It’s Time to Take a Break

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Have you ever felt like the daily grind of coaching is just like that of a hamster wheel? You constantly work so hard, giving so much effort, but you still find yourself running in circles without really ever going anywhere? If that sounds like what you’re feeling this summer, I have some encouragement for you that can help take you off that grind.

Finding balance during the months of June and July can be tough. You’ve got things you’re excited to enjoy – good weather, family, a break from the school year – but you’re also fully invested in off-season player development and summer basketball. Here’s my encouragement for you: take a break. Yes, it’s simple, but it’s also incredibly needed. 

I once heard Andy Stanley say that we ought to fire ourselves at least once a month. I agree. There’s power in stepping away from the weeds one day each month and getting out of the daily grind. As coaches, we often find ourselves plugging holes with our fingers and putting band-aids on things for a momentary fix, but before we know it, we’re in a whirlwind and our program is falling apart around us. What happens is we don’t take enough time to step back and look at the big picture. 

That’s why it’s time to fire yourself.

Find one day this month and next month where you can step outside of your daily routine, outside of the immediacy of your program, and take a 30,000-foot view of everything you’re doing with your program and yourself as a coach. From the relationships that you’re building to the daily drills you’re working on, whatever it might be. Spending a day zoomed out will serve you in taking a step back and allow you to get some big picture perspective. 

That’s my encouragement to you today. This summer, stop grinding through the day-to-day pieces of your program. Instead, intentionally take time to step back, take a deep breath, and evaluate your program as a whole. You’ll be glad you did.

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