The interesting thing about most needy people, especially when it comes to the sports world, is that they never quite fulfil their potential, there is always this continuous potential about them, that if you just hang in there long enough with them, they’ll get there.
But as always, the Needy People never fulfil that promised potential, that for some reason is tantalizingly just out of reach, and that is why it is a continuous potential because they never get there.
This continuous potential is a carrot they dangle in front of you as a coach, or a supporter, so you keep hanging in there with them, but ultimately, they always let you down.
Ultimately at the end of the day, the clue to why they never fulfil this continuous potential is in the word needy, for they want you to do all the work for them, whilst they reap the rewards, but as we all know, that’s never going to happen.
How often do you see it, a team that has all the goods, but never performs to their potential, and no coach ever lasts with them for more than two years. When the new coach is appointed, the team raises their game, performs well for 3 months, and then the slide begins, and then after about 18 months later a new coach is appointed and it starts all over again.
And the reason why the coach keeps getting replaced is because he is asking the needy players to work hard and improve their game, as all coaches are of wont. And the needy players reaction to all this, is to play well enough to just lose, hence giving everyone a false hope, the next thing that happens is that the coach loses the dressing room, the needy senior players takes over, and the coach is gone.
Does all of this sound familiar, can you recognise teams that go through this cycle, they always have potential but never perform, always championship winning teams every year, and always finish mid table, and no one can work out why?
The answer lies in that they are Needy People, and there the conversation shall stop.
A Needy Player will always have this continuous potential that they will never fulfil