I know. It’s been a long time since I have written anything or given you any insight or coaching value in a while. I am very sorry for that. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, or Youtube, you see my daily content. I have been working and developing a lot there but just have neglected my writing and my blog for the last month. So without any more delay here’s what’s on my mind.
We have all heard the saying “curiosity killed the cat.” What if curiosity is what made the cat great?
Larry King, who has made his living speaking to people as a television talk show host, believes that asking questions is the secret of good conversation. He says,
I’m curious about everything, and if I’m at a cocktail party, I often ask my favorite question: “Why?” If a man tells me, he and his family are moving to another city: “Why?” A woman is changing jobs: “Why?” Someone roots for the Mets: “Why?”
On my television show, I probably use this word more than any other. It’s the greatest question ever asked, and it always will be. And it is certainly the surest way of keeping a conversation lively and interesting. “The John Maxwell Company.”. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jul. 2016 <http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/my-favorite-questions-to-ask-to-engage-others-an>.
Every day I set out to challenge my thinking, challenge what I know and challenge myself to be relational driven with players, coaches, friends, and my family. I believe in putting one foot in front of the other every day, and I believe in choosing curiosity when faced with challenge or difficulty. Maybe just maybe it wasn’t curiosity that killed the cat, but fear and doubt of what might happen if he stepped outside of his comfort zone. Being a lifetime learner I am always trying to read books of great minds and great thinkers. I also try to find people more successful than I am and ask them questions. So here are seven questions I want to leave you with today. Feel free to respond to this email or jump on my blog and leave them in the comments section. I want to bring a facilitator of good ideas in the coaching community, so I need your help.
1. What is the greatest lesson you have learned in coaching?
2. What are you learning now about coaching?
3. How has failure shaped your life as a player or as a coach?
4. Who do you know whom I should be aware of in the coaching community?
5. What have you read that I should read that has given you great ideas?
6. What have you done that I should do for players?
7. How can I add value to you and your players?