Are You Busy?

“Are you busy?”
“Keeping busy?”

My God. I must get asked if I’m busy at least every other day. And I’m guessing that if you’ve clicked on this piece that you know the feeling.

Being busy. For many, the litmus test for a coach to see if they’re any good. 

“Yeh big time!”
“Yeh everything’s going great!”
“Too much if anything!”

The litmus test.

Busy coach = good
Not busy coach = bad

Now I know for some people asking coaches if they’re busy almost doubles up as another way to say “hello”. Asking if we’re busy is almost the equivalent of saying,

“Lovely day today eh!”

They’re not looking for our life story. They just want filler.

“All good thank you” will do fine.

But for others, and in particular other coaches, asking if we’re busy is to check our proficiency. And it’s this that I sort of have a problem with.

I just don’t think being busy is a brilliant barometer for how proficient we are at coaching nor do I think it should be our dominant objective.

Look, a busy restaurant with a waiting list is normally a good sign. And yes, as a golf coach you would rather be too busy than too quiet but, and it’s a big but, should it hold so much relevance? Being so quiet that you’re desperate obviously isn’t great but being so busy that you’re constantly tired or you don’t spend precious time with loved ones surely isn’t either.

Nor do I think that we should be ashamed if we’re not busy. I know some brilliant coaches who are limited by how many clients they get by, amongst other things: location, how many other coaches at the facility, personal disposable income of those coming to the facility, coaching hours etc. Sometimes it’s a little bit out of our hands and it certainly doesn’t make us lesser coaches if we’re not. And, although to a certain extent one of the strings of our bow is that of salesmanship, we should not feel compelled to stretch the truth about our agenda either.

If you want to be really busy and give loads of lessons a day then that’s great. Honestly, it is. But for some it shouldn’t necessarily be the be all end all. Although it is reassuring to have a fuller diary, my own personal feeling is that we should worry about being “good” rather than being “busy”. Of course, if you’re “good” you’re probably more likely to be busy anyway but being good is achievable. We are in control of being good.

The best coaches are “good”, not necessarily “busy”.

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