This is a follow up post to Boston Red Sox Strength Coach Mike Boyle’s from his “What Do I Make” blog. Mike talks about what he makes. He says” I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make them push through self-imposed limits… I make them competitive and teach them how to win with humility and lose with honor… I make a difference”. I thought this was a wonderful quote. I guess, some get into the private sector to create their own business and perhaps be profitable and rich one day. Then there are others who do it for the love fitness, the love of sports and the challenge to make an athlete better.
I think as a Strength Coach we have to look at “What we make”. We need to do an annual analysis on ourselves to make sure we are on the right path that we set out when we started our careers. We need to make sure that at the end of the day we can look in the mirror and like who we see looking back at us. Running a facility is physically and mentally draining. We are continuing to better ourselves through continuing education, making sure the facility is running properly and making revenue. After all of this we have to make sure we are making a difference, not producing a watered down cookie cutter program and creating athletes through proper programming.
So I challenge every coach out there to write down a sentence stating “What do I make” and stick with those values day in and day out. At the end of the day all we have is our beliefs and foundations that create who we are.