February 20, 2016

    It’s 4:57am on Saturday morning. Why I’m awake at this hour is anyones guess. But since I’m up I thought I’d do some writing.

    Okay so A week or so back I wrote a blog talking about coaching and how difficult (and stressful) it can be.

    Well a few days after I wrote that blog I decided to go back and re-read it. It dawned on me that maybe my message didn’t come across quite the way I’d intended.

    So this is part 2 of that blog with the focus being not on stress but rather success. And why coaching/teaching/instructing is totally worth it.

    In part one I made a point to talk about how stressful coaching can be. I used my kids competition team as an example.

    Look, coaching is stressful. I mean not all the time of course but it has it’s moments.

    It’s stressful and also requires a lot of hard work, and sacrifice.

    To be a good coach, and I mean the kind of coach that makes a difference and gets results, be prepared to work super hard.

    Anyone who’s ever coached, especially at a high level and been successful knows this full well. You don’t get results sitting on your rear flipping through channels.

    If you’re willing to work hard, do your homework and have a vested interest in the people you coach, success will often be the result.

    But what counts as success? Well that depends.

    A favorite moment of mine, watching my student Sean Garlington take 1st place at the NAGA NJ. Such a great feeling!
    A favorite moment of mine, watching my student Sean Garlington take 1st place at the NAGA NJ. Such a great feeling!

    Success comes in a number of different forms. Winning a gold medal at the Pan Am Games is success, so is helping a young boy to finally take a stand against the neighborhood bully.

    Again, successful coaching takes many different forms.

    Coaching can and should be a wonderful experience, for both student and teacher. In fact, It’s one of the most gratifying things a person can do.

    Think about it for a second, being able to take someone with two left feet and turn them into a champion, boy I’ll tell you what, it’s a feeling nothing on earth can replicate.

    And as stressful as it can be, I still to this day love coaching. I love helping people become the best they can be.

    I hope this all makes sense and clears up my last blog posts negative vibe. Pan Kids got to my nerves and it showed in my writing.

    For those Ivey League MMA students reading this, keep in mind we’ll be running our instructor training course in the new few months.

    You might make a great coach. If that sounds like your cup of tea shoot me an email and I’ll give you all the details. info@iveyleaguemma.com

    Speaking of coaching. See below, I’ve included some great videos to watch and learn from. This time, youtube serves as your coach 🙂

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