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S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 11: Long Haul

  • control the controllables
  • time management
  • effort
  • energy
  • how to weekend
  • refuel
  • chaos
  • overwhelmed
  • rehab
  • recovery
  • rest
  • success
  • Work ethic

It takes perseverance to reach a long-term goal or turn a big dream into reality. Our students are great at dreaming big, so this week we’re teaching them a character trait that will help them reach those dreams: Perseverance We teach our students how to persevere by giving them challenges that will take a couple of times to get right. We teach them to persevere by focusing on what they learn from mistakes instead of the mistakes themselves.

S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 12: Speak Loudly

  • be prepared
  • how to be a leader
  • smile
  • body language
  • take action
  • actions speak louder than words
  • introvert
  • overwhelmed
  • Servant leadershi

A leader doesn’t have to be a speaker or an extrovert. A leader’s actions speak loudly whether they talk aloud or not. Things like showing up prepared and on time, standing tall when you’re tired, and smiling just in general, all tell your teammates more about your leadership abilities than your words ever could. If you want to be a leader, don’t worry so much about speaking loudly with your words; instead, speak loudly with your actions.

S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 13: Defined or Refined

  • learning from mistakes
  • loss
  • grief
  • getting over a mistake
  • overcoming obstacles
  • adversity
  • Grit

Adversity can be hard and unfortunate, but it can also be a gift. The gift comes from making the choice whether you will be defined or refined by adversity. When you let adversity define you, it boxes you in and limits you. But when you let it refine you, it becomes a tool and a way for you to be more than you already are. To be refined by adversity, you’ve got to forget the loss, remember the lesson, and move forward.

S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 14: Unrequired Work

  • going the extra mile
  • character
  • talent
  • mindset
  • hard work
  • mandatory work
  • required work
  • unrequired work
  • goals
  • work

If you settle for the work that is required or mandatory, you will fall short of your potential. It is the unrequired work that challenges your talent and helps you to become the best you can be. Required work is what everybody has to do. Unrequired work is not laid out for you. No one is going to check that you’ve done the unrequired work. No one will even know if you do it. It is the unseen and unpraised work. Required work qualifies you to be in the game, but unrequired work permits you to become a champion.

S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 15: Over Believer

  • take action
  • humility
  • generosity
  • teamwork
  • hope
  • focus forward
  • where you focus you finish
  • growth follows belief
  • over believer
  • growth mindset

An over believer is someone who believes strongly in something. For example, an over believer in generosity and humility will be guided in how to act based on those beliefs. Growth Follows Belief. What you believe determines what your actions are, and your actions determine what you can do. If you don’t believe that you can accomplish your goals, then you won’t. But you can choose to be an over believer in yourself and your team. You can choose to be an over believer in hope and teamwork. Every day you are an over believer in something, and you get to choose what that is.

S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 16: Eyes Up

  • be present
  • focus forward
  • self-awareness
  • honesty
  • truth
  • hope
  • doubt
  • negativity
  • positivity
  • practice
  • consistency
  • personal code

You get great at what you get reps at. If you’re constantly getting reps at eyes down and distracted, then that will be your default response when adversity comes on the path to your goals. With everyone’s eyes down and glued to their phones, it’s easy to think that there isn’t another way to be. But there is. Instead of eyes down and distracted, you can choose to be eyes up and focused. You can choose to be eyes up and present where you are developmentally and physically. And you can choose to be eyes up and truthful when the doubts come.

S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 17: Secret Sauce

  • consistency
  • long-term goals
  • overnight success
  • cheat code
  • success
  • work hard
  • work ethic

A lot of people spend more time looking for a secret sauce or a cheat code to success than they do working towards the success they seek. The truth is: there is no cheat code. The only secret sauce you will find for success is a blend of hard work and consistency. When you show up day after day to put in the required and unrequired work, you earn your success. That’s the secret sauce for success: consistent hard work.

S6: LESSON 1-18: Week 18: Lose Yourself

  • how to be a great leader
  • lhow to be a great teammates
  • selflessness
  • selfishness
  • pride
  • encouragement
  • help others
  • serve others
  • service
  • servant leaders

If you want to be a great leader and a great teammate, then you’ve got to lose yourself in service to your team. When you lose your ego and pride and selfishness, you are better able to serve. And the better you serve your teammates, the more you will win their hearts. When you can’t wait to go out and help your teammate become better, then you’ve lost yourself in service.

