What I Learned Speaking to the NFL Strength Coaches

I delivered the keynote to the NFL Strength Coaches banquet this week to basically kick off the NFL scouting combine. 

It was really cool. I love coaches and it was humbling to have these giants talk with me about their own Hinge moments and mental toughness. 

It was a fantastic dinner, listening to great stories, and just meeting such inspiring coaches. 

They gave the awards after the dinner and Jerry Palmieri received the lifetime achievement award. He wonderfully represents the NFL strength coaches. He just retired from the Giants and has been in strength coaching since 1983. 

He gave an excellent speech and talked about the three things he learned from coaching. It was after he mentioned all of his mentors and proteges in the room that it dawned on me. 

This guy has personally coached thousands of athletes and mentored hundreds of other strength coaches. You can safely estimate that the guys he deeply impacted and directly changed their lives just because of his coaching is generational. 

Then, from the people he directed impacted to the many numbers of people that they themselves impacted gets pretty mind boggling. 

When I looked around the room at the head NFL strength coaches and the assistant NFL strength coaches, the sheer number of people and families influenced, changed, and impacted in some fashion from the coaches in that room was easily in the millions! MILLIONS. 

Coaches truly are the most important hinge in people’s lives. 

The best part is that everyone is a coach!

You can’t know the number of people that you impact, but you do make a difference. 

The world is different because that you are in it. If we focus on making it better and impacting people, our lives change as well.  

Thanks to all the people who started the 30 Days to Mental Toughness Challenge. Excited that you’re taking part and creating a better YOU and US. Sorry, if you missed out on this round. Next month begins another challenge. 

Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness 

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