How are you staying consistent?
In honor of the UConn women’s basketball team and their amazing 100 game win streak, I think it’s appropriate to chat this week about consistency. As a basketball coach, staying consistent should be high on your list of priorities. During my career, my teams had 23 consecutive seasons of .500 or better. As I preached consistency, the players responded. I learned many things in regards to being consistent. Below are some tips I have compiled for you. Let me know how you stay consistent in your daily routines. Enjoy.
- Understand your “why”. Your team must know their values and reasoning for competing. As a unit, what is your “why”? What makes you tick?
- Consistently improve yourself. Before you seek to improve others, you must improve yourself. Constant and never-ending Improvement (CANEI) is what I always strive for. How do you consistently improve yourself?
- Build trust. Consistency in building trust takes hard work. Prove to your team that they can trust you will do what you say. Lead by example and your team will follow.
- Raise your standards. Play and operate to your own standards you set for yourself as a team. Always think to yourself “how can we get better?” and you will consistently grow.
- Seek feedback. Consistency is built upon feedback and help from others. You can’t do it yourself and it always helps to welcome a second (or third) opinion. When was the last time someone offered you their feedback? How did you receive it?
Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson lead the Greece Athena boys basketball team to 14 straight final fours of their NY State Sectional tournament and the team this season has kept that streak alive, continuing their run with a semi-final game today.
Life Tip #25: Always lead by example