The next in my A-Z of coaching…..
Every child that joins a swimming club has a Dream. They want to win races, to get better and, ultimately, go to the Olympics.
Dreams are aspiration desires. Dreams should be BIG, dreams that don’t scare you, dreams that don’t get you out of bed every single day are simply not big enough.
Those people who achieve their dreams are those who have the DRIVE to transform their dreams into goals.
The D in my A-Z is therefore Drive.
To be driven is to be compelled to act in a particular way, especially one that may be considered difficult.
There is no doubt that sport if difficult. No ‘normal’ people would do it. Its a lot of early mornings and long weekends. Its dealing with injuries and disappointments. Its antisocial.
It takes special people to stick at sport for the long haul, to reach the very top.
It takes people with Drive
Personally the thing that drives me is the desire to prove that I know what I am doing
I consider myself to have been incredibly lucky as a coach, I have coaches some athletes who have been exceptional Irish swimmers but there is always that little doubt at the back of my head. The reality that those athletes would in all likelihood have achieved at least as much, if not more, elsewhere.
If my desire is to become as good as I can be, to be as close to world class as possible, then I believe I need to assist athletes to reach their fullest potential on a consistent basis. It is this drive that wakens me every morning at 5am, that makes the decision to say no to nights out an easy one.
It is my belief that no matter what area of life you have ambition in, without drive your dreams will remain just that.