I am a big fan of the movie “Patch Adams”. That is my go to, having a bad day movie. It inspires me to think outside the box, to focus on a solution and to always focus on the person.
But there is something else that we all need to take away from this show. That is the simple ability to break free from the molds. We don’t, and shouldn’t look like every other coach out there.
GO AGAINST THE GRAIN!
I sit back and look at everyone trying to mimic or be just like someone else. We watch as someone else has been successful or implemented some other program, and you think that the easiest path to success is to copy them. And I am here to say, don’t.
I love Patch Adams because he was true to himself. He desired to help people and thought that being a doctor was the best path. He wasn’t afraid to tell the psychologist that he sucks at listening to people and helping them.
I’m not encouraging all of you strength coaches to go out into the world, telling other coaches that they suck, but rather…stay true to who you are as a person and as a coach! Sometimes that means that you will be on the outside of the norm…who cares?
Are you getting results? Are your athletes (clients) happy with their progress and development? Are you able to look at yourself in the mirror and night and be proud of that person? And more importantly:
Will you be able to be that person again tomorrow, and the next day?
I appreciate Patch Adams because he was himself, he would not change and eventually, in spite of it all, people ended up needing to learn from him and wanting to know his methods.
Be yourself…Learn the facts, learn other methods, but implement them your way and own it!