1. Write down your “why,” the reason that you coach. Not just a phrase, but in actual paragraph form, written by hand. “I coach because…” Keep it somewhere where you can go back and look at it every once in a while.
2. Have an email folder or a place where you can store what I call “rainy day reads.” Put positive e-mails, notes of thanks and other feel-good words of encouragement in there. When you are having a day where you are feeling less than motivated, open this folder and read its contents.
3. Exercise. Stay fit. It can be tough to keep an exercise habit through long weekend meets, crappy hospitality food, and hours upon hours of standing on deck. I am willing to bet your hotel has a treadmill and I can tell you from experience that it is not being used at 10pm. Read this article.
5. Have a plan. Not having to go through the “what are we doing today” process makes it easier to stay the course over the length of the season.
6. If you had your swimmers fill out goal sheets at the beginning of the season, go back and read through them again. Seeing the dreams and goals of the swimmers in your care will help re-charge your batteries.
7. Thank your mentor. All of us have someone who helped us get started in the sport. Visit them or call them up and express your thanks. Gratitude is the best attitude.
Stay Motivated, Stay Positive, Stay Successful.
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