I watched some Joel Osteen video and he talked about ‘critics’.
Osteen talked about ‘not fighting them’, which most of us do. He mentioned to ‘rise up higher’ than the people who want to bring us down. Don’t waste valuable and precious time with these types of people.
In coaching we like to call it ‘taking the high road’. And it’s something we as coaches should always be working on. Sure your initial reaction when you hear someone criticize you or your team is to lash back at them – Osteen reminds us to ‘let your actions do the talking’. A good friend of mine always reminds me to, ‘Kill ‘em with Kindness’. So that’s what I try to do when faced with critics – and if you coach, you’ll come up against them no matter what.
Because you see, in our profession we are faced with decisions every day; especially game situations. Who to play, how much to play that athlete and making correct calls during contests. Not all are going to agree with what we decide on. We can’t play everyone – can’t run the play that someone in the stands wants us to run, and we can’t recruit every kid out there to come to our school and represent our institution.
I try to improve as a coach/person every day and I try to keep my team focused on the task at hand. We go hard in practice and we ask for maximum effort for 90-120 minutes. We ask that the players buy into the team concept.
Most critics are jealous or are down right mean. Maybe they don’t want to see you succeed, maybe they wish they were in your position?
Like Osteen says, “stop trying to get even with critics…”
Coach your team, work them in practice, make the decision you feel is best.