Realize that if a coach is coaching you hard, 99.99% of the time it’s because they see something in you and they’re trying to coach it out of you. Maximize what you’ve got. Show a willingness to accept coaching!
We’ve got a lot of guys who are just willing to just do what they’re told to do. You have to ask yourself, ‘How can I get better?’ You’ve got to be willing to step out of your shell. Sure, you may go through different things in life, you may not trust everyone that talks to you, but that’s life in general. You’re going to have to lay it out on the line, and start to endear yourself to people and teammates.
Same thing with your coaches. Most coaches really want to connect with their players and if players don’t want to connect, coaches will move on in a heartbeat! There’s always a guy who will take your place! Don’t be that guy! You have a very small window and if you miss your opportunity because of stubbornness or unwillingness, YOU are allowing your opportunity to slip by.
The guys who struggle to take coaching– a lot of the time the home dynamic, how they’ve been raised, tells you a lot of why it’s such a struggle for coaches. The home dynamic is so important. Unwillingness to take coaching, it’s not something new, it’s a pattern. A lot of things become extraordinarily clear when you dig into the player’s background. There’s a why.
A lot of stuff carries over from one aspect of your life to the next. You’ve got to get out of your shell, to be more of a leader, to develop your work ethic, you have to become more vocal– those things have to become important to you. You’ve got to be a finisher on all phases. We’ve got a lot of guys out there who aren’t finishers. You’ve got to love what you do. You’ve got to be willing to get better on your own.