Coaching Moment: Ask for solutions instead of making excuses

Josh Melendez
September 13, 2023
Coaching Moment: Ask for solutions instead of making excuses

One thing that you get exposed to as a coach, are excuses.

Being a coach for just over 8 years and owning CrossFit Be Someone for nearly 7 years, I have been exposed to every excuse possible.

I've had so many conversations with athletes throughout the years about their goals. When they tell me their goals initially, they are excited. And I completely understand why they feel excited. It just feels so good to talk about goals. Go and tell someone what you want to accomplish and see how you feel. The good feeling comes from the combination of "seeing your future" and the response you get from someone when they say "you can do it".  

But once that conversation is over and the emotions settle, reality sets in. In order for those goals to be accomplished, hard and consistent work is required. Discipline is required. Adjusting habits is required. Getting uncomfortable is required.

This is when the excuses begin to flow such as:

"I don't have time"

"I have to travel more than I thought"

"It's too hot"

"I have an injury"

"I'm busy with work"

"I'm tired from the day"

"I'm too old for this"

"This is not for me"

"It's too expensive"

"I have kids"

"The gym is far"

"I'm not as good as everyone else"

"I don't like feeling sore"

"I have a lot going on in my life"

"I'll just do it on my own"

You get it. This list of excuses can go on for days. And the thing about these excuses is that they will never help you achieve your goal. Your excuses is why that feeling of accomplishing your goals will not become a reality.

You DO have the ability to achieve your goal. You are just allowing your excuses to be more powerful than your desire to accomplish your goal.

My advise to you as a coach, instead of providing excuses, ask for solutions. That is why coaches like myself exist. We are here to help you with solutions. Helping you solve those solutions is what will help you keep moving forward.

And you may not completely like the solution, but that does not mean it won't work. That is part of accomplishing your goals. You will be required to step out of your comfort zone.

So I challenge you to stop making excuses to your coaches and start asking for solutions from your coaches and act on those solutions.

And when you act on those solutions, really good things happen to you.

Respectfully Sent,

Josh Melendez

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