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Sunday, May 22, 2011

5 Principles for Success in Coaching (and anything)

These are from Coach McKinnis. They are his ideas of what it takes to be a successful coach. I think they apply to coaching, playing/competing as an athlete, and just in life in general.

The following are my top 5 lessons I believe every successful coach understands:

1. You are here for a reason and the most important thing you can do in life is to find, live and share your purpose. It's the one thing in life that truly matters and if you don't pursue it, everything else is meaningless.

2. Follow your passion. Teach your athletes to follow their passion. It so often leads you to your purpose, as well as energizes everyone around you.
3. Learn from every job, game and experience. Every job, game, or experience, good or bad, prepares you for the work you were ultimately born to do.

4. The quest for your purpose is not a straight line. It is filled with mystery, signs, obstacles, victories, dead ends, delays and detours. Your job is to stay optimistic and faithful on your quest.

5. I must admit I took this lesson from John Gordon's new book The Seed. Be the Seed. Seeds surrender themselves to the ground so they can be used for a greater purpose. Wherever you work, decide to plant yourself where you are and allow yourself to be used for a greater purpose. When you plant yourself and make a difference you grow into the person you were born to be and produce a harvest that will benefit others and change the world.

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