I have just finished working with the International Coaches in Perth, Australia. Where I have been coaching, tutoring and mentoring them over the two week period.
|New Coaches stepping out the comfort Zone on pool deck.|
It is now a few days after they have all left, which has allowed a bit of time for reflection not only upon the 2 weeks supporting the Coach Ed programme but also on my own professional development.
|Sue Oldham - Always inspiring - always setting her next challenge.|
It got me thinking 'am I as good as I can be'? I imagined if I were, what would that feel like, look like and what would I see. Could this be even possible!!
|Shelley Taylor Smith - Talking to the coaches about being realistic and whats really important in life.|
Then my thoughts turn to my athletes and the conversations I have with them about their achievements and occassional disappointments. Do I as a coach support them as well as I can?
|Great North Swim - 10,000 swimmers take to the water - To race or give it a go.|
When I say support others - It means just that, I think one of the first steps to being as good as you can be, is for individuals to take ownership of their learning, coaching or training. Do not get me wrong this does not mean they need to know everything, nor does it mean doing everything themselves....But there is a significant difference between the people I work with that take that responsibility for their own goals and desires and the ones that may not have got there yet.
|Active Blu training day - Trying something new - Why not|
Working with the coaches over the previous weeks, watching them and talking to them about their personal goals for their businesses, home life and overall work/ life balance has been inspiring. It made me realise that all these coaches have done the above and taken responsibility to getting where they want, but also have been realistic about it.
|Watching athletes training hard.|
What I mean by realistic is that they have a goal or challenge, but they have taken into consideration all the factors in their life. Thinking about the time they have free, their family commitments and other elements they needed to consider.
|OW skills and a lot of fun|
Often I talk to people and they feel they are slightly under performing - But when it comes down to it, they are also managing a family, work, education and much much more. Obviously this differs dramatically from one person to another and although you can admire and learn from others around you, something to consider when trying tot achieve the same goal is the unique differences that make us so special.
|OW training Night - Active Blu|
People are so inspiring and we should celebrated our achievements more - To manage everything in life is hard, but to achieve goals no matter what they are, when we have so many other things going on around us is truly what makes the world we live in so magical.
|My only option to protect myself from the stingers - To funny.|
So going back to the question: Are we as good as we can be? The answer may actually be Yes - In this moment in time I am as good as I can be!! If this is the case thats an amazing place to be.
|Doing things beyond comfortable|
So lets still set goals, challenges and aspirations, but break these down in a way that suits your life, and celebrate each and every step as you go.
|Taking that step.|
|Coaching across the world - Sands Beach Resort.|
Be honest to yourself and genuine when reflecting upon your needs and what you want in life - it will give and allow you a more realistic picture of what is ultimately achievable.
|Pip and Emma - Showing everyone how its done.|
Celebrate lots - ENJOY and I look forward to seeing you all in the water soon.