Take 5 minutes to re-connect with your purpose as a coach

I've been checking in and talking with coaches who are in the middle of their seasons. One asked me a great question - somewhat rhetorically..., "If coaching is what I'm really supposed to be doing, why is it so dang hard?" 

It's easy to get bogged down in the day to day - in anything we do in life. No matter what job we have or what profession we're in, it's typical to get to a place where things are just...hard!

Here are three ways to re-connect with your purpose as a coach.

1. Reflect on your STORY

What's your coaching story? What was the initial spark that led you to become a coach? Every coach I know has their own personal story about how they got into coaching. They often share similar threads:

  1. To make a difference in the lives of others…
  2. To give back to a sport...
  3. To use athletics to teach bigger lessons
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What fuels your passion?

Most people are happiest when they tap into their passion. Passion gives form to life's intentions.  Passion leads to purpose.

Four questions to ponder your passion...

  1. What are you drawn to? 
  2. What do you want to read, watch, listen to, or follow to learn and to grow?  
  3. Who inspires you? What do they do?
  4. What do you want to teach or pass along to others?
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Go from Good to Great

I went to Minneapolis last Friday for A Women Coaches Symposium.  This was put on by the Tucker Research Center for Girls and Women in Sports, the Alliance for Women in Coaching, and Gopher Athletics. The Tucker Center is the only center of it’s kind in the world.

One of my favorite takeaways was from Celia Slater, Co-Founder of the Alliance of Women in Coaching.

She talked about the qualities of successful coaches:

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