Sometimes we forget the importance of coaching by example.
I was harping on a client about the importance of goals. It was my typical lecture… Goals are critical because they provide a roadmap roadmap. They also provide motivation and they enhance persistence/adherence. Etc.
As I described the importance of writing goals down and sharing them for the purposes of accountability, it hit me:
For my current life situation, I have not outlined or written my goals down. This stopped me in my tracks, I had work to do. I moved on to running a myriad of clients through their workouts and corrective exercises.
Later on, I found myself counseling an athlete about negative self-talk. Which is very ironic since I have been chastised by a friend, no more than 24 hours earlier, for doing the very same thing.
Are you a coach, leader, or mentor who is responsible for the development of others. If so, I strongly urge you to ask yourself if you are putting yourself through the same training drills and interventions that you expose your athletes/performers to.
A close friend and mentor or mine recently chewed me out for not enlisting the services of a Sport Psychology Consultant. Her reasoning was sound: if you are trying to provide a service that you, yourself, do not use, you are being hypocritical. Worse yet, how can you relate to what your clients and performers are going through if you haven’t gone through something similar.
Coaching by example and walking the same path that you lead others on is critical. This is not to say that you need to be perfect is all areas. We all know that would be impossible. However, we need to place ourselves in positions where we are able to show clients the value of our methods. We achieve this by actually doing them. There is no other way…you MUST practice what you preach.