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Work and Play with Nancy Ray

Oct 29, 2019

Welcome to the Nancy Ray Book Club where every once in a while I'll review a book I've just read with many of you. A book that I believe is worth reading and I'll share my top three takeaways from that book. Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on The Coaching Habit, and a few ideas and practices that have really stuck with me since reading it. 

Okay, have you ever seen the show Friday Night Lights? It's a show all about high school football in Texas and what a big deal it is. If you've never seen it, I definitely recommend you watching it because it's one of mine and Will's favorite shows. There are a million reasons that I love Friday Night Lights, but I think one of the things I love most about it is it shows you how you can have an impact on a person's life.

Coach Taylor and Tammy Taylor, they consistently have this massive impact on these young men and women. They're honest, they're humble, but they're also bold and they speak life and encouragement to these kids when a lot of times these kids are at their absolute worst.

Okay, so what does this have to do with the book, The Coaching Habit? Well, for one, I've never been a coach. I don't even know what it's like to have an athletic coach because I've never played any team sports. I was not very athletic growing up at all, but it kind of just boils down to my love for Coach Taylor and Tammy Taylor because they coach and guide and lead and speak life into anybody who crosses their path, whether it's a friend high school or on the football team, their daughter or each other.

This show showed me you don't have to be an actual professional coach to be a in someone's life, if you know what I mean. So The Coaching Habit, the book, simply teaches you to ask better questions in order to be a better coach. The subtitle of the book is Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. I think today there's so many people willing and ready to give advice around every corner, but when I think back to my own life, the most significant times that someone has helped me make a difficult decision is times when they've asked me really good questions and I came to the conclusion on my own. Research even shows that when you come to an answer on your own without being told what to do, dopamine is released in your brain and it's much more rewarding and more likely for you to stick with the decision than if someone just handed you the answer.

So, that’s what we’re going to be talking about today in this episode about the book “The Coaching Habit!”

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