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Developing Grit as a Coach & Recruiter: Here are 5 Ways to Do It
College coaching isn't easy, but you can learn the art of developing a gritty "won't quit" attitude...
Auburn University head football coach Hugh Freeze said this - and it’s impactful:
“Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said, ‘Grit is when you have the ability to overcome adversity in any situation. The ability to push through it, mentally, physically, to overcome. I think that's what grit is.’ Grit is passion and perseverance for your long-term goals. Grit isn't talent or luck, it's the ability to have stamina and endure. Grit is a mindset that you grow and build over time.
It allows you to believe in the potential of tomorrow.
It brings you opportunities for growth.
It makes you resilient in times of adversity.
5 Ways to Develop More Grit:
1. Discover Your Interests - When you know what you are interested in then it makes doing the work easier. Recognize your genuine interests and passions. Know what you care about and where your mind wanders because passion forms the foundation for your grit.
* Dan’s comment on this one: If coaching isn’t it, get out. If you like coaching but hate recruiting, get educated. This is a core part of your job, and I would argue it’s the one core part of your job that will determine if you’ll succeed at your job, and get to continue doing it.
2. Define Your Goals - When you know where you are headed and why, then it makes getting there easier.
• Remove distractions and define your priorities.
• Define what goals you want to hit and WHY. Then set stretch goals because you want challenging objectives to test your grit.
3. Practice Deliberately - The key to grit and growth is being detailed and intentional about what you do.
• Concentrate deeply on your work and practice.
• Understand how to get into a flow state and be consistent about your practice. Regular, purposeful practice is essential for skill development and grit.
4. Create a Support System - In any journey there will be obstacles so create a support system led by yourself and supported by others. Practice optimistic self-talk by updating your beliefs, removing negative self-talk, and developing a positive inner dialogue. Also, set up an external support system from mentors, coaches, or peers.
5. Reflect and Grow - Developing resilience and grit is a long-term journey so constantly look to reflect, get feedback, and improve. Seek feedback on your performance and look to improve.
• Developing a growth-mindset is the best way to develop grit (especially for children).
• It is not about the end result, but constantly striving to grow and improve”
All true…in life, in coaching, and in recruiting.