Why am I doing this? It's a question you should ask often when you repeat activities over and over again. Habits can form, and that can be a good thing, but it can also be the way you get stuck in a rut.
As we approach the end of the year, I'm asking myself that question with regard to this blog. Why am I writing it? Here are the big reasons:
1. I love to write and it's my preferred method for interacting with other coaches. I love starting a discussion via blog and hearing from other coaches
2. I love swimming. It's a beautiful sport that I carry with me in everything else I do.
3. I love coaching and coaches, and the powerful influence coaches wield. The best and worst influences I have had in my life (outside of my own parents) have been coaches.
4. I think that Positive Psychology is still in its infancy in terms of being understood and implemented in the sports world. I would like to see that grow
5. I have built a business around the first four and I would like people to know about it.
The Harsh Truth
Here's something else you can expect from this blog: honesty. There are two things that are true about honesty.
One is that most people value it. The other is that somebody who is being a total jerk will usually say "I'm just being honest" in their defense.
To the latter, I know that my honesty often stings, and sometimes that makes me a jerk. In the past week I've heard someone tell me they are glad for the podcast because they can tell (and I'm paraphrasing) that I'm not as big of a jerk as they thought once they heard my voice.
I heard another coach (Steve Schaffer) respond to my post about the prevalence of the kind of coaching tactics that got Rutgers coach Petra Martin removed. Schaffer, who always tells me when he disagrees with something I wrote (which is what I like about him), said I should be "careful about painting with broad strokes".
So why do I do it? Because I'd like to see coaching in the sport I love get better. I know that occasionally I'm going to over the line and make some people extremely defensive in the process. Just like training in the pool, it's impossible to know where the line is without going over it.
Finally, rather than pointing the finger, I acknowledge that I am part of swimming and the swim coaching community. I am part of what must get better, and I hope that being honest about what I have learned and experienced I can help others get better too.
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