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S5: WEEK 1: FUN WORK

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

Remember when sports were just fun? Before the pressure of scholarships and expectations started to press in? When sports are fun and when there’s joy in getting to play, it makes everything better. Make no mistake–Hard work is the best work. However, that doesn’t mean hard work can’t also be fun work.

Don’t let the hard work steal the joy; instead let the joy fuel the hard work.

 

S5: WEEK 2; RIGHT or WRONG

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

