What a nice surprise this book by Dr. Rob Bell was. While checking out a recommended book on Amazon, his book popped up also. Not familiar with him, I was intrigued by the title. Knowing I have a commitment to reading a few coaching books this year, I went ahead and purchased it. Here are some quotes to illustrate why you could consider doing the same:
- Everyone is an athlete; our office is just different. Some of us are corporate athletes, sales athletes, or entrepreneur athletes. Being an athlete is an attitude and awareness. It means looking through our own lens of life as an athlete.
- True competition is me vs. me.
- Comparison is the thief of joy.
- When we focus on the differences between us, we are in comparison mode, believing we are better than or less than someone else.
- Talk about all stressful situations in non-stressful environments.
- When we are not all-in, we are just in the way.
- The chicken is invested in breakfast by supplying the eggs, but the pig is fully committed by providing the ham or bacon.
- Complaining is the first small sign of giving up.
- There are two types of pain, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
You can read this book because you are a coach. You could read this book because you need a coach. Or you could read this book to explore why you should consider being coached.
For example, Dr. Bell’s section on faith may help you explore yours in a new way. And his approach to mental toughness is encouraging and tool-giving to all readers, regardless of your reading agenda. My personal best takeaway of the entire book was the section entitled “Focus on the Similarities, not the Differences.”
You’ll have takeaways from this easily digestible book. Give it a look and improve how you are getting there.