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The Learnings of A Nomad: Part II | Boddicker Performance

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The Learnings of A Nomad: Part II

by on Mar 17th, 2009

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As I mentioned in the last post, moving can be tough.  The amazing thing about my parents is that they were always looking out for me.  When faced with a move in the middle of high school to a completely contrasting setting, my parents’ largest concern was not how far from the house the office was located or that they could afford a little more house in another place, but instead how good of an education I could receive and if it was somewhere I could chase my dreams.  They could have said, “You’ll do just fine here.  It’s close to work.  Suck it up.” but instead, they decided that it wasn’t about just them.
Sometimes coaches lose focus of why they do what they do.  When an athlete is having success on the playing field, often a coach will let it go to his head and begin to accept credit for the athlete’s new success.  Unfortunately, though, if the same athlete drops into a lull, the coach is often seeking excuses to use to explain the lull.  It is rarely the coaches fault, instead, he surmises that the athlete just isn’t working hard enough or isn’t following the program to a “T” when in reality it is both coach and athlete.  While the coach’s role is instrumental in an athlete’s development, it is both unfair and incorrect to assume that the coach is the piece of the puzzle that led an athlete to success.  The success is a result of an athlete’s consistent, hard work, physical gifts, and motivation.  A coach has the simple role of giving an athlete the ingredients to whip up a masterful creation that is peak performance.  Don’t try to take responsibility for an athlete’s success.  People are noticing you too.


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