To Coach or Be Coached

To Coach or Be Coached that is the question.

When we come out of the womb we are given two very special coaches. I was blessed to have a mother and father that taught the following lessons to set myself up for success and be coachable.

  1. Set achievable goals – whether it is shooting free throws in the back yard or practicing piano for a recital or running a 5k – goals are important and when your reach one you can set another one to push yourself to the next level.
  2. Practice every day possible and get in a routine – the routine is important for motivation and consistency.
  3. Be a good teammate and be kind – people will pass you the ball and want to play on your team when you are kind and appreciate the talents that they bring to the court. When someone is sad or down on themselves, being kind to them and cheering them up is appreciated and goes a long way for friendships and team mates.
  4. You are not always going to be the star – appreciate your strengths and build on your weakness. You always have things to learn from others and second place or second from the last is commendable. You were strong enough to show up, toe the line and play the game.
  5. If you fail, or if you get hurt or injured give yourself the time to heal, rest and rebuild. Stay positive and when you build your strength up you have the potential to be stronger than ever.

My background in athletics in various sports includes running, triathlons, basketball, field hockey, softball, skiing (alpine, telemark and cross country), lacrosse, water skiing, kayaking, golf, rowing, and ping pong!

I have coached basketball at various camps and varsity girls basketball and junior varsity lacrosse for 3 years in Vermont. My training experience includes 21 years as a ski instructor and currently certified Professional Ski Instructors of America PSIA Level 3. In my career, I have trained staff and volunteers across the country for 20 plus years to raise money in the fight against cancer through Relay For Life as well as other fundraising events for the American Cancer Society. There are so many things I have learned through my coaching and training that helps me to be the best coach that I can be for others.

I love to coach. I love to watch people grow stronger in their sport, set goals and achieve them. I love to motivate and find a plan that fits each athlete, meeting them where they are in their life. Through trust and confidence building I am able to coach others to master their success in the area they choose.

To coach or be coached? My answer is both! In closing it is important as a coach that you are coachable and accept coaching yourself. It helps to be able to understand how different types of coaches guide differently and in the end be a better coach. Think about who have been your favorite coaches in all aspects of your life and how that has formulated you as an individual.

Coach me and I will learn.

Challenge me and I will grow.

Believe in me and I will win.

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About Nancy

Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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