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The Coaching Profession
Why do people coach? If you are a coach, why do you coach? Have you ever asked yourself that question? If you asked yourself that question, what was the answer? The answers to that question will 100% tell you if you are in the right profession. Lately I have come across several people that have chosen this profession for all the wrong reasons.
A coach has too important of a job to be misplaced in the wrong profession. Coaches have a big responsibility. We are trusted by our athletes to help them reach “their” goals and not our own. We have a chance to affect their lives in a positive way. We have a chance to teach them about goal setting, mindset, and work ethic.
I want to coach athletes all the way to the NFL and the Olympics, but there is so much more. I want them prepared for life. I want them to impact the lives of the people that they come into contact with in a positive way. This is how coaches can help impact the world.
Too many coaches take their roles as a coach way too lightly. Did you get into coaching for the following reasons?
• To make money?
• For personal glory?
• To be in charge?
• To show the world how great of a coach that you are?
If you answered yes to any of these reasons, you are in the wrong business. Some of these things might very well happen, but they will happen as a result of correct intentions. A great coach is someone that loves other people. A great coach gets his pleasure from the happiness of others.
Last night I watched Cade Carney start at running back for Wake Forest University as a true freshman. My body and soul was filled with joy watching that young man realize his dream. A lot of my weightlifters were by my side Nathan, Dylan, Mason, Collin, and Rabbit. I took that moment to reflect on how very blessed that I am. Young men and women that are truly exceptional surround me. I get to watch each of them perform miraculous feats. More importantly I get to help them along their path in life.
Guys and gals here are the reasons to coach:
• You love your athletes
• You want to help people their goals
• You get pleasure watching others become successful
• You have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge that originates from your desire to help others
I wish that this was common in all athletics, but I find it the exception. If you are coaching to make money and pass the time, stop coaching. These athletes deserve better. Athletes deserve coaches that were put on this earth to help them reach their dreams. Athletes deserve coaches that love them and care about them.
“Coach” is a title that should be earned. That title shouldn’t he handed out like a flier on the street. Just because you are teaching people in a gym or box, that doesn’t make you a coach. If you don’t have the right intentions, then you are just pretending. If you don’t have a daily thirst for knowledge, then you are just pretending.
For all of you that are true coaches, I want you to know that you are in a truly honorable profession. You get to spend your life helping other people. I want you all to remember that coaches have a chance to impact the world one athlete at a time. Never take your role lightly!
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