S1: LESSON 1: PERSEVERANCE & THE OLYMPICS

  • grit
  • push forward
  • persevere
  • learning from mistakes
  • challenges
  • goal setting
  • long-term goals
  • statues
  • dream big
  • olympics
  • Greece
  • perseverance

It takes perseverance to reach a long-term goal or turn a big dream into reality. Our students are great at dreaming big, so this week we’re teaching them a character trait that will help them reach those dreams: Perseverance We teach our students how to persevere by giving them challenges that will take a couple of times to get right. We teach them to persevere by focusing on what they learn from mistakes instead of the mistakes themselves.

S1: LESSON 2: INTEGRITY & GOLF

  • personal code
  • doing what's right
  • communication
  • healthy relationships
  • honesty
  • integrity

Golf is a sport of integrity because players keep their own score. No referee or umpire is walking around watching their every move. No other players are around to keep them honest. It is the player’s own integrity that holds them to write down the correct number of shots. We may not be able to play a full round of golf with them to drive the point home, but the principle of integrity in golf can help our students capture this concept and bring it to life outside of the classroom.

S1: LESSON 3: SELF-CONTROL & BASEBALL

  • frustration
  • servant leadership
  • tantrums
  • anger
  • control
  • emotions
  • thoughts

Little is more foreign to children than containing their anger. Even when they grow out of giving regular tantrums, feelings like anger and frustration can make them lose their cool, complete with tears and flailing and stomping. Our students don’t have to be captives of their emotions like this. For the good of society and the benefit of their future success, we want to teach them techniques to handle their stress or negative emotions. Self-control can be taught, just like any skill. While we’re teaching them how to throw and run, we are also teaching them how to manage their thoughts and emotions.

S1: LESSON 4: PRIDE & RUGBY

  • work ethic
  • love for classmates
  • love for teammates
  • balance
  • school pride
  • selfishness
  • selflessness
  • arrogance
  • pride

Pride isn’t all good or all bad. It’s mostly a matter of degree. Pride in the right amount will push students to try harder and learn more. Pride that has slipped its bounds will push them to dig in their heels and assume they already know best. We want our students to be proud of themselves and to have school pride, but this requires balance because we don’t want them to be arrogant or self-centered. Good pride is being full of love for what you do, as well as for your teammates.

S1: LESSON 5: ENCOURAGEMENT & VOLLEYBALL

  • communication
  • relationships skills
  • friendship
  • teamwork
  • attitude
  • positivity
  • encouragement

Everyone needs encouragement sometimes. This is separate from praise, which we receive for doing something good. Encouragement doesn’t mean we’ve already succeeded. Instead, it’s a sign that the person giving the encouragement believes that we can succeed.

We have all faced moments where we were trying to do something new or difficult and we just weren’t sure that we could do it. At that moment, having a friend, a teammate, to encourage us can make all the difference in the world. Where self-doubt leads us to failure, encouragement boosts us to success.

S1: LESSON 6: COACH-ABILITY & FOOTBALL

  • accepting criticism
  • mindset
  • discouragement
  • frustration
  • learning from mistakes
  • coachability

Coachability is the ability to be coached. Or, as our students learned in this lesson, coachability is being excited to learn something new. It’s natural to be frustrated or discouraged when they get something wrong or struggle to master a new skill. But we want our students to see that instead of being frustrated, which can lead them to quit, they can instead get excited about what they learned from getting it wrong.

Excitement to learn something new can overcome frustration or discouragement at not getting something right the first time. We’ve just got to learn (and teach our students) how to make that switch.

S1: LESSON 7: RESPONSIBILITY & BASKETBALL

  • chores
  • work ethic
  • hard work
  • standards
  • rules
  • action
  • trust
  • Responsibility

Our students are old enough to do chores, follow rules, and understand why they need to do those first two things. The reason is responsibility, or as they learned this week, doing what you are trusted to do. There are three key parts to this definition:

-Responsibility involves others
-Responsibility takes trust
-Responsibility requires action

S1: LESSON 8: CONFIDENCE & HIP BALL

  • encouragement
  • positivity
  • you can do it
  • believe in yourself
  • action
  • hard work
  • self-confidence
  • belief
  • confidence

Confidence comes from believing in ourselves. If we believe we can do something, we’ll find all the reasons we can do it, and that will help us to succeed. The opposite is also true, if we believe we can’t do something, we’ll find reasons we can’t, and that will become our reality.

