Good rules for being a good coach and for being a good person from one of the best coaches ever.
In life, in lifting, and in coaching, there are shortcuts that you can take, times where you can choose to turn a blind eye because we're lazy or scared to do the right thing.
I play for the long game. Set up the foundations and basics now so that we can build upon them later on. In life, I choose to do the right thing because it's what I would want done for me and because it helps bring peace to my heart and soul - it helps me sleep at night.
In terms of doing the best we can - fortunately or unfortunately, we don't come in with all the answers. I know I'm a good coach but I also know that I don't know everything.
Also each athlete is different, so what works for one athlete may not work for another - so in that sense, it's like starting fresh each time. The only thing I can do, and the only thing I ask my athletes to do, is to do my best and for them to do their best.
For the lifters that get down on themselves after a mistake or a missed lift, I ask them this question - did you do your best? To which they reluctantly nodd and say yes I did. And my reply to that is, then don't get down on yourself - there was nothing more you could have done. You did your best. You may not have made the lift but all we have now is something we can learn from.
This picture was taken after my coaching session with Cathy. A completely organic and genuine moment. To be honest, this happens often after I work with athletes. I feel that it is not only because of how much they have improved in that session but also because they know and can feel how much I care about them. I care more about my athletes as people first, and then as lifters second. Not the other way around.
We're all here, living and existing on this spinning rock flying through this galaxy in the universe. While we're here why not surround yourself with people that uplift you, bring out the best in you, and make you feel good about yourself. It seems to make life that much more enjoyable and meaningful. #liferant #getliftinggetlifted #goirish