School Year is Over, Let’s Do a Progress Check
Coaches work hard to get things done. We are passionate, persistent, we are ambitious and I believe we all work as hard if not harder than any other profession out there.
But, because you are talented at what you do and have high levels of competency, it can sometimes backfire on you. You know what you are supposed to do and you are very good at just going in and doing things. But what happens over a period of time is that you end up losing where you are at in the space of time and never really progress anywhere.
So let me ask you, did you get the levels of progress that you wanted by this time of year? Are you where you want to be? If not, it is time to sit down and actually examine why that is.
All year long, we’re always examining how our team is doing. If they are off track or if they are falling short, we invite them to come in and meet or watch video. We will ask questions, gauge their performance, and look at the stats. Then we have the conversation about where we think they should be at this point in the year. We’ll say things like “right now I thought you would be just a little bit further on your RBI’s, shot percentage, your goals scored (enter stat here).”
I think as coaches, we need the same kind of feedback. If you don’t do it consistently for yourself, who is going to do it? Your sport administrator is not there every day so this needs to be something you do for yourself.
Most people do this once a year and it’s usually at New Years. It is really the only time they are checking in and doing an evaluation of their life and of how things are going in their program.
It is very important at this time of year to schedule time to get this done. Take 30 minutes after you are done reading this or schedule it during the week. Just sit there and think about your career, your job, your life, your kids, your health, your income, your relationships. Sit down and evaluate where you are at in the context of what you thought you could build or become during this past school year. Really be honest with yourself and check in.
Coach, are you struggling to reach the next level because you are too busy scheduling to-do’s and tactics and not spending enough time doing a quick check-in on your progress?
The level of success you reach this next school year is your responsibility. If a progress check is not on your calendar, I believe you are leaving your progress to chance. When things are left to chance, neglect and distraction will set in. Never leave your own success to chance or randomness.
I think it is wise to do a quick 30-minute check-in every 90-120 days. Based on what you find, use the information to tweak what you are doing, eliminate what isn’t working, and improve whatever you can.
Over this summer, my goal is to get as many coaches in the game of making and focusing taking back control, and making progress over just being busy and doing random things all day. Stay tuned, I will build on this next week.
Have a great week.
Busy Coach President
To schedule a free 30 minute call with me click here http://www.meetme.so/
P.S. If you have found this article helpful, please share it with your staff or other work colleagues! Studying time and energy management over these last 8 years and applying it to my coaching and recruiting has been a game changer for me. I am committed to helping coaches get more important work done in less time so more time can be spent with family and friends. Thanks!