Your REAL Value As A Coach (HINT: It's Not What the Scoreboard Says)

I caught up with a coach the other day who was really bummed out.

She had just finished her season.

Her team had competed well, yet she was frustrated.

Her competitors also had strong performances.

Last year her team would have been four places higher in the overall team standings...with the same results. She told her team what she thought they were capable of achieving...they did it...and yet those results weren't reflected on the scoreboard.

She had originally planned to take some much needed downtime after the season.

Now, she was questioning her time off..."What would my boss say if I take time off...when what I really need is to sign another recruit to help our team next season? I don't feel we did well enough for me to deserve any kind of a break."

I'm wondering if you can relate? Have you ever felt like this? 

POST SEASON DIP

There can be a normal let down at the end of the season - no matter how well your team performed. 

Many coaches - if they're being honest - either feel flawed in some way OR feel the need to constantly prove themselves. 

Unless you've just won the national championship, there's always room to improve.

Even then, if you've talked to any national championship coach after they've won...the pressure and expectations simply go up instead of down.

It's so easy to let the results on the scoreboard define you.

It's also easy to let the outside world dictate how you FEEL about yourself.

It's easy...and it's not helpful! 

This kind of thinking makes you shrink and contract.  This kind of thinking does not move you forward. 

These kinds of thoughts don't help you grow and expand. 

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Four Questions To Answer To Understand Your Value As A Coach (HINT: it's not what the scoreboard says)

I caught up with a coach the other day who was really bummed out.

Her team had competed well, yet she was frustrated. The competition also had strong performances. Last year her team would have been four places higher in the overall team standings...with the same results. She told her team what she thought they were capable of achieving...they did it...and yet those results weren't reflected on the scoreboard.

She had originally planned to take some much needed downtime after the season. Now, she was questioning her time off..."What would my boss say if I take time off...when what I really need is to sign another recruit to help our team next season? I don't feel we did well enough for me to deserve a vacation."

I'm wondering if you can relate. Have you ever felt like this? 

There can be a normal let down at the end of the season - no matter how well you're team has performed.  Many coaches - if they're being honest - either feel flawed in some way OR feel the need to constantly prove themselves.  Unless you've just won the national championship, there's always room to improve. (Even then, if you've talked to any national championship coach after they've won...the pressure and expectations simply go up instead of down.)

It's so easy to let the results on the scoreboard define you. It's easy to let the outside world dictate how you FEEL about yourself. It's easy...and it's not helpful!  This kind of thinking makes you shrink and contract.  This kind of thinking does not move you forward.  These thoughts don't help you grow and expand. 

That's why I teach coaches how to identify and focus more on their true value. 

I'm not talking about value as in a higher salary.  (Although recognizing your value can help you be more confident when you do go in to ask for a raise.)

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