Professional Athletes

In today’s world of professional sports, people are fascinated at others’ vulnerability and ability to fail. Fans, really don’t realize that professional athletes have private lives they go home to. They enjoy pretty much everyday activities that we all enjoy. Yet, people on the outside of the professional sports scene don’t realize the ups and downs in the lives of professional athletes and their families.

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As a professional athlete, there will be times that you will need a Professional sports life coach to help you deal with the pressures of playing professional sports and the blend of your day to day experiences outside of sports. How many times as a professional athlete have you thought; I sure could use some help with the problems in my life, or I have some bad habits I want to break. I need help in my relationships with my spouse, family, friends, teammates and fans, etc. For additional information you can contact Dr. Mike at mike@applicablecoaching.com or you can call him at 303.456.0555

However, related bad behavior can quickly turn on a player to being socially unwanted by teammates, fans, and even his family. That’s where a professional sports life coach can help you; they can keep you out of trouble and help you stay the course for a lifetime.

Many fans, and the media are saying, if you are making so much money, why do you need to get into all the crazy, immature activities you did in college and high school? These men need to grow up and stop acting like teenage boys. They need to realize that most of them are role models in some way or another. Also, not only are they role models, but they are representing a sponsoring company, whether it is their franchise or the professional sport they play in as a whole.

An arrest looks bad on the entire league and team they play on, and there have been far too many of them. However athletes have it a little different. When they get caught on a drunk-driving charge, caught illegally with a gun, or caught getting into a fight in the clubhouse, it’s all over the Internet. And the TV. As well as gossiped by fans, followers, and even people that don’t pay attention to sports.

My role as your Professional sports Life Coach is to help you during your career to stay focused on being the best in your sport on and off the field. To avoid the pitfalls that many professional athletes make during their careers. Mistakes that could have been easily avoided with proper professional sports life coaching. How many of today’s athletes have lost stock as a player, in their owners, coaches and GM’s and teammates eyes?

Coaching staffs on all professional teams will tell their players, be careful what you say and do in public. Me personally, I think it’s all about accountability, who are you accountable to? That’s something Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick has been preaching every season to his team, be accountable for your actions on and off the field.

Should pro athletes have an accountability partner relationship with their professional sports life coach? You bet they should! This is not the kind of accountability that you get from a friend, it’s the kind of accountability that a professional sports life coach can offer when you need right away! For example, when you are about to do something to get yourself into trouble, like; going into a bar and not having self-Imposed guidelines to keep you out of trouble, having an affair, using drugs, being around people that can get you into trouble with the law, gossiping about the coaching staff, or other players. As a result, many professional athletes develop a selfish and destructive sense of entitlement, which, of course, leads to all of this improper and illegal behavior. Here are some quotes from your peers.

“There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffet

“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something…hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys

“Be positive and work hard. I think it’s possible to overcome anything, if you’re willing to work at it.” — Sheryl Swoopes, three-time WNBA MVP

“We just want to win. That’s the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don’t really reflect on what we’ve done in the past. We focus on the present.” Derek Jeter New York Yankees

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy. NHL Wayne Gretzky Hockey Great

As a professional athlete there is a reputation that you must uphold, not only for yourself, but for the league and city you play for. Children will look up to you, as their parents will. The city you live in and play for will embrace you as one of their own. Life will be good, when you follow the rules!

One of the first things I recommend to protect yourself is that you hire a professional sports Life Coach who deals only with professional athletes. A life coach can help you enhance your career, and protect you from making the mistakes of former pro athletes, that cost them their jobs. The area’s that I can help you with is:

• Dealing with life under the spotlight, “image is everything.” Can you imagine being watched by everyone you come into contact with? Every move you make will be talked about by the press, fans, GM’s, coaches and owners. There really is no privacy in professional sports. Having someone help you understand the importance of keeping your image clean before the public, will and can keep you out of trouble.

