The Lesson of Believing in Yourself

Happy Wednesday!

What a week! I am in love with my new coaching position, but am finding it is a lot harder to blog every morning with my schedule being different every single day. But that’s okay, because I love what I’m doing. I love that I don’t have a set schedule where I have to be behind a desk every single day and I love that I am working hands on with athletes. This past week I have learned more than I could ever explain to you in a single blog post, and to be honest, I don’t think I could explain it in words at all. These young women are teaching me so much about myself, about leadership and about life every single day and I am excited to be a part of it!

This past Sunday and Monday we had our first Women’s Golf Invite at our home course. I could see the nerves in all of my golfers, but they came out and fought through it. They all felt like they struggled, but I was so proud to see their mannerisms, how they acted on the course and how badly they wanted to get better.

IMG_1800As a coach, those are the things I care about more than winning. Sometimes, you learn more and get better when you have weekends like we had.

IMG_1812Now I have to share a story about what these girls have taught me so far. Last Friday, we had a Team Event where we needed all 9 girls to participate in order for it to work! One of my girls had to work so I had to step in and play. I have only played a few times since I broke my wrist and both times were with my family, so of course we weren’t playing serious golf. I psyched myself out so bad. Honestly, I was so nervous. I was thinking all the things I try to get my girls NOT to think, because let’s be honest, golf is such a mind game. And yup, I played awful all 9 holes. To top it all off, I was playing with our two seniors who are both good golfers. I was absolutely embarrassed.

I called my mom on my way home from practice and told her what an awful idea it was to play with these girls. How in the world will they listen or respect me now after seeing how bad I golfed?! I said never again will I do that. Never again. We had practice Saturday morning and I was a little nervous to see how they would respond from my performance the day before.

This is what I received:

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Even though I played awful, they drew me a picture and bought me the most amazing ice cream sandwich I have ever had! (You better believe I ate it at 10:00 a.m. in the morning too!)

This was my first lesson from my amazing team. They taught me to believe in myself, even if they don’t realize they taught me that. Even though they saw me play the worst golf game ever, they still respected me, they still love me and they still were asking me for advice. I completely stressed myself out by worrying about what they were thinking, when really, I shouldn’t ever worry what anyone is thinking and just believe in myself right?!

It’s crazy how sometimes, the ones we try to teach switch roles and teach us a little something about life! To me, that is one of the most rewarding things of this new job! šŸ™‚

xoxo

Marieanna

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