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Successful coaches care about their athletes as human beings first, and then as athletic performers. This includes helping them with their personal issues and problems and having an open-door policy.

Successful coaches know that when they get angry they give away their power. They do not yell and get in the faces of their athletes.

Successful coaches are aware that their behavior in their personal lives affects how they interact with their teams.

Successful coaches know that what takes place away from the field of competition affects what takes place on the field of competition.

Successful coaches encourage their athletes not to “withhold” their feelings and emotions since withholding is a form of lying that demeans them and lowers their self-esteem; as a result of withholding, athletes will take fewer risks in interpersonal relationships and create psychological baggage for themselves that affects their ability to focus and process information.

Successful coaches hold weekly team meetings and encourage, when necessary, that their athletes sometimes participate in “players only” meetings so they will feel free to discuss team related problems and issues in a support group environment, issues they may not feel comfortable discussing with their coach present.

Successful coaches know they cannot motivate their players but can create a support group environment allowing their players to discuss their personal issues and problems; and as they discuss their personal issues and problems, they will then feel better about themselves and will automatically become more motivated.

Successful coaches are constantly aware of their players’ eye contact since they know that poor eye contact is an indication that players are withholding and have unresolved issues in their personal lives.

Successful coaches encourage their players to use visualization techniques, including the use of video tape sequences accompanied by a music track with meaningful lyrics.

Successful coaches encourage their players to “excel for a higher order” by helping others less fortunate than themselves, thereby enhancing their own feelings of self-worth and their performance.

Successful coaches are those who are able to tap into their athletes’ belief systems, realizing that the athlete’s beliefs affect performance, not the coaches.

Successful coaches do not micromanage their teams during competition and allow their athletes to use their God-given talents.

Successful coaches care about their athletes as human beings first, and then as athletic performers. This includes helping them with their personal issues and problems and having an open-door policy.

Successful coaches know that when they get angry they give away their power. They do not yell and get in the faces of their athletes.

Successful coaches are aware that what takes place in their own personal lives affects how they interact with their teams.

Successful coaches encourage their athletes not to “withhold” their feelings and emotions since withholding is a form of lying that demeans them and lowers their self-esteem. As their self-esteem is lowered they take fewer risks in interpersonal relationships and create psychological baggage for themselves that affects their ability to focus and process information.

Successful coaches hold weekly team meetings and encourage, when necessary, that their players sometimes participate in “players only” meetings so they will feel free to discuss team related problems and issues in a support group environment, issues they may not feel comfortable discussing with their coach present.

Successful coaches know they cannot motivate their players but can create a support group environment allowing their players to discuss their personal issues and problems; and when they do, they will then feel better about themselves and will automatically become more motivated.

Successful coaches are constantly aware of their players’ eye contact since they realize that poor eye contact is an indication that players are withholding.

Successful coaches encourage their players to use visualization techniques, including the use of a meaningful music track to accompany their visualization process.

Successful coaches encourage their players to “excel for a higher order” by helping others less fortunate than themselves.

Successful coaches are those who tap into their athletes’ belief systems, realizing that the athlete’s beliefs affect performance, not the coaches.

I watched the new HBO documentary about Vince Lombardi recently and was amazed to find that many of the things I preach to teams and coaches he actually practiced. For example, when players realize their coach cares about them as human beings first and then as athletic performers, they play their hearts out for him or her. Lombardi absolutely cared about and loved his players. And he showed it. Successful coaches often tap into their players’ belief systems and allow them to make important calls at crucial stages of a game. Lombardi allowed Brett Starr to call the final play of the “Ice Bowl” when he scored the winning touchdown. Successful coaches create positive expectations for their players, and these positive expectations often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Lombardi did that with many of his players, letting them know what he thought they were capable of achieving, on and off the field of competition. Lombardi had strong religious beliefs that he followed his entire life. Lombardi had no time for people who were racists. He demonstrated this when he gave his blessing to an inter-racial marriage for one of his black players, something unheard of at that time. And finally, Lombardi had a major stressful issue in his life that he was unable to control and I believe it was the stress from this issue that impaired his immune system and resulted in his being diagnosed with cancer, resulting in his early death at age 57. His wife was an alcoholic.


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