Of course, belief is only the first part of confidence. The second part comes from bringing our best to the situation. We can believe all day that we can fly, but unless we work to figure out how to build something to make that possible, it’s not going to happen. So really confidence requires belief and work.

S1: LESSON 9: POSITIVITY & TENNIS

  • personal narrative
  • focus forward
  • can do
  • optimism
  • glass half full
  • mindset
  • perspective
  • positive viewpoint
  • positivity

When we see the world through a positive perspective, we can achieve much more than we can if we see the world through a negative perspective. That’s because where we focus, we finish. If we focus on what we can do, we’ll finish where we want to be, but if we focus on what we can’t do, we’ll finish where we expect to be.

In short, positivity is focusing on what we can do, not what we can’t do. The common metaphor is the glass that is either half full or half empty. Neither viewpoint is more “correct” than the other, but they do have different outcomes.

S1: LESSON 10: PREPARATION & MARATHONS

  • hiking
  • safari
  • accountability
  • discipline
  • marathon
  • effort
  • giving your best
  • success
  • kenya
  • preparation

In this lesson, students learn the 5 Ps: Prior Preparation Permits Proper Performance. Preparation doesn’t guarantee success, but it does tip the odds in our favor because it helps us to perform to the best of our abilities. Preparation is the difference between finishing a marathon and just starting one. Without preparation, we’ll get fatigued early and never cross the finish line. But with preparation, we give ourselves the boost needed to perform at our best.

 

S1: LESSON 11: TRUST & THE IDITAROD

  • alaska
  • communication
  • cooperation
  • teamwork
  • dog mushing
  • dog sledding
  • iditarod
  • dependability
  • accountability
  • trustworthy
  • Trust

Trust is both very strong and very fragile. It is strong enough that when you trust the people around you, you can overcome anything that’s in front of you. But it’s also fragile enough that the wrong words or situation can break our trust in someone.

Trust doesn’t come overnight. But in the daily time spent together, we build trust with our students. If we don’t protect and foster that trust, it will be fragile enough that a harsh word can break it. But if we take the time to build it up every day, it will be strong enough to help our students overcome whatever is in front of them.

 

S1: LESSON 12: FAIR PLAY & SOCCER

  • guidelines
  • boundaries
  • protection
  • rights of others
  • respect
  • rules
  • fotbol
  • football
  • soccer
  • fair play
  • earth

Without rules and boundaries, we don’t know what’s fair or unfair. We all have some innate sense of right and wrong. But without guidelines from our parents, teachers, and community, that sense of what’s right won’t turn into the correct actions.

Rules help to protect the rights of ourselves and others. When we respect the rules, it really means we’re respecting the rights of other people. If we don’t respect their rights, how can we expect them to respect our rights?

S1: LESSON 13: TEAMWORK & JUMPROPE

  • relationship skills
  • goal setting
  • goals
  • work ethic
  • teamwork
  • Diversity

A jump rope team has to work together in sync if they’re going to break a world record or win an international championship. It takes a team to achieve a big goal. As the saying goes, “If you want to run fast, run alone. But if you want to run far, run together.” Or, shorter and sweeter: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Teamwork makes reaching a big, scary goal much easier and less scary. It also teaches students how to communicate their thoughts and feelings, appreciate how they are like and unlike their peers, and how they can help each other become better.

S1: LESSON 14: WORK ETHIC & GYMNASTICS

  • dreams
  • big goals
  • skipping
  • hopping
  • leaping
  • jumping
  • siberia
  • Russia
  • hard work
  • work ethic
  • gymnastics

Being an Olympic gymnast capable of not only making the podium, but of winning the gold, requires a solid work ethic. The gymnast has to believe that hard work pays off. That is what keeps them pushing forward despite setbacks like injuries, losses, and more challenging routines.

The belief of others is useful, too. Everyone needs a support system, after all. But others can’t control our beliefs, our commitments, or our choices. We have to believe that hard work pays off. We have to develop a solid work ethic.

S1: LESSON 15: TOUGHNESS & RODEO

  • rodeo
  • comfort zone
  • goals
  • success
  • obstacles
  • challenges
  • tough
  • grit
  • toughness
  • united states
  • wyoming
  • western
  • cowgirl
  • cowboy

Cowboys and cowgirls in Wyoming know a harsh, demanding existence. Instead of bowing under the strain of that, they turned it into a competition with each other, what we now call rodeo. Toughness is something that rodeo people know all about. Toughness is about perseverance and endurance.

