Coachability is an extremely important trait in all athletes, but for young athletes, it may be one of the most important.
This is due in large part because of the learning curve of youth sports. It is a time dedicated to learning the fundamentals of the game and developing the skills you need to continue playing at higher levels of competition.
Coachability is so important when it comes to your sports, the Being Coachable Mental Gym workout is actually broken up into two parts.
4 Traits of Coachable Athletes
To begin with, it is important to know the four most common traits found in athletes who are considered coachable:
(1) Humility — Being humble is a key component of being coachable. This is because being humble means you accept criticism and realize that you have some work to do before you reach your full potential.
As someone who is humble, you will realize you can’t do it all on your own, and that is where your coaches come in.
Young athletes who possess humility know their coaches are there to help them overcome and learn the things they couldn’t on their own.
When a coach corrects them, or suggests a certain adjustment, a humble athlete will take that information into consideration and figure out how to use it to better themselves, because they know they aren’t perfect athletes.
Essentially, humility in the context of coachability means being comfortable in the fact that as a young athlete, you don’t even know what you don’t know. You are eager to learn and ready to listen to the guidance your coach will provide, because you know it will make you better.
(2) Surrender Control — There is a problem most people have when trying to better themselves, and that is they tend to not believe someone who is trying to help them until they have already seen some results.
The issue with this line of thinking is that you will not see results until you open up yourself to the coaching you are receiving, surrendering control to your coach so they can guide you in the right direction is vital.
By withholding some of the control you would normally fully give to your coach, you are limiting your own abilities to improve by restricting the effectiveness in which they can instruct and train you.
(3) Be Action-Oriented — This one is pretty obvious and simple. In order to get better and be coachable, you have to be willing to actually put in the work!
Athletes who are action-oriented are ready to do whatever is necessary to reach their goals.
No matter the amount of work the coach tells them it will take, they are raring to go. It’s one thing to understand and visualize what your coach is trying to teach you — it’s another thing to get out on the field and put it into practice.
(4) Intrinsically Motivated — If you’re looking to play sports only for people to tell you how great you are, then you won’t be coachable in any way. A truly coachable athlete is one who motivated to get better for themselves.
Bring intrinsically motivated means not only do you want to improve your game, but you are ready to listen to whoever can help you achieve that.
An athlete who is intrinsically motivated will recognize the effort put into achieving their goals is worth it and will help their team be successful. An athlete who wants to improve for their own good is easier to coach than one who does not.
You can learn more about being coachable and get a personalized step-by-step look at each of these coachable traits by checking out our Mental Gym workout on this exact topic by searching for it HERE.
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