When it comes to performance, there’s nothing like a coach. Wikipedia currently lists twenty-one different types of coaches, and that’s not breaking down any particular sports. That’s an enormous number. Some of the types I’ve never even heard of… some of them are coaching things I can’t imagine a need for. But that’s not really how coaching works. Coaching is all about movement.
“Fuck Yoda. ‘Do or do not, there is no try’. Don’t listen to that shit. Half the game is just showing up!”
A good coach knows who you are, and what you’re capable of. A great coach knows who you should be, and what you’re capable of. An amazing coach will call you out on the difference between what you can do and what you have done.
A coach keeps you accountable. They know where you wanna go, and they know how to get you there. They’re just waiting for you to catch on. They want to move you from normal to extraordinary, and they know the transition is going to be painful.
“I don’t care what your three point shot looks like if you can’t even show up for practice, if it’s all beneath you. I’d rather have a kid with some heart and some discipline and no skills at all, if he shows up and gives it all he’s got. You’re not even showing up!”
Great coaches also don’t care. Pain makes lessons unforgettable. Remember the last time you touched a hot stove? Probably the first time you did, too. Pain makes that lesson stick. A great coach knows it’s going to hurt to train hard, or to push through your blocks, or to change long-ingrained habits that are so comfortable. But they care more about who you want to be than they do about your pain.
“When you know what you’re worth, you can go out and get it. What are you showing me you’re worth right now?”
Coaching is explained as the process used to transport people from where they are, to where they want to be. Coaching is development, change, and evolution. It’s movement. It’s hated and loved in equal measure. No one wants to hear their shortcomings broadcast loud on a megaphone or screamed into their ear. But you don’t show up and put yourself in a coach’s hands if you aren’t a customer for change. Just be ready for the pain.
Who coaches you? Is there a pastor or preacher who inspires you to push through the hard parts? Was there a teacher or a coach in school who knew what you were worth? Who expects nothing less than your best? Share with me in the comments! Tell me who moves you.