Who is in your team picture?
Posted by Dean Holden at February 18th, 2012
Article by Bruce Brown, of Proactive Coaching
Looking back at team pictures I find it interesting how I can go right back to the moment with each group. When I was coaching them they were great young men and women but they were ‘kids’. Some were lacking confidence just learning to compete, and others extremely confident. Some who had reached the peak of their physical gifts and some who were years away. They had roles on the team – some had large roles and some had smaller roles but they were all important. Some had the gift of physical talent and others had to work hard for everything. Some were very popular and outgoing while others were shy and reserved. They were kids, trying to figure out who they were.
But looking back I now see that I was coaching and teaching much more than ‘kids’. They were people who would become great fathers and mothers, business and community leaders. I was coaching people who would have to face all the normal difficulties of life and become firemen, PhD university professors, many teachers and coaches, elementary and high school principals, successful business owners, entrepreneurs, bankers, a person living in Washington DC who is a key figure in our national security, real estate developers, writers, TV personalities, policeman, generous adults raising huge sums of money for worthy causes, people who were on the ground floor with Microsoft, artists, attorneys, people who have served or are still serving our country in the military including one very special Navy SEAL. I wasn’t coaching ‘kids’. I was coaching future difference makers, people who were much smarter and going to become much more successful than I would ever be. I was coaching people who were going to do wonderful things with their lives and in the lives of others. My hope is that in some small way the experience on our team would assist them along that path.
Don’t just see your players as who they are but also as whom they can and will become. See beyond today in their lives and visualize the finished product. Believe in them BEFORE they are successful.