Performance coaches are uniquely positioned to help individuals and teams reach their highest potential. As trusted advisors, they can provide guidance and support on a variety of topics, including goal setting, motivation, and problem-solving. But to truly deliver high performance, performance coaches must also practice self-care and look after their own well-being.
Self-care is an important part of any performance coach’s job. Many practitioners find that, in order to effectively serve their athletes, they must first take care of their own needs. Self-care can include anything from getting enough rest, to eating healthy meals, to engaging in hobbies or activities that make them feel relaxed and fulfilled. By prioritising your own well-being, you can better serve your clients and ensure that they are in the best possible position to reach their goals.
Performance coaches also need to be mindful of their own mental and emotional state. When working with athletes, it’s important to remain emotionally neutral and not be pulled into any kind of drama. Learning to recognise and mitigate drama cycles is an important skill to master. Managing one’s own emotions is essential to providing effective guidance to others and staying out of needless amateur dramatics. Performance coaches should also be aware of their own limitations and be mindful of when they need to take a break or seek outside support.
Finally, you can look after your own well-being by establishing boundaries and setting limits. Establishing healthy boundaries with athletes, clients and your employer is essential to ensuring that everyone is on the same page and expectations are clear. It also helps to prevent burnout and ensure that you are able to deliver high performance sustainably.
Performance coaches can deliver high performance by looking after their own well-being. Self-care, emotional awareness, and boundary-setting are all important parts of being an effective performance coach. By taking the time to prioritise your own needs, you can ensure that you are able to provide the best possible guidance and support for your athletes and clients. Needless to say that less stress in the workplace means you are less likely to bring your professional baggage home with you and negatively influence your personal relationships.
It’s win win.
Resources which give performance practitioners and sports coaches the skills to take control of their well-being.
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