The idea of “Bearfooting” around Alaska is really not so different than embarking on the journey as a new coach. In fact, most successful new coaches are probably already bearfooting without knowing it. According to one of Alaska’s travel magazines, Bear Foot, “Bearfooting” is a verb that means having a good time while on the road. It can also mean a state of mind where the journey is more important than the destination.
The Snares of Becoming a New Coach
One of the biggest pitfalls of new coaches is that they want a vacation lifestyle where they don’t have to work. Becoming a new coach means lots of work; often without pay. If you’re a new coach who is counting your hours, odds are against you getting enough momentum to become successful. In fact, the greatest predictor of success is your ability to have so much fun working you don’t care what day of the week it is or how long you’ve been working.
They Key To Success
Trekking around Alaska in the summer is interesting. You lose all track of the day when the sun doesn’t start going down until well after 11pm and being up at the crack of dawn is close to 4am. Just think about how much you could get done in a day. Without limitations in the number of daylight hours we were able to fully enjoy the fun of the moment. Our eventual destination was to make it back to Anchorage in time to make our flight but it was the journey that made the trip worthwhile.
If you are looking for success in your coaching business, you need to find the same spark to get you into the game. If you’re watching the clock, you’ll miss out on the fun of your own journey even if you eventually reach your destination.
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