n the first part of this article we identified the importance of understanding the athlete’s story and our role as coaches in that story. We also shined a light on emerging adults and the stressors that this groups faces in a unique period of their lives. There is a growing body of research that is identifying many of the hurdles that must be overcome and some practical solutions as a leader in this groups story.
r. Tim Elmore is the founder of Growing Leaders which is a nonprofit organization that works to equip emerging adults with leadership skills. Dr. Elmore believes that this population does, “not need more information, but people in their lives to help interpret information”. He goes on to highlight the importance of the need for a figure in their life that is able to assist in understanding emotional intelligence or “self-awareness and self-management” as they work through issues while still having a perspective where, “they see a big picture, and it’s not about me.” “Tell them the future. This is where you are going.” He encourages! (Elmore 12 Sept. 2013)
imilarly, psychology research colleagues Gabriele Oettingen and Angela Duckworth promote the strategy of
which, “means concentrating on a positive outcome and simultaneously concentrating on obstacles along the way. Duckworth further explains that, “we need to get away from positive fantasizing about how we’re all growing up to be rich and famous, and start thinking about the obstacles that now stand in the way of getting to where we want to be.” (Tough 2012)
ime after time we find that the solution to answering questions of where we can help yields a similar result.. Emerging adults need a coach/mentor that will be a guide to show them how take a step back in order to see the big picture of overall goals, meaning, and when to focus on details in order to get over hurdles.