Softball Coaching Fears - You Are Not Alone - Always remember why you're coaching. You're not coaching and making decisions for the people in the stands or critics on the outside that could care less about your team, or you for that matter. Your job as a softball coach is to help your players as much as you're possibly capable of.
have fears, worries, or anxiety about something. In fact, I'm not sure I know
any coaches who don't.
normal, when you really care about something greatly, to have concerns or
worries about it. However there is one softball coaching fear in particular
that I see get in the way of good coaching time after time. Can you guess what
it is? It's the fear of what others will think about you. I've heard advisers
in other areas of life say that if you really want to be successful, you have
to stop caring what other people think of you and your choices.
I believe that
holds true for
softball too. It's an easy trap to fall into. You and I both know how
many critics there are of any softball coach. It comes with the territory. It's
tough not to take things personally. Sure we all intellectually know that we
shouldn't, but that's not always easy.
You're not the only coach who finds challenge in not allowing whispers
(for shouts for that matter) from the outside impact what you do and the
choices you make as a coach. After all, no one likes to be put down, especially
when you are pouring your very heart and soul into something like many coaches
reading this article, my guess is you are one of those coaches that really does
care deeply about your responsibilities as a softball coach.
That's awesome, but it does make it tougher
to "let the water roll off your back" so to speak. While it's pretty
"human" to care, sometimes too much, about what others think, the
problem really comes in to play when that fear of what others think or what
others might say outweighs your desire to make the best decision you can FOR
YOUR PLAYERS! When your worry or fear or anxiety over what people think becomes
more of the center of your coaching life than doing what you believe is best
for your team and your players, that's when you're really headed for trouble!
Don't let that happen.
Acknowledge it's human to sometimes feel hurt
or upset by what's said outside your team, but also be aware of where your
focus is as a coach.
Your focus, just
like the focus of your team members, cannot be placed on issues outside the
team if you want to succeed.
why you're coaching. You're not coaching and making decisions for the people in
the stands or critics on the outside that could care less about your team, or
you for that matter.
Your job as a
softball coach is to help your players as much as you're possibly capable
Your genuine desire to truly help
and serve the players you work with must always be the main force behind how
you make decisions and choices as a softball coach. The minute you start
putting what others think ahead of the best interests of your team, you're
asking for trouble!
Not only does that
bring more stress upon you, it also typically results in poorer coaching
choices and effectiveness which, obviously makes achieving success even tougher
for both you and your team.
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