As we approach the new year, you’re going to hear the usual rants about making your New Year’s resolutions. The problem with those resoluations is that they usually fall by the wayside a few weeks into the new year. Check out your local classified ads in early February and take a look at how many treadmills are up for sale!
But the idea is a good one: Set goals for the new year, and then carry them out. That’s a great idea for coaches, as well. The problem I find is that coaches are so busy, going in so many directions, and pressed by "more important" matters that they don’t get around to serious goal setting. But it’s important, and it can result in better performance for you as a coach and recruiter.
So, here’s my Christmas gift to you: A strategy for setting your goals as a coach (hopefully, it’ll be a better gift than the tube socks my mom would always buy me for Christmas):
- Write down the one thing you don’t do well as a recruiter, and determine to fix it in 2007. That one thing – whatever it is – could be costing you recruits. Which might be costing you wins. Which could cost you your job. Get better at recruiting, coach. It will make your job a whole lot easier. Starting is easy…just pick that one thing that you know in your guy you don’t do well when it comes to recruiting, and fix it immediately.
- Network, network, network. Talk to high school and junior college coaches. E-mail schools that you don’t have relationships with, and start building a system of contacts that will work for you to get you information on good prospective athletes in their area. Most of these coaches want to help, but they need you to open the door to them. Doing so will yield great results in your recruiting efforts.
- Get more exercise. As I typed that, it sounded like such a cliche. But I’m very, very serious about it. As a coach, you’ve got one of the most stressful, demanding jobs in the world. Exercise helps your body deal with that stress, keeps you relaxed, and helps you make better decisions. Each of those things helps you to be a better coach. When you add in increased life expectancy, sleeping better and more energy, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself as we start the new year. I’ve used two different programs for strength and energy…both programs are easy to start, with no crazy diets or equipment to buy: Body for Life, and BeachBody’s P90X program.
When it comes to personal development goals, I recommend keeping it simple. Make sure your goals are attainable. And, most of all, write them down. Goals that are written down and placed where you can see them on a regular basis will get achieved.
Goals are important for your personal and professional development. Take them seriously as we head into the new year.