“All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.”
Michael Jordan, a basketball player that will go down in history as one of the most athletic and successful athletes in the world, has always acknowledged the importance of coaches.
If you think about it, we all have coaches. Our dentist is a coach for our teeth, a massage therapist is a coach for our muscles, and a doctor is a coach for our health.
If you’re like me, you treat coaches like Michael Jordan did. I try to have as many coaches around me as possible. I have a business coach called a consultant. I have a coach in psychology called a therapist. And I have a spiritual coach called a pastor.
It’s my belief the more coaches I can have in my life the more empowered I will become to be able to coach other people. Thereby the relationship of coaching becomes a feedback loop of how much I can absorb from my coaches and how much I can give back to others.
I recently noticed that when I do more of the coaching than being coached the more, I begin to feel empty; physically, mentally, spiritually. Much like a gas tank on a car, it’s like driving on empty with no plans on a filling the gas tank back up. Eventually, it’s going to stall. There’s no book, motivational video, or positive thought that is going to help me with an empty gas tank. I just need to fill the tank back up.
Like me, if you are starting to feel empty I would audit the coaches in your life. How many coaches do you have in your life versus how many people are you in charge of coaching? I can guarantee that emptiness is caused by you doing more of the coaching than you are receiving.
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