Our students are going to face uncomfortable challenges. If they learn how to embrace those challenges, the obstacles will become the way that they find success. If they push back against those obstacles instead, they’ll just end up further away from their goals.

S1: LESSON 16:DISCIPLINE & MARTIAL ARTS

  • self-management
  • good choices
  • good behavior
  • excellence
  • aikido
  • tai kwon do
  • karate
  • Japan
  • martial arts
  • discipline

It’s easy to look at martial arts and think they are about violence. But the truth is, they are about discipline. Learning how to kick and punch is only useful if the student also learns how to control the desire to kick or punch. Discipline, devoting yourself to excellence, is about doing what you need to do, even if it’s not what you want to do.

S1: LESSON 17: COMPASSION & YOGA

  • caring for others
  • servant leadership
  • charity
  • generosity
  • kindness
  • empathy
  • awareness
  • mindfulness
  • pilates
  • stretching
  • India
  • compassion
  • yoga

Yoga and associated practices have lots of health benefits that continue to be researched and documented, and it’s become extremely popular in the west. But we’re talking about it in this lesson because yoga helps us tune into our inner selves.

When we are in tune with ourselves, it’s much easier to attune to others, too. That’s why yoga can be so helpful in teaching compassion. And compassion, in turn, helps us in three very important ways: Compassion helps us recognize that other people are just like us, compassion helps us take action to help others, and compassion helps us appreciate the differences between ourselves and others.

S1: LESSON 18: LOYALTY & POLKA

  • commitment
  • family
  • tradition
  • music
  • dance
  • polka
  • czech republic
  • loyalty

Loyalty is about commitment, whether that’s commitment to a person, an idea, or a tradition. Czech immigrants have remained loyal to their tradition of polka (a term which describes both the music and the dance). Americans are loyal to the ideals of freedom and equality. Most people are loyal to their family and friends. Our loyalty and commitment communicates a lot about us.

S2: LESSON 1: PATIENCE & SURFING

  • long-term goals
  • impatience
  • patience
  • paddleboard
  • surfer
  • surfing
  • Hawaii

When a surfer paddles out on the ocean, they spend a lot of time sitting there bobbing on the little waves while they wait for a nice big one to come along. But big waves are not created equally, and some are better targets for surfers than others. If the surfer gets impatient and takes the first wave that comes along, they can get into trouble pretty quickly. Patience is key to being able to ride the waves. The same is true of the waves of life. Without patience, instead of riding the wave, we can be crushed by it.

S2: LESSON 2: SELF-RELIANCE & MOUNTAIN BIKING

  • Utah
  • mountain biking
  • bike riding
  • cycling
  • self-confidence
  • count on yourself
  • learning process
  • growth mindset
  • self-reliance

Mountain biking teaches cyclists how to be self-reliant. On the trail, there’s no telling what they might meet. They need to be able to fix a flat tire or complete some other repairs. They need to be able to carry their own water and food. Of course, mountain biking isn’t necessarily a solo sport. But whether cycling alone or with friends, the cyclists need to trust in their own effort and ability. In other words, they need to have self-reliance.

S2: LESSON 3: PUNCTUALITY & MOUNTAINEERING

  • Mont Blanc
  • the Alps
  • mountaineering
  • trustworthiness
  • reliability
  • respect for others
  • time management
  • being on time
  • punctuality

Whether or not we are punctual, or on time, affects ourselves and others. When we’re late, we miss out on things, and we make other people wait for us. Right now, they are guided by parents and teachers for how to get to where they need to be at the right time. But if we explicitly teach them the value of punctuality, as well as methods for helping themselves to be on time for things, then we can set them up for success when they have to be self-reliant about their punctuality.

S2: LESSON 4: CONSISTENCY & SKIING

  • practice
  • being consistent
  • long-term goals
  • giving your best
  • consistency
  • Whistler Mountain
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • alpine skiing
  • Skiing

Skiing is a really good example of consistency paying off. With skiing, the way down the mountain is simple, you just have to take it one turn at a time. But, the way that you turn is very important. If you have one good turn, followed by a couple sloppy turns, and then maybe another good turn, well, you’re more likely to fall over your skis or run into a tree. Skiers must give their best the turn that is right in front of them. Each turn needs them to be consistent: to give their best one moment at a time. Some of our students will never strap on a pair of skis. But in their everyday lives, consistency matters.

