Coach’s Corner with Mickey Garrison

Back in 2014 I accepted a head coach position in high school football thinking I could transform a struggling program. What I quickly learned was that having confidence and passion to achieve a goal was only half of what would be required to achieve the goal. Having little experience at this level, I overestimated the effect of merely injecting positive energy into these kids and I devalued having a structure for the details of WHAT we had to actually do.  In the next three years I found myself trying to build this plane while flying it. It never even left the runway.


We all possess a unique set of skills that can serve us and aid in our quest to build an extraordinary life of purpose. The difference between the few who achieve this goal and the masses who fall short is designing the plan on WHAT steps have to be taken. What attitude and perspective upgrades are needed?  What behaviors need changing?  What actions must take place?  For the minority who consciously takes control of these details, changes begin to shape a path toward a goal that becomes attainable. Our lives stop being molded by the circumstances around us, and we take charge of the design ourselves.  Snooze buttons become obsolete. Motivation is found in every subsequent step because you see the progression. Every day has meaning. Your actions serve a distinct purpose.


What do you want to achieve?  Who do you want to become?  Start with an honest evaluation of where you are currently – and then chart your detailed plan of how to reach the destination you choose.  Then just begin.


About the Author: Mickey Garrison is a retired Kentucky teacher, counselor, and coach of over 25 years. He is a Licensed Life Coach and works at Emerald Therapy Center LLC. 

Emerald Therapy Center LLC

Emerald Therapy Center LLC is headquartered in Paducah, KY and was established with the goal of providing exceptional mental health services to the Purchase region. Emerald has grown and expanded our services to fit the needs of the communities that we now serve. We provide therapy, counseling, and life coaching in our Paducah home office, as well as our new location in Murray, KY. 

Our staff have extensive experience helping people in our community address a range of issues that they are struggling with. We are able to provide services such as individual counseling sessions, support groups, education classes, life coaching and retreats throughout the region. Our mission is to help our clients function at their highest level. 

At Emerald, there isn’t a one-size fits all approach to therapy because we are able to adapt to your specific needs and goals. We know that your best days are ahead, and we want to help you along the path to get there. Through this blog, we intend to share focus articles based on the four foundations of wellness which are emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial. These four foundations are the heart of our practice.