During your sports career, it’s possible that you’ll have more than one coach. I had almost 10 coaches from different countries, and yes all of them were totally different.
From each of them, I learned how to keep the focus, polish every detail, being a hard worker, a perfectionist, playing by my strengths, etc. But only 2 of them understood how to work with me and my style, and I learned how to work with them.
Why? I didn’t feel scared to express my opinion or ideas and that brought benefits for both of us, plus a great time at the gym.
A great relationship starts with AMAZING COMMUNICATION.
Coaches work with all kind of athletes, with different personalities, goals, and desires. There is a point where they have more influence in us than our families, and it’s important to know that this job comes with a major responsibility because, beyond the sport, they are coaching us for life.
Have a look at this 5 tips to start having the best relationship with your coach.
1) Express your goals.
Both of you need to be on the same page in order to achieve. Your Coach will help you WIN; you just need to be specific on what you want. Sport is not only about medals, but also about experiences, new perspective on life, joy.
What do you want to win? Maybe is friends, new skills, confidence, passion. When the sport is over, life starts and there are no medals on it, but there is a lot to WIN.
2) Mom is part of the team.
Your coach is the expert about the sport, so don’t be afraid to ask him/her to explain to your mother why you have to work hard, do the diet, keep the focus, practice the values. Your mom is probably only seeing you sad or angry and that hurts her. Your coach can help her understand the true meaning of the sport and how you can work as a team. Learn more tips here.
3) Learn the WHY.
¡Be curious! It’s important to understand why you have to run half an hour, eat the veggies, do 100 abs and repeat a million times. Someday you might want to be a Coach as well and understand why you are doing what you’re doing will give the greatest preparation. Ask why. Transform your coach in your mentor.
4) Bring the joy back.
You are doing this sport because you love it, not because you want to suffer. If you are not feeling Intune, just talk about it with your coach and express how you feel and what can you do to work better. There is no need to cry in every training session and during competition. Less pressure, more joy, what do you say? This is how you can do it.
5) I love you and thank you.
Your coach is definitely leaving a mark on you that is helping you become the person you want to be in the future. Feel grateful and show your gratitude. You are team and teams stay together. Just say it… Love you! Thank you!
And here are more things like “Talk to me, don’t scream at me”, “Let’s find a solution”, “It’s ok, I promise I’ll do my best, don’t stress”, “Relax, give me a smile”.
Whatever is the case, don’t be afraid of your coaches, they are doing their best. Work with them as a team, help them understand and get to know the real you.
Then it would be more fun and fluid to work together and to achieve your dreams.
Keep going Champion!