"people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
this is my approach to life. especially coaching. my kids don't care that i've played volleyball since i was 11. they don't care that i played in college (well, sometimes they do). they don't care that i know ridiculous rules and nitty gritty aspects of the game. that's all fine and good, but it makes no difference if i don't care about them as people first. if they don't respect me, it makes no difference what i know.
i want my kids to be better volleyball players when they leave me, but more importantly, i want them to be better young women. more confident. harder workers. more disciplined. more encouraging. and so on. they won't get that if they don't know how much i care about them individually. how committed i am to them. that i would do anything for them. that i want them to grow and develop as young women more than volleyball players. that i want them to know and encounter the joy of living each day for Christ's glory.
so, i make an effort each day to let them know how much i care about them. then, once they know that i care and they can trust me, my knowledge of the game will come in handy. and in the end, they'll be be better players and better young women too. mission: accomplished.
here's to letting people know you care,
live unashamedly :: laugh uncontrollably :: love unconditionally.