If I were to be completely honest, I put a lot of stock into my masters degree. The book reading clinical part of my degree. At the end of the day, that is what I am trained to do. I am designed to be a clinical exercise physiologist, and I'm not upset about that. I am still proud of the work it took to earn that degree. However, I wish someone would have told me that it wasn't mandatory. Or, you know, maybe they did tell me but I had it so ingrained in my know-it-all 20 year old brain that more degrees meant more prestige. When I completed my graduate program it was 2008. In hindsight, that degree probably saved me for those two rough years. Everyone else I knew couldn't get a job or was laid off. I was climbing the ladder. Not because of what my degree taught me, but because of that piece of paper itself. Then it bit me in the ass. I stepped out of that career and all of a sudden I was hunting for entry level jobs and no one wanted to hire me because of that piece of paper. They didn't want to pay me what they thought I was worth. Was I flattered? Sure. Frustrated? Absolutely. So I started leaving it off of my resume. Weird how that works.
So what did my degree teach me about coaching? Nothing. I mean, minus my extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, otherwise nothing. Then if you include the years of "if you don't use it you lose it" kicked in. Being a receptionist doesn't translate well into the coaching world, BUT I did get very good at data entry. I can use a number pad like nobody's business.
What does all of this mean? I am becoming a good coach, and I want to become a great coach, and to do that I must dive in. It means more years of practical application. More years of trying things, failing, succeeding, and zoning in on my niche. Actually, I'm pretty sure I've found my niche and now I'm in that fine tuning stage. It almost feels like my business runs parallel with my jiu jitsu career. I'm at that purple belt stage of I know my game, I know my style, and now it's time to apply, apply, apply.This is the fun part. The part where all the light bulbs are going off, and the simplest things become gospel. On that note, here are a few things I have learned about coaching:
Finally, coaches have coaches. Some of THE BEST advice I have gotten has been from a few select people, and that is because they are in the trenches as well. I hope you all have a great day. <3
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