Motivation is the art of convincing people to go one step beyond. It is a leadership skill that is essential to the modern economy. We have gone from the days of the major departmental sections; work teams are the current norm.
A good leader has to be able to motivate a small group of people to go the distance and a little bit more. Believe it or not, it is often easier done than said.
Never do anything that someone else can or will do when there is so much of importance to be done which others cannot or will not do.
Self-doubt is the dark night of the soul for any athlete. This is a depressing state in which a person wonders if he or she has what it takes. A good coach will recognize the symptoms and seek to create a cure.
The Major Symptoms
Questioning one’s ability comes from a number of circumstances:
Poor performance in competition;
An inability to understand new skills;
A series of poor practices;
Being demoted to a secondary role.
Inspiration exists but it has to find you working.
Today’s teenagers (specifically those born after 1995) are the most technically sophisticated generation America has seen. These young people grew up with mobile devices in their hands and they have forgotten more about social media than their parents will ever know. They have tremendous gifts and incredible potential.
The challenge is how do we inspire athletes in this age group to excel? It is not an easy task as many coaches will admit. Finding the answer is important for high school coaches but it is crucial at the college level.
Resistance is an active, intelligent, protean, malign force—tireless, relentless, and inextinguishable—whose sole object is to stop us from becoming our best selves and from achieving our higher goals.
Overall, management has gotten away from rigid hierarchies. Organizations are now more willing to empower employees with various duties and assignments. Sadly, sports still maintain a structure where all authority and decision-making rests with the coach. An authoritarian coaching style isn’t too efficient, and allowing peer leadership among your athletes is better.
It might sound a bit risky, but peer leadership has been found to be a way to move athletes in the direction of achieving goals and objectives. There are several ways you can institute peer leadership as the model for your team. The transition is not difficult.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Bill Russell was amazing in his day. Not only was he the NBA Most Valuable Player five times and an NBA All-Star twelve times, Russell was also a NBA champion coach. He led the Celtics to two NBA championships when he was a coach and that was amazing. Russell was one-of-a-kind.
I say this because Bill Russell was a champion as a player and as a coach, and it doesn’t happen too often. Sadly, incredibly good players can be terrible coaches. The transition is not always easy and not everyone can do it.
You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner, and no halfway measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do. Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imaginations. You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one—well, at least one and a half.