Ever wish you had a magic wand to change the attitude of your team?

Do you ever wish you had a magic wand...that you could just waive over your athletes when they're complaining, whining, blaming, or being negative? 

It's unrealistic to expect your athletes to be positive and chipper all of the time. (Let's get real...I'm not always positive and chipper myself. Especially before I've had my coffee).

Yet, some days when my team would come out onto the pool deck for practice...it was like a forcefield of negative energy. It was like the dementors out of Harry Potter. (I love Harry Potter...). Everything felt heavy, dramatic, and dark.

I wished I had a magic wand to simply shift their energy. I wanted to help them realize how carrying this heavy negative energy seemed to drain their POTENTIAL. If only they could be more open, more light, and allow things to flow.

THE ENERGY EQUATION

Imagine you begin your day with 100 units of energy. You got a good night of sleep and are ready to start your day.

(If you went to bed late and didn't get the right amount of sleep for you then subtract maybe five or ten units...just to be fair).

Things will happen over the course of your day and you'll be given a chance to respond. 

(Notice the wording...you get to respond...that's really important!)

Your response takes energy. You can choose to respond in a way that takes more energy or less energy. That part is up to you.

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3 steps to resolve issues on your team

Most teams waste lots of time and energy blaming, complaining, and being negative. This will always hold your team back! When you decide as a leader to commit your team’s time and energy to resolve underlying issues, you may find more people on your team are freed up to be at their best and can begin to tap into their full potential.

It starts with the coach

You set the tone by being approachable, admitting mistakes when you make them, being willing to look at issues, and working with your team to try and solve them.

You won’t have an environment of trust if your athletes are afraid to bring things up, if they fear losing their place on the team, or some other terrible ramification you hold over them. 

So, trust starts with you the leader. Make it okay for your athletes to bring things up to you. Be curious and open to hear what they are thinking. Work to resolve problems - for the good of your team. Create a team culture where your athletes and staff feel comfortable bringing up issues.

Once you have built trust on your team, communication will be more honest and flow more freely

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