The following post was written by Coach Alan Stein on his Stronger Team Blog (Click the link to visit the blog). With some modifications for the sport you coach, it would make a great handout for your athletes.
At the least, I hope it provides some food for thought for you and your staff to help athletes understand the value of their attitude, the vibrations that they give out, and their body language. I definitely believe that everyone on the team either makes the atmosphere better or worse and that no one is ne
Every time you interact with another human being… you either give them energy (‘fill their bucket’) or you take their energy (‘drain their bucket.’). In every instance you are either an energygiver or an energy taker.
If you want to be successful in life, you need to not only be an energy giver… you need to surround yourself with energy givers.
Energy givers make those around them better. 9 out of 10 people adamantly admit they are more productive when they are around positive people (aka ‘energy givers’).
It’s pretty simple… if every member of your program (coaches and players) is an energy giver during a workout… the workout becomes more intense and more productive by default. Nothing else is possible! Obviously, if you have productive workouts on a consistent basis, you will make progress.
Not everyone can be 7 feet tall. Not everyone can jump out of the gym. But everyone can be an energy giver. Being an energy giver is a conscious choice. It is an attitude.
Energy givers raise the confidence of everyone they come in contact with. Energy givers improve morale, chemistry, and performance. Coaches and teammates covet players who areenergy givers.
Are you an energy giver?
During your off-season workouts, do you give energy by listening and being coachable? By being a supportive teammate? By being enthusiastic? By working as hard as you possibly can?
Or do you drain energy by loafing, arguing, and complaining?
If you want to stand out and really have college coaches take notice… then you need to be an energy giver!
Energy givers thank their teammates for a good play.
Energy givers help their teammates up.
Energy givers cheer their teammates on when they are not in the game.
Energy givers listen to their coach with their ears and their eyes.
Energy givers communicate with teammates.
Energy givers show up early and are prepared to workout, practice or play.
Energy givers always give that little extra. And it goes a long way.
Make a conscious effort to be an energy giver… it will pay off… trust me.