Lindsey Smith has always been athletic. She played sports in high school and went on to be a tri-sport athlete in college. This week on the Raising Competitors podcast, Smith talks about her journey through sports and life and shares tips on transitioning away from being a full-time athlete in a healthy and productive way.
For her, it came down to wanting to use her skills and life experiences for the good of others. As a coach, she’s fostered positive relationships with her athletes and used the same work ethic to raise two active and hardworking daughters of her own. She shows kids the power of going all in on a dream and working hard to reach a tough goal, and how to bounce back from that even if it doesn’t go as planned.
What You’ll Learn:
- Being uncomfortable is not a reason to give up
- Set large, specific goals for you and your team
- Connect with players and kids by understanding their motivations
- Foster a healthy, competitive mindset through cultivating work ethic
- Give back as a way to use an identity or life change for good
“There’s always somebody somewhere working harder.” -Lindsey Smith
“I think that coaching has been a great way for me to feel like, OK, I had all these really amazing opportunities in life and this great platform to experience things I never thought I would get to experience, and now can I help create that opportunity both for my own kids and for other kids within our community.” -Lindsey Smith
“Many times, I think we struggle with identity because we’re solely focused on ourselves, how we feel, what’s going on with us in this moment, instead of using it as an opportunity to ask where I can help others, what have I learned, where are my experiences, what can we (do to) help others do the same?” -Jake Thompson
“I don’t know that there’s a magic formula, but I think it’s knowing what your kid is good at and then holding them to a bar of excellence with that.” -Lindsey Smith
“If you can get to the root of the reason a kid is participating, it’s much easier to motivate them.” -Lindsey Smith
You can follow Lindsey Smith on Twitter and Instagram @LinzBSmith. You can also find updates on how Smith’s players are doing and track the school’s athletics department on Twitter by following Wellington Athletics @GoJagAthletics.