Success is a funny word—mostly because the definition is
always changing. It’s a very personal thing.
How you define success defines what you aim for and what you
accomplish, and I used to think success was all about trophies and tryout
candidate numbers and the ever-elusive “prestige.” But, and this is just
between you and me, that stuff didn’t really end up being that important.
I mean, prestige is good and all, but it didn’t help me
build the kind of program I really wanted. I wanted a program with good athletes, but I also wanted one
that built good people and bonds that lasted beyond each person’s days on the
team. It should be a place where moments and memories are made. The hard part is that almost never happens naturally, and it
certainly doesn’t happen naturally year after year. I realized I was going to
have move into action. But, I never do that without first making a plan.
That’s where January comes in.
You’re a good bit into your season now. You’ve gotten the
hang of some of your teammates' quirks. You might also be getting into competition
preparation, but you know once that hits, tryouts will be here so fast.
So that makes January the perfect time to get ahead on your
next season. Here are a few ways you can do that:
January puts you over the hump in your cheer year: you’ve
gotten through the early days, which are often the busiest, and the holidays.
Now, you’ve got some headspace to really sit back and reflect on the year so far
by asking questions like...
- What has been good so far?
- What hasn’t been good so far?
- What changes need to be made to improve the
- To improve myself further?
In many ways, January is the calm before the storm. It’s
after football season, it’s before competition season really gets crazy, and
it’s just far enough out to start working on tryouts.
This is it—your chance to get ahead. You don’t have to
just get by in the hustle and bustle. January is the perfect time to start...
- Thinking through your big picture for the next
- Editing your handbook and other materials for
- Plotting out dates for next year’s big events
- Looking at uniforms
- Putting tryouts together
- Planning the end-of-the-year banquet or party
Even just starting on one or more of these things can help
you feel less rushed and stressed as the next season inches forward. If you
want to get a jumpstart on your planning, I can help you with my plan-a-thon
which starts soon. You
can sign up here.
Improve Your Skills
It’s the time of year that everyone is thinking about how to
improve themselves, but if we’re honest, we don’t always follow through. This year could be different for you and your team. It’s a new year and new chance to find some training or
conference to help you get better as a coach so you can lead your team to
victory on a few different levels this season and next.
Make a list of improvements or resolutions you want to make.
Then, start looking around for conferences or resources to help you get there.
If you need some suggestions, I’ve got
a list of them for you here.
You can make really January count this year by starting to
think about next year. If you want to get ahead and get organized for your next
me and some other coaches for my plan-a-thon.
January can be your secret ingredient to having a killer
next season, but you have to start now!