Imagine climbing to the top of a mountain. Standing at the top, inhaling, exhaling the beautiful fresh air. Being at peace and admiring the view. You know, having a moment enjoying nature. Then suddenly, someone walks up behind you and pushes off the mountain. Now you are wailing in air, trying to figure out what happened, furthermore how can I level out into a glide with the wind beneath my wings to land safely. The past few years have been filled with several learning lessons. A lot of self-reflection and self-assessing. There were times where I questioned myself as a coach. I thought to myself, “why am I here?” Can I really do this? Do this meaning, re-construct a women’s basketball program that's in disarray. How can I cultivate the image of this program? What’s the best way I can serve the young women on the team now and in the future?
I thought about this quote I once heard. “We didn’t come this far, just to come this far”
There’s no way I’ve gotten to this point to not succeed. To not continue to figure things out accordingly. I understand that every level will garner another level of commitment, focus, and eagerness to learn from myself. I’m embracing each moment and leaning into the different situations that come my way. How can I tell players to embrace challenges and find a way to accomplish goals, If I don’t do it myself?
Being a part of this co-authoring project was refreshing. Everyone shared their unique experiences in coaching. I was able to take away little nuggets of knowledge from each person, reassuring to practice patience, remembering everything is a process. Each coach has encountered a multitude of lessons, transcending their thinking which has enable them to enhance their teachings to prepare the next generation for life.
This moment in time I’m receiving everything I need to learn in order I’ve been stretched, having to adapt quickly in order to establish a foundation for my program. Personally, and professionally here is what I’ve learned…………….
A few snippets from Coaching from the heart: The Greatest Untold Stories
Knowing God’s purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life and most importantly prepare you for eternity. In my 30 plus years of coaching, I have often asked myself what is my purpose in this profession. It’s very easy after the wins where you are down by 20 points and come back to win to understand your purpose. I can remember losing a game after being up by 20 points.
~ Fred Batchelor
Motherhood made me a better coach in all aspects. Raising my son has taught me I was his first coach, literally and figuratively. Teaching him in everyday life and then coaching his soccer team, I realized the influence I had with his thinking process. I learned sooner rather than later that I was the person who sees his strengths and weaknesses. I realized the wisdom that I pour into him right now will help him throughout his life.
I have always felt like God gave me a gift to help others. At a very early stage I my coaching career, I realized that it wasn’t a job for me. It was more that, I was on a journey. Pat told me to not follow the money. If I did my job well the money would fine me. She also said to learn to do every task that was required of anyone and to not be afraid to do anything required or not. Learn it all.
~ Lisa Pace
Hope you all enjoy reading, Coaching from the Heart: The Untold Stories.
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