As a coach I have come to realise that we are in the business of being positive, building confidence and making people feel good. Safety is the number one concern for all my clients but after that the goal is to provide a unique, fun and challenging environment for them to improve. Whether it’s in the gym or out on the sports field, it’s all about making the athlete FEEL better.
I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them FEEL.
It is important for us as coaches to expect the best in terms of effort, attitude and performance from our clients but in order to do so we need to live by our own training philosophies. We need to inspire those around us by our ACTIONS, not simply by passing on our knowledge and experience, but by living it. I agree that knowledge and experience, as well as the skill required to communicate what we know effectively to produce results is important but not as important as our desire to make a positive impact on the lives of each and every client that comes to us.
Often I need to remind myself of this which is part of the reason I started writing this post. After thinking about this I feel at times I need to realign my actions with my vision and purpose. I feel very lucky to be doing what I do and I owe it to everyone I come into contact with to be the best version of me that I can be and that is to inspire, educate and consistently communicate in a calm, confident way. The key is to get your clients to feel like they are enough as a person even if their performance on the day is not their best. Ultimately, everyone wants to feel as though they part of something special: everyone wants to feel cared for.
Before your next session ask yourself a few questions.
Are you the best part of your client’s day?
Are you someone who you would want to spend an hour with?
Be the Coach your clients need you to be. Make them FEEL Good. You owe to yourself and them!