How to Coach Yourself Better in 17 Minutes

Following the rather lengthy how-to article that I published a week ago talking about the process of going into coaching, I decided to stay close to the same train of thought for this post.

This week I would like to showcase the work of another coach, one whom I do not know in person, but whom I’m swiftly gaining a tremendous amount of respect for.

Brett Ledbetter is the creator of a website and course that talks about how the art and science of coaching can be done better. He describes winning as “a process driven by character,” and has done extensive research on the different aspects of a person’s character that move this process forward.

In the following video, Brett explains the concept of coaching yourself and playing/living in the present moment. This powerful video should pique your curiosity if you are either a coach or someone who lives or works in an intense, results-driven environment. At the very least, it should challenge you to look at how you treat yourself in a profound new way. Enjoy the show!

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Happy coaching!

 

-MB

How To Become A Sports Coach (Even If You’ve Never Played The Sport…)

Have you ever wanted to coach a sport? Were you once an athlete who played a game, and then decided that coaching could be a vehicle through which you could touch and impact others? Have you been a fan who adores everything about a particular sport’s existence, and want to take your passion one step further and get involved in the action? Are you ready to move from the crowd to the bench, or from wearing a jersey to a whistle? Buckle up, because this post will help show you the way!

Before going any further, let me try and put to bed a common misconception that to be a sports coach you must have first played the sport previously. This is false, and is just a self-imposed limit that you have put on yourself. I don’t blame you for it – society reinforces this notion frequently! However, just because you have not formally done something yourself doesn’t mean you cannot discover the knowledge base, techniques and tactics needed to teach yourself (and others) how to do it!

Does personal experience help? Yes, it absolutely can! Having lived what you teach or coach can provide you with unique insight and credibility – a must-have characteristic of all leaders.

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The Expense Report – 2016

OK, this should be fun! This post is the first of an annual series that I will publish, usually around this time of the year. It will be pretty much what the title alludes to: my total expenditures from the previous calendar year, with comments on what I would like to reduce/change/improve going forward. But before I go any further, there is one big question that I’m sure a bunch of you out there are asking right now:

“Why on Earth is this guy doing this??”

The rationale behind this kind of post is pretty simple – it’s an accountability piece. It’s for me as much as it is for anyone else (although it may also be a decent demonstration of how to build simple budgets…for those who are in search of a way to do it!). It’s a demonstration of what a person who has early financial independence as a goal can do once their brain is wired to pursue its achievement. My approach and my openness isn’t anything new and it’s the modern father of frugality, Mr. Money Mustache, who has inspired me to be so forthcoming. I’ll give some secondary kudos to an up-and-coming millennial blogger, Gwen from Fiery Millennials, for her work on publishing monthly status reports as well. I admire her honesty and sense of humour when talk about this subject!

Note: the name of this report doesn’t have the word “income” in it. For the time being, I’m not yet comfortable publishing these kinds of numbers. That may change one day though…

My process isn’t perfect: although Mint.com allows me to track all of my electronic transactions, I’ve let $800 in undefined cash purchases slip through the cracks. It’s rare that I use cash, however, so the impact of omitting some of my purchases isn’t huge in the grand scheme of things. Still, it does prove that I have something to improve on as I track my spending! I typically use cash to pay for things such as the occasional dry cleaning bill, some haircuts, the odd drink, and the (very) odd cab ride, so those are the areas of spending (laundry, grooming, alcohol & transport) that would have reflected my use of cash.

Upon further review, I found one final loophole: I spent approximately $300 across a range of random purchases, including things such as a (now-cancelled) newspaper subscription, some kitchen items, as well as a few music downloads. I’m going to add this amount (and the $800 in cash spending) to my final 2016 expenditure total toward the end of the post.

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