3 signs you need to re-communicate your vision to your team

You live and breathe your vision every day. You have a clear picture of where your team can go. You know the potential that’s there for your team this year. You believe in what's possible.

Does anyone else on your team see it too?

They have to SEE what you're SAYING!

You’ve got to get YOUR vision out of your head and into the hearts and minds of your team.

THREE SIGNS YOU NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME COMMUNICATING YOUR VISION

  1. You're constantly frustrated. It seems like you're the only one working towards your team goals. It's as if everyone else is just going through the motions and doing their own thing.

  2. Your team is easily thrown off by obstacles and challenges. The smallest thing happens and throws everyone off course. Some athletes over-react...other athletes completely withdraw.

  3. You're working really hard...all the freaking time...it literally feels as if you're pushing a big heavy rock up a really steep hill. You are the only one holding people accountable. You're always the 'bad guy.' Someone on the team screws up...and you're the only one to address it.

If any or all of those three signs resonate...then chances are you need to spend more time communicating your vision to your team.

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There's no such thing as over-communicating your vision

You have a clear picture of where your team can go. You know the potential is there this year. You believe in what's possible. You live and breathe your vision every day.

Does anyone else on your team see it too?

They have to SEE what you're SAYING!

THREE SIGNS YOU NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME COMMUNICATING YOUR VISION

  1. You're constantly frustrated. It seems like you're the only one working towards your team goals. It's as if everyone else is just going through the motions and doing their own thing. 
  2. Your team is easily thrown off by obstacles and challenges. The smallest thing happens and throws everyone off course. Some athletes over-react...other athletes completely withdraw. 
  3. You're working really hard...all the freaking time...it literally feels as if you're pushing a big heavy rock up a really steep hill. You are the only one holding people accountable. You're always the 'bad guy.' Someone on the team screws up...and you're the only one to address it. 

If any or all of those three signs resonate...then chances are you need to spend more time communicating your vision to your team.

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3 steps to move from vision to reality this season

It's about that time. You have another amazing year ahead of you...filled with possibilities. What will happen this season - in your life and in the lives of your athletes? Let's bring this vision to life!

The first step may be obvious...AND a lot of people don't even allow themselves the opportunity to dream.

1. To make it happen, you have to start with a vision 

What stops us from dreaming? Usually it's a combination of worries, fears, and excuses. We worry that we'll fall short or make mistakes and not be able to accomplish what we say that we want. We get scared that we're asking for too much or we don't deserve success, happiness, and joy. We make all kinds of excuses - like not having the time or money to do the things we want to do.

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What's your vision this season?

Lots of coaches ask me how to go about writing a season plan. In my sport of swimming, I think coaches are mostly asking about the x's and o's: ie. having a structured progression based on yardage totals, the breakdown of aerobic and anaerobic training, specific test sets, taper schedule, etc.

To be honest, I was never really able to work that way as a coach. I would start out trying to write out these elaborate season plans...because I thought that's what coaches had to do. I learned that the x's and o's would come - without all the need for specificity. That - to me - was more intuitive.

What was most important - for me - was to get clear on my overall vision for the team and then reverse engineer how to build it.

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