 

As soon as I said yes to this job, my brain turned on with a never-ending checklist on a continuous scroll. All the things I needed and wanted to do would pop into my head - day and night. I had so many thoughts. I couldn't shut them off.

The best thing I did during this transition was hire a coach. We began working together immediately and our coaching relationship continued - almost weekly - for 9 years. I can't imagine how hard things would have been without her consistent support. She taught me strategies I still use and now teach to the coaches I work with today.

Whether you're transitioning from an assistant coach to a head coach or you're looking for ways to be better where you are...here are three things to start doing each week. I can literally guarantee you will become more clear, more confident, and more effective as a coach:

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Keeping a coaching journal

It's easy to leave to go home feeling like you've just worked all day and gotten nothing done. As a coach, you do a LOT each day!  Your list of to-do's gets interrupted by dealing with the actual day to day things that come up - in the moment.  And it's easy to forget them.  Then, it's easy to lose your momentum and get stuck.

Do you ever take time for reflection?  

You probably do at the end of the season when you go on vacation and have an umbrella drink in hand.  But what about reflecting at the end of the day, or week, or month? 

Keep a coaching journal...separate from a workout book.  Journalling doesn't have to be a long saga or novel...just bullet points.  

 

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