Softball Coaching Fears - You Are Not Alone
Most coaches have fears, worries, or anxiety about something. In fact, I'm not sure I know any
coaches who don't. It's pretty normal, when you really care about something greatly, to have concerns
or worries about it. However there is one softball coaching fear in particular that I see get in the way of
good coaching time after time. Can you guess what it is? It's the fear of what others will think about you.
I've heard advisers in other areas of life say that if you really want to be successful, you have to stop
caring what other people think of you and your choices. I believe that holds true for coaching softball
too. It's an easy trap to fall into. You and I both know how many critics there are of any softball coach. It
comes with the territory. It's tough not to take things personally. Sure we all intellectually know that we
shouldn't, but that's not always easy. You're not the only coach who finds challenge in not allowing
whispers (for shouts for that matter) from the outside impact what you do and the choices you make as
a coach. After all, no one likes to be put down, especially when you are pouring your very heart and soul
into something like many coaches do.
If you're reading this article, my guess is you are one of those coaches that really does care
deeply about your responsibilities as a softball coach. That's awesome, but it does make it tougher to
"let the water roll off your back" so to speak. While it's pretty "human" to care, sometimes too much,
about what others think, the problem really comes in to play when that fear of what others think or
what others might say outweighs your desire to make the best decision you can FOR YOUR PLAYERS!
When your worry or fear or anxiety over what people think becomes more of the center of your
coaching life than doing what you believe is best for your team and your players, that's when you're
really headed for trouble! Don't let that happen. Acknowledge it's human to sometimes feel hurt or
upset by what's said outside your team, but also be aware of where your focus is as a coach. Your focus,
just like the focus of your team members, cannot be placed on issues outside the team if you want to
Always remember why you're coaching. You're not coaching and making decisions for the
people in the stands or critics on the outside that could care less about your team, or you for that
matter. Your job as a softball coach is to help your players as much as you're possibly capable of. Your
genuine desire to truly help and serve the players you work with must always be the main force behind
how you make decisions and choices as a softball coach. The minute you start putting what others think
ahead of the best interests of your team, you're asking for trouble! Not only does that bring more stress
upon you, it also typically results in poorer coaching choices and effectiveness which, obviously makes
achieving success even tougher for both you and your team.
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