Lessons from Inside Out Coaching- the 20 Year Window


If you have been reading here the past few months than you know I’m a huge fan of Joe Ehrman’s Inside Out Coaching. I purchased 20 copies for my staff and they have all loved it. Every few weeks I’m going to try to focus on a lesson I learned form the book. In chapter 5 Coach Ehrman talked about the 20 Year Window. Basically Ehrman stated that you can’t truly evaluate yourself as a coach until you have reached the twenty year mark. Reading this created a really pleasant thought process for me as I reflected on all the wonderful people I have been able to coach over the last thirty years.

I tell our coaches every day that they are in the life-changing business and that it will take a long time before they see the full impact of their work. I am lucky enough to be able to look into so many areas ( sports, finance, health) and see so many people that I have been lucky enough to impact. Athletes I talked out of quitting, athletes I counseled through serious injury, non-scholarship athletes I encouraged to stick it out. So many of these athletes went on to great things, things that may not have been possible had they made different decisions. I have realized that I taught many of them about life, about perseverance and about how to treat others while I was functioning as a strength and conditioning coach. I used to laugh at the term “Life Coach” but, as I age, I am not so sure. I think those of us in strength and conditioning and personal training are life coaches, we just don’t realize it in the early years.

One thing I can tell all of you young readers is that some day you will look back fondly and realize that being a good person and a good role model counted for much more than you ever thought. Every day you go to work remind yourself that you have the ability to change lives.

Read Inside Out Coaching.

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9 Responses to “Lessons from Inside Out Coaching- the 20 Year Window”

  1. […] The 20 Year Window by Mike Boyle […]

  2. Being able to help improve other people’s lives and performance is one of the most gratifying experiences!

  3. Being able to help others improve their sport and life is one of the most gratifying experiences!

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  5. I will always have a special place for the first team I coached. Even when they were older and played for other teams, they would always come back for a workout or practice. I tell them that I’ll always be their coach. It’s just a special bond between player and coach.

  6. Awesome post, Mike. I completely agree that the impact that we as coaches, as well as team coaches, can have a tremendous impact on the athletes/clients that we work with. It may be there to provide support when our clients are dealing with a tough time in their lives, or simply providing them an atmosphere where they can excel.

    We have the opportunity to not only change lives, but save them as well. That is not something to be taken lightly.

  7. Perfect. Great post.

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