• What it means to be a role model, Let’s face it when you have civic groups, charities, news media, kids and their parents looking up to you as a role model for their children, and community, you are in the communities eye. I can help you with the tools to be a good role model and enjoy helping others.

• Establishing a strong and positive support system, You will need a life coach who can objectively focus on what your needs are and how to have a balance in those needs. When you have what seems like the world falling around your ears, you can call your life coach and bounce your feelings and get some positive feedback back on how to handle the situation, without causing you any harm.

• Goal setting, planning and positive decision making, While you’re in your professional career, there will be times when you need to set future goals for your family, work ethics, life after professional sports. When you have a life coach committed to help you make tough decisions there is comfort in that.

• Avoiding negative influences (drugs, alcohol, groupies, etc.) This is one area that younger professional athletes get themselves into trouble. Did you know that the value of your stock as an athlete goes down when you have been into trouble with drugs and the law? You become a liability to yourself, owners, coaches and your teammates. You will have a difficult time getting top dollar for your talents when you are a known troublemaker.

• Righting the ship if or when troubles or difficulties do arise. OK, you have gotten yourself into trouble, and you want to make things right with your teammates, coaches, owners, fans and the press. Would you know what to do? Would you have a strategic plan that would keep you out of future trouble? Would you like to know that someone could help you implement this into your life immediately? That’s what my commitment to you would be, making sure that it doesn’t happen again!

• Understanding the value of team commitment, In today’s professional sports, many athletes feel that a team’s self worth should be centered on a star athlete or themselves. I’m sure we all can come up with an athlete who wanted all the attention, and played for their stats and not the team. The secret of being successful in professional sports is using your God given talents for the entire team. Team commitment is critical for success and your future as a professional athlete.

• Keeping your relationships healthy with your spouse/partner, children and family. The divorce rate for professional athletes is at an alarming rate of and this is by common estimates among athletes and agents. The divorce rate for pro athlete’s ranges from 60% to 80%. You want to keep a healthy relationship? Then you need to know how to make that happen, and I can help you with strengthening your relationship/marriage that will last and be a safe place for you.

• On call 24/7 emergency consultation. All calls are confidential and your privacy is protected. So, you need to talk to someone, someone who has your best interests to protect you and look out for you. You may need advice during an argument with your spouse/partner or a friend, and you don’t know what to do! You’re dealing with personal issues that hit you at 3 AM, and you need a listening ear that will not judge you, but listen to you. That’s what the 24/7 emergency consultation service is for. If you need help and have questions on how I can help you, call Dr. Mike at 303.456.0555

Knowing that you have someone who you can count on, when you need them is crucial to being successful in professional sports. That’s one of the problems professional athletes face today. They don’t have anyone they can talk to on a professional level and on a regular basis. You don’t need a psychologist, you don’t need a counselor to talk about making plans for your future! You need someone who can understand your present and future needs and to look out for you. That’s my job as your Professional sports life coach. Before life coaches, if you had problems you talked to your friends, (usually bad advice.) Your high school or college coach was always busy and you didn’t want to bother them. Now as your life coach, you can count on someone who is there for you 24/7. For additional information you can contact Dr. Mike at mike@applicablecoaching.com or you can call him at 303.456.0555

I work with professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, WNBA, NASCAR, PGA, and LPGA.

Professional sports Life Coaching is affordable, accessible, anonymous, and available by phone appointments, from the privacy of your own home. Avoid the travel and time it takes to get my office. Since you never have to leave the comfort of your own home to meet with me, your anonymity and privacy is completely secured. I have many out of state clients, who prefer phone sessions, this is the most effective means for Professional sports Life Coaching for those of you who are out of the state of Colorado.

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Online/phone Life Coaching is not appropriate for all kinds of problems. If you have suicidal thoughts, it’s important that you seek help immediately. You are not alone. If you are located in the US, call 1-800-784-2433 or 911 and ask for help.