By Tim Nash, Leader of Convene Coaching
In April, an old friend was going to be in town for a few days. One of those days corresponded with my team’s soccer practice. Since my friend, Lauren Gregg, happened to have a resume that included Assistant Women’s National Team Coach for a dozen years, I asked her if she would train my team.
It was outstanding for my players as you can imagine, and they got some excellent instruction. However, perhaps my favorite part had little to do with technique or tactics. Before we started, Lauren gathered everyone around her and asked a question that immediately made each of the 13- and 14-year-olds go into a panic.
You could see the frightened expressions on the girls’ faces, the look that said “Wait, what? You mean out loud? In front of everyone?” After every girl struggled through her answer, Lauren told them something I think is crucial for girls that age.
“Don’t ever forget what makes you special.”
What if you had to answer that question today?
Do you know what makes you special?
As a coach, I learned a great deal from that question. I learned that some players don’t know what they are good at. Or if they do, they are afraid of it.
A majority of athletes lack confidence, at least from time to time, but Lauren’s message of Don’t Ever Forget What Makes You Special can take them a long way.
Head on over to the “What Are You Good At?” experience at Convene Coaching. Membership is FREE! I look forward to discussing this with you in the discussion forum at the end of the experience.