I have learned through my own personal experience that you can take the coach away from football but you can’t take football from the coach.
When the doors closed on my official coaching career, that did not end my passion for the game or coaching. Although I was very disappointed and dealt a real self-esteem blow finding I was not nearly as sought after as I expected; new ventures, challenges, and opportunities arose.
Regardless of what your passion was when a door closes, dive into the new world with the same attitude, action, and passion of your previous battleground. Find a new way to pursue your passion or step into a brave new world you never explored before.
Although my official coaching career closed, a new world of coaching opened. I now have the freedom of time to delve into the newest and oldest of X and O strategies and tactics. I believe coaching is much more than Xs and Os. With my new venture the audience to present messages of hope, determination, and passion from my experiences is greater than it has ever been.
Football Is a Lot Like Life and Life Is a Lot Like Football
When I said you can’t take football from the coach, I’m referring to the lessons football can teach. Lessons in the football arena have translated to lessons for life as well. The game of football is only sixty minutes but lasts a lifetime in so many ways.
There are memories of joy and disappointment that we carry throughout this life. There are lessons in teamwork, perseverance, determination, love, and hard work — with the understanding that anything worthwhile is always the hard road. The one where true achievement is discovered in the journey, not the destination.
I discovered real coaching is seeking a way to help others compete at their highest possible level, no matter their field of battle. Coaching means leadership, leadership in any arena. And seeking ways to help others reach their fullest potential. Parents can be some of the most successful leaders in the world we never hear about.
Whether you are a leader at home or at work, find a passion to help others in whatever world you live. By doing so you not only help others, you find fulfillment for yourselves as well.
Don’t use setbacks as excuses. Rather than skim along life’s path, dive deeply in to find your purpose.
In football, the game will play out differently for those involved. The same is true in the game of life. As the game plays out, make the choice to look at the positive possibilities. This moment, this day, this life, is what you choose to make of it!