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The 7 habits of highly effective coaches

Posted by on November 25, 2015

As well as doing track and field athletics, boxing and basketball (point guard) at school, I also used to play football (soccer) for my school on the right wing. My job was to go outside the defender, cut the ball across from the byline and keep it low. I didn’t worry about anything else. I had the pace. I would just go past the defender on the outside, look up, pass the ball into the box and the striker would score.

I learned a lot of good habits from sports and all this was mostly because I was self-coached, so here are 7 habits I learned from coaching through sports:

Habit 1: Lead with confidence

If an athlete ever asks “Why are we doing this?”, you will be able to give them a clear answer. In doing so your athletes will understand why they are training this way and run through proverbial “brick walls” for you.

Habit 2: Accept help (when it’s good)

It’s not always easy admitting you don’t know it all. Having a training plan from a top coach that’s all laid out for you is like having an assistant coach advising you what to do. But you have to accept you might benefit from a little help!

Habit 3: Show your authority

Top coaches deal with big personalities. They know how to keep athletes focused and in their place. Their coaching sessions are designed to inspire and motivate athletes. Your authority is enhanced every time you deliver a quality session.

Habit 4: Create time for yourself

There’s always demands on your time. It could be work, the family or the team. The only way you can maximise your ability to coach is by taking shortcuts.

Habit 5: Motivate those around you

The world’s top athletes are taking part in quality training sessions. When your athletes train like a pro, they’re motivated like a pro – thanks to you!

Habit 6: Communicate

Athletes that see, hear and do retain 99% of the information you give them. Top coaches engage their athletes with clear instructions and clarity of purpose.

Habit 7: Be willing to take action

Taking action is the hallmark of being a genius. No-one ever got better at doing something by doing nothing. Knowing what to do is one thing – doing it is what’s important. This habit is the hardest to develop.

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, boy playing football at da Pinheira beach in Santa Catarinaon Credit: JEFFERSON BERNARDES

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, boy playing football at da Pinheira beach in Santa Catarinaon


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