Years ago I developed a practice to wake up thankful and go to bed thankful. The discipline stuck and is now a habit. And it has made me more tolerant, forgiving, empathic, and a better coach.
Here is my practice: upon arising or retiring, I take a deep breath and reflect on the abundance of privileges which I'm afforded.
That is it. It takes about 10 - 15 seconds. It may sound like new-age-mumbo-jumbo-feel-good-silly-stuff. It is. But it works for me.
Coaches and athletes can become myopic at times. Some of us, myself included, get so focused and wrapped up in our little worlds of competitive performance excellence that we forget to pause, reflect, and have thanks.
As coaches and athletes, we have a lot for which to be thankful.
Coaches, be thankful you have athletes working with you, listening to you, who respect and trust you to help them and provide encouragement to become their best self.
Athletes, be thankful you to have a coach who cares, wants to see you flourish, is willing to show up day after day, offering a shoulder to cry on after a disappointment or a high-five and hug after a big breakthrough.
And never forget, no matter what chaos comes into your life, be thankful for the stuff that matters most — your health, your loved ones, and what precious time you have left on this earth.
Afterall, at the end of the day, we're only playing a game of running around in circles as fast as possible.
But I'm thankful to call it my life's work.
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm