The Power of Practice

I just did my first Facebook Live recordings today. Okay, that’s not completely true. I did one about five years ago when I was at a coaches’ clinic in Chicago that I was speaking at. But I did that really quick just to learn how to do it.

Today, I did three of them. I was out on a walk with my dog and thought, “Hey, this would be a good time to try a Facebook Live again." Just like the one a few years ago, they were quick. I was doing them mainly to start to re-learn what I was doing. I will be doing a lot of them in the near future as I embark on my new Fast Track Lab for New Coaches program, so I wanted to get in a little practice.

The Most Important Time of Our Seasons

You know - PRACTICE. That thing that we coaches realize is the most important part of our seasons. Practice – that thing that we spend hours thinking about, planning, tweaking, revising, and then worrying about whether we created a good one to accomplish what we need to today. Practice – the thing that then when it’s over, we have to evaluate and ask our fellow coaches what they thought and what should we do different tomorrow. Practice – the thing that we spend more time on than anything else in our role as coaches. Practice.

Yet, here I was, about to hit the “Record” button (or whatever it is called on Facebook Live), and I was hesitant. I was nervous. I hadn’t done this in a LONG time. I didn’t know exactly how it was going to work. I didn’t know if it would post to my pages (it did). I didn’t know a lot of things about it.

But I did it anyway. I hit Record, and I started talking. And I was awkward in moments and wasn’t completely sure about what I was doing, but I just did it. My first two I did on my two coaching pages – Coach with Character and Great Resources for Coaches. (Just click on the name to be taken to each page.) My third one I did on my own personal page. I realized that when I saved the first two, I saved them to my personal page. So, I wanted to explain to my friends what the heck that was.

Embrace the Mistakes!

What that was was a mistake that I made because I was practicing. That’s what happens in practice. You try something new, you make mistakes, and then you try it again. You then make more mistakes in the new effort, but all of a sudden you start to get the hang of it, and you start to have a little success. Then what happens?

Coaches come along and ask you to do more, try something else, something new, something tougher. That’s what we do. We push our kids to improve by constantly giving them more things to learn and work on. But it takes time for that learning to take place. And they make mistakes in the process. But it’s the mistakes that are the best teachers.

Yet some of them (and some of us) don’t like the mistakes. They don’t like not being perfect. But come on! This is the first time you’re trying something. It’s not going to be perfect. There will be mistakes. There will be failure. And that’s okay. In fact, that’s more than okay – that’s good. That should be encouraged.

Because the more mistakes you make, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you grow. The more you grow, the more success you achieve. And the more success you achieve, the more you get to push on to something else that is going to challenge you and create mistakes and create more growth through those mistakes. It’s the never-ending cycle of growth and development. And I love it!

And yet, I didn’t love it today when I was worried about making a mistake. I didn’t love it today when I made my mistakes. But I quickly got over it because I knew I had just learned something. And I would have never learned that something if I had never taken action by hitting “Record.”

So take action. Lean into your mistakes. Welcome them, embrace them, heck seek them out. Because the more of them you make, the more you grow. And that my friends is a beautiful thing, and it’s what we should all be seeking as we make our way through life.

Speaking of growing, today I am announcing the launch of a FREE 5-Day mini-course next Monday called “Your Coaching Journey.” It is a shortened version of an 8-week course that I will then be launching at the end of next week.

This mini-course and the 8-week course are part of my new Fast Track Lab for New Coaches. I am launching this program to help new coaches (those in their first 5 years of coaching) learn how to navigate the ups and downs they will face while becoming a successful coach who creates a positive impact in kids’ lives.

This FREE 5-day mini-course is a starting point for coaches within their first five years of coaching to begin taking their coaching to a new level. You will receive a video lesson each day that is about 15 minutes long. Each lesson is filled with ideas to help you jumpstart your learning curve quickly. There will also be a short assignment to do after you watch the video.

Your total investment of time each day will be about 20-30 minutes. But that 20-30 minutes will be your first steps down the path to getting clarity and direction on where you are right now and then help you get really focused on what your next steps need to be on your journey to coaching success.

If you are interested in checking out this FREE mini-course, click here to sign up.

I look forward to serving you in the Fast Track Lab for New Coaches!

**Not a new coach? That’s okay. We’d love to have you in the mini-course, too. It can be a refresher for you. Who knows, though? You might learn some new ideas that you hadn’t considered before. I hope you’ll join us, too.


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