When you think about your coaching, how does it make you feel?
Does it make you bounce out of bed in a morning?
Or is it something you feel like you’ve got to do?
Or, maybe, you just feel a bit indifferent about it?
If you’re not excited to plan your sessions, deliver them to your clients or see how they respond to them, there’s a good chance that you’re ready for a new challenge in your coaching life.
I mean, ok, it’s not realistic to have a good day everyday, but on the whole, there are a few clear signs that you’re ready to challenge the ol’ grey matter, and raise your coaching game once again.
These aren’t in any particular order, but here’s a few to begin with:
1. You have a “usual” routine
If someone was to ask you the question “what kind of warm up do you do?” and the word “usually” comes up in your reply (i.e. “we usually start off with…”) – you DEFINITELY need a new challenge!
When you do the same routine or structure over and over again, it’s easy for you to get into a rut. You forget how long you’ve been following the same routine for and that means that before long, it’s not as effective as it once was, and worse – your clients will get just as bored of it as you are.
Plus, that’s when complacency, corner cutting and mistakes can creep in, all of which can lead to injury.
If you’re not sure whether you have a “usual” routine or pattern, ask your clients! If they can deliver your warm up, or give you an accurate overview of your sessions, then I’m afraid you’re in a rut!
2. You’re going through the motions
If you’ve lost your enthusiasm for coaching and you feel like you’re just going through the motions then you’re ready for a new challenge.
This feeling often comes from using the same routines or structure, or even delivering the same session to different groups mulitple times.
You might find yourself struggling to come up with ideas for the session, looking back through old sessions that you can just use instead, or maybe you’re trying to squeeze out that few extra minutes before you have to set off to the session itself.
If this is you right now, you’re not alone. And you’re not a bad coach. You’re just ready for a new challenge.
3. It feels like you’re not offering enough value, or that your coaching isn’t good enough.
This is actually more common than you’d think.
And it happens in ALL areas of life/business.
The reason it happens is because we know our own potential, and that means that we also know when we’re not fulfilling it.
If something feels easy and we’re getting paid for it (whether that’s privately or through a club), we feel guilty because we feel like we’re not giving our best.
But I’ll let you into a little secret…delivering great coaching doesn’t need to feel hard, or time-consuming – it can actually be great fun!
If you feel like you’re not giving your best or you’ve slipped into a bit of a rut, or you’ve just lost your enthusiasm for coaching, then you are most definitely ready for a new challenge.
And preventing injuries could be just the kind of challenge you’re looking for!
On Friday 28th February, the doors to the Injury Prevention Decoded course will be reopening.
Why is this important?
Because, at the end of this course, there’s a little quiz – and those folks that pass the quiz will be invited to join us on the next SMARTT® Coach Certification course that’s starting in May!
So, if you’re already experiencing, or you start to experience any of the signs mentioned above between now and the end of February, keep your eyes peeled for more info!
In the meantime, make sure you come and join us over in the SMARTT® Folks Facebook group for sneak previews, behind-the-scenes peeks and much more!