How does Sean's track and field coaching correlate with his career?
It's goal setting and goal achievement.
In Sean's role as a track and field coach, he scouts and recruits new high-school athletes to join their team. Many of these new athletes think that they're the best at what they do when they enter college because they were at the top of their sport in high school.
A couple of months after starting, they begin to realize that they're in a new league and people around them are performing at a different level.
All of a sudden, they don't know how to catch up anymore. At this point, they become discouraged. This same scenario happens at work too.
Sean recalled that there was one athlete back then who experienced this exact scenario. In his first year, he joined the team thinking he could do the same things, be on the same path and it would all work out the same. He was top in the region in high school, then he went about his business that first year his own way.
Sean knew back then what was going to happen but he didn't put a plan in front of him. Sean let him fail. The athlete had to experience that pain first, to really realize and start buckling down, so he would adjust.
The athlete ended up getting last place in a race that he at the beginning of the year said he would be the first place in. He missed his goals. And that's when he started asking what was the problem.
The problem was he didn't have a goal. Because he didn't have a goal, he didn't have a plan to incrementally improve. Therefore, he got really overwhelmed by the end of the season.
Goal setting and goal achievement is a lifelong iterative process to get better and better in the beginning. You can't do it in just a day. It is an adjustment process.