So the other day my 10 year old has a football match.
Now, at their level the home-team always provides the referee.
In this case their coach Joschi.
And Joschi is one of those “outstanding” coaches (in the sense of “he really stands out, head ‘n shoulders above all other coaches I know, and that’s despite the fact that he’s only 5-foot-and-a-little-bit;-):
throughout the game, he has them (both teams) re-take free kicks, kick-offs, throw-ins whenever they didn’t do it properly.
One time one of the little ones had to re-take a throw-in 3 times until he “got” that his feet have to stay on the ground.
But, Joschi’s mission first and foremost is that they learn how to play the game properly. So, he has them re-do it, even during a league-match.
But, of course, that’s not all:
Joschi is one of those guys who is “naturally” extremely encouraging … always finds something to praise – without taking sides.
I’d never seen a referee praise the ‘opposing’ team’s goal-keeper for a great save.
Or carry a player (again, ‘opposing’ team) off the pitch because he’s hurt himself.
Which brings me to one of the realities of Internet Marketing:
When is the last time you were praised for what you’re doing?
For most people it’s a case of ‘hiding’ what they’re doing from their friends and family just so they don’t have to face more “disillusioned eye-rolling”, blank stares when you’re trying to explain what you’re doing (and why you’re doing it), and well-intentioned put-downs (you’re better off getting a real job).
Not so easy to get some praise, no matter how much energy and effort you put into it.
Despite the fact that it’s a fact that positive praise is probably THE most powerful incentive to get, well, stuff done, learn and move on and upwards.
So, even though I have no idea WHAT you deserve a thumbs up for, here’s me, double thumbs-up to you for “sticking with it and making it happen”
Pat yourself on the back, tells what YOU deserve a praise for and have a wonderful day!