Writing is a gift we often take for granted
on distinct levels. Coaches normally use their journals or planners to record their sessions, or how they are going to line up over the weekend and we even take notes during practices and games. However, the notes that matter the most are the ones that are in our own minds.
I have been coaching for about 14 years now and I got into journaling daily about 2 years ago. Being able to put my thoughts on paper allows me to see where I am now, and where I want to go. Many times, I write about the same things repeatedly, but they appear differently on paper. Taking the time to be with my thoughts and reflect on my time on the field allows me to be able to focus my attention on the things that are going to be necessary for me to change the following day. My writing includes my goals, my dreams, my intentions and my daily struggles. There is nothing like seeing my thoughts in front of me at the end of the day.
As a mentor and coach this is a skill that I teach daily. Having a journal will not only help you improve your writing over time, but it can also track data, feelings, thoughts and even decisions. I have seen it repeatedly, those coaches and players that value their craft, know the importance of journaling. They improve at higher rates and at faster speeds. Beyond helping you track your days; it is also a wonderful way to communicate. When we have those inevitable player/coach meetings, having a journal will allow you to go back to specific moments and create meaningful conversation that will lead to changes in behavior on the field. The best part is that you can get started with a pen and paper, or your favorite device.
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