Today we are talking about traits that coaches value and look for in their student athletes that cost nothing but time, energy and work ethic. These traits also are what business owners, companies, managers, leaders and other people looking for talent expect. These traits set you apart from others and can make you a great player, worker, leader, parent, teacher, business owner and whatever it is you want to be. If I can get my athletes to learn these by my actions, behaviors and results then as a coach I have accomplished my goals and the rest will take care of itself.
1- Time management skills- Are you on time, are you early for class, practice, work and ready to go when the bell, alarm or clock strikes and its go time.
2- Great work ethic- Do you exhibit a work ethic that people cannot deny and one that shows you are a true go getter.
3- Positive energy- Are you a positive person that exudes positive traits and thoughts. Do people want to be around you and grow with you.
4- Positive attitude- Do you see the glass half full or half empty. Does your attitude reflect goodness, kindness, love and respect for others.
5- Being prepared- Are you prepped and ready for completing tasks, work assignments, school work and other demands life throws at you. Do you do what it takes to be ready to roll, ready to work and ready to win.
6- Passion- Are you passionate about your family, friends, job, sport or life. Passion can override talent and lots of other traits many times. Give me passionate learner and I will take that over talent any day of the week.
7- Discipline- Do you show discipline in your actions, behaviors and life. Do you have what it takes to be disciplined to work out, lift weights, run, manage your weight and help the team out. Are you disciplined to get out of bed and get to work and produce for your family and to meet your goals.
8- Communication skills- Can you openly communicate with people in a positive and meaningful way. Can you talk business like and not use slang and street terms in conversations. Are you a good listener and have positive skills people see when you communicate with them. Do you sound educated (I am not talking college educated).
9- Good body language- Do you carry yourself in a positive manner. Do you sit upright, keep good eye contact and other positive body language. Do you know how to present yourself, shake hands and make people feel relaxed around you. Are you too chilled at times and can you turn it on and off as needed.
10- Coachable- Lastly and most important to me. Are you coachable, teachable, and able to be mentored. Can you accept feedback and loss with dignity and respect. Are you part of the solution or part of the problem. Do you take advice from someone much older, more knowledgeable and experienced and apply it to become better. Or are you a hotshot know it all that will eventually fail because you know more about a 30 year veteran coach about your position or saw it on a video game. (believe me folks, this is a reality nowadays)!
There are other things you could put on this list. But these are the things that cost you nothing but time, energy and work ethic. These are the basic skills needed in sports, work, life and play that can make you successful whether you are a backup, first string star or do a common job. These skills will make you stand out in the crowd, rise above others and set you on a path that others envy and want to be on. They may not admit it, but ultimately they see your success and skill set and desire to be like you.