S6: LESSON 4: CHASE GREATNESS

  • you are enough
  • value
  • core values
  • excellence
  • service
  • integrity
  • personal code
  • internal motivation
  • external motivation
  • champion
  • championship
  • winning
  • success
  • Greatness

Your motivation for pursuing your goals matters. If you are driven by external factors like praise and recruitment, that’s different from being driven by internal factors like a desire to be your best or to help your team do something great.

External motivation isn’t bad. But it’s not as effective as internal motivation. For one thing, external motivation is frequently based on performance, which is influenced by many factors other than you while internal motivation is based on your core values. When you chase greatness, chase internal greatness first. Be motivated not by what you can get, but by who you are.

S6: LESSON 5: GOOD GOOD

 

  • setbacks
  • overcoming adversity
  • determination
  • grit
  • attitude
  • mindset
  • challenges
  • failure
  • growth
  • obstacles
  • adversity

When adversity comes, you’ll think “this is bad bad.” The shift here is to go from “bad bad” to “good good.” It’s good that adversity is here because it gives us a chance to grow and become better today than we were yesterday. It’s good that adversity is here because without it, we can’t progress. When we make the shift from thinking that this bad bad situation is against us to realizing this good good situation is for us, it changes everything.

S6: LESSON 6: IN CHARGE

 

  • service
  • serving others
  • how to lead
  • how to be a leader
  • privilege
  • entitlement
  • servant leadership

When you think of someone who is in charge, what comes to mind? Is it someone who uses their power and authority to make his or her life easier? Is it someone who acts with entitlement because they’ve earned all the perks of life through talent or skill? That’s one type of leader, but maybe they aren’t as in charge as they think they are.

See, being a leader is about more than what perks you get with the position or who you get to boss around. Being a leader is about loving, encouraging, and serving others. That is what you are in charge of: Loving, encouraging, and serving. The more people you love, encourage, and serve, the more of a leader you become.

S6: LESSON 7: GAME CHANGER

 

  • total effort
  • control the controllables
  • take responsibility
  • take action
  • mindset
  • attitude
  • momentum shift
  • change the game
  • grit

Sometimes in a game, it seems like everything is against you. But then, a game changer steps up, and the momentum shifts back to your team. This happens in life, too. The difference is that in life, the game changer must be you. When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or when circumstances carry you in a direction you don’t want to go, you can choose to change the game.

When the game tries to get away from you, take that as an invitation to take back control. Instead of giving up and pouting, seek to be a game changer.

S6: LESSON 8: GET SMART

 

  • feedback
  • support
  • mental illness
  • mental health
  • weakness
  • strength
  • helping others
  • asking for help
  • Goals

The best athletes are the smartest athletes. That’s not because they have a higher IQ or more common sense. It’s because they’re willing to ask for help.

Too often we think that asking for help means we aren’t strong enough to handle things on our own. Too often we think that asking for help is synonymous with being weak. But that can’t be further from the truth. In fact, the smartest thing you can do is to ask for help when you are out of your depth.

S6: LESSON 9: BIGGER PICTURE

 

  • motivation
  • perspective
  • stress
  • overwhelm
  • adversity
  • struggle
  • Growth mindset

Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes. The good news is, there’s a pretty simple way to reduce that feeling. We just have to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. See, when we’re having a bad day or dealing with things that other people don’t have to deal with, it’s really easy to get locked in on the struggle. But the struggle is just one small part of your life. If you look at the bigger picture, you’ll see that this struggle is only temporary.

Everyone gets overwhelmed. But that feeling of “too much” can be handled if you remember to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. The struggle will still be real, but it will be more manageable.

S6: LESSON 10: GOOD OR GREAT

 

  • sacrifice
  • team building
  • trust
  • relationships
  • friendship
  • love
  • how to be a good teammate
  • teamwork
  • personal code

Nobody wants to be a bad teammate, but too often, athletes settle for being a good teammate. What’s wrong with being a good teammate? Good is not enough when great is possible. The difference between being a good teammate or a great teammate is a simple choice, and that choice is love. When you love your teammates, it makes you a better teammate.

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