Manny Matsakis

A Football Coach’s Guide to Self Assessment

Annual Personal Inventory: Analyze Your Past

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Today I went through my morning ritual and I was inspired to create some information to get the New Year rolling with a self assessment. Realize that the New Year can start at any time. For most of us, it’s on January 1st. However, you can start the New Year when you are compelled to make a change and move forward.

Making a change shouldn’t be tied to the Gregorian calendar; it’s one of the most common causes of failure.

Self Assessment: Do Not Wait

The time will never be perfect. Start where you are and work with your current situation to take command of your future. New Year’s resolutions are useless.

In my estimation, It’s because most people check in on these commitments….

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At the beginning of the next year!

We have these great intentions to lose weight, get more productive, create special relationships and then decide to check up on our progress 12 months later. In my reading this morning, I came along a valuable tool that I’d like to share with you to set you up for victory.

Think & Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill wrote one of the greatest books of all time, Think and Grow Rich. He takes the concept of an annual self-analysis and develops a 28-question inventory for his reader. What follows is an application of his concept for you as a football coach. Even though his questions deal with the marketing of personal services you should see the coaching profession as your personal service.

Take this inventory by asking yourself the following questions, and, if possible, check your answers with the aid of someone who will “hold your feet to the fire” as to the accuracy of your responses.

Note: When you see the word “services” just replace it with “coaching.”

Self Assessment: Personal Inventory

  1. Have I attained the goal which I established as my objective for this year?
  2. Have I delivered service of the best possible QUALITY of which I was capable, or could I have improved any part of this service?
  3. Have I performed service of the best possible QUANTITY of which I was capable?
  4. Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious, and cooperative at all times?
  5. Have I permitted the habit of PROCRASTINATION to decrease my efficiency, and if so, to what extent?
  6. Have I improved my PERSONALITY, and if so, in what ways?
  7. Have I been PERSISTENT in following my plans through to completion?
  8. Have I reached DECISIONS PROMPTLY AND DEFINITELY on all occasions?
  9. Have I permitted any one of my fears to decrease my efficiency?
  10. Have I been either “over-cautious” or “under-cautious?”
  11. Has my relationship with my associates in work been pleasant or unpleasant? If it has been unpleasant, has the fault been partly, or wholly mine?
  12. Have I dissipated any of my energy through lack of CONCENTRATION of effort?
  13. Have I been open-minded and tolerant in connection with all subjects?
  14. In what way have I improved my ability to render service?
  15. Have I been intemperate in any of my habits? (Excessive indulgence)
  16. Have I expressed, either openly or secretly, any form of EGOTISM?
  17. Has my conduct toward my associates been that it has induced them to RESPECT me?
  18. Have my opinions and DECISIONS been based upon guesswork or accuracy of analysis and THOUGHT?
  19. Have I followed the habit of budgeting my time, my expenses, my income, and have I been conservative in these budgets?
  20. How much time have I devoted to UNPROFITABLE effort which I might have used to better advantage?
  21. How may I RE-BUDGET my time, and change my habits so I will be more efficient during the coming year?
  22. Have I been guilty of any conduct which was not approved by my conscience?
  23. In what ways have I rendered MORE SERVICE AND BETTER SERVICE than I was paid to render?
  24. Have I been unfair to anyone, and if so, in what way?
  25. If I had been the purchaser of my own services for the year, would I be satisfied with my purchase?
  26. Am I in the right vocation, and if not, why not?
  27. Has the purchaser of my services been satisfied with the service I have rendered, and if not, why not?
  28. What is my current rating on the fundamental principles of success? Make this rating fairly, and frankly, and have it checked by someone who is courageous enough to do it accurately. (Excerpt: Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill)

Now, the book I took this from was written in 1937! However, the information you’ll acquire from taking this inventory is still valuable to creating the coaching career you desire.

Your Past is Not Your Future

"Things do not change; we change."

There is nothing like an honest look at yourself in the mirror to propel you to take your career to the next level. I have found so many resources in the last three decades that have helped players and coaches alike to make profound changes in their lives. This is just one of them and I’ll be sending more information your way in the months ahead.

It is my goal to develop these resources so that you may propel yourself to lead others to extraordinary heights.

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