You can gain all the strength in the world, all of the friends in the world and can receive the greatest medals, but without love, I have come to find that I in fact, gain nothing.
Whether this is love for a job, a hobby, a person, or simply loving yourself, I encourage you to find it!
I could coach an athlete every single day for the rest of my life, but if my passion for the sport and for others was not fueled by love, my encouragement would run dry. Without love, people become impatient, anxious, roughed up, boastful, prideful, jealous and angry. Can you imagine what kind of coach that would make me and what kind of athletes I would be producing?
Much of coaching is internal, just as much as it is external. Coaching the mind is one of the hardest things to do. Whether it is trying to get an athlete to believe in themselves, conquer a fear, not cave into temptation, or push that big red button in their mind that says “quit”. If I, as a coach, can’t love them first as the person they are, then my encouragement will fall on deaf ears.
People pick up instantly on whether someone truly cares about them and their success or not. If my athlete gains all the strength in the world, yet still does not love themselves, I have gained nothing. If my athlete wins all of the competitions in the world, yet has a poor mental mindset and a poor attitude, I have gained nothing as a coach. For strength will come and go, medals will come and go, but love will endure forever.
Love never gives up, it is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Love is a great force that never runs dry and when found in it’s purest, untainted form, I see the most achievement in myself and other people.
Three things will last forever- faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13