Making change happen for the future
We entered into teaching/coaching and parenthood to make change happen.
However, as New York times-selling author suggests, “short order cooks rarely make change happen.”
“How far in the future does your agenda extend?”
For coaches, is it wins and losses, after all that is our measure of success, or is it?
For parents, is it our son or daughter’s playing time or batting average?
The world of sport tempts us with so much data that measures supposed success, that we get distracted from the very reason we enrolled ourselves or others in a sport, “to make change happen.”
We enrolled them to exercise both physically and mentally.
We enrolled them so they can learn about TEAM.
We decided to coach to give back to the game.
We decided to coach because we love to teach, to help others.
And yet we are always preparing players to win the next game, and talking to players in game about the now.
Or we complain to the coach about the playing time of the past game, or fixate over our daughter’s statistics.
But the work that leads to change is rarely written in the team’s wins and losses, or the individual’s statistics.
It is actually rarely tangible.
When I asked pitching coach Jim Wladyka to name a coach that has had a positive impact on his life, he noted his college baseball coach, Ed Blankmeyer, current TEAM USA and St. John’s University manager.
“He taught me how to be a man.”
And that is what making change happen for the future looks like.
This post was inspired by best-selling author and thought-leader, Seth Godin. Just google “Seth” and you will get better today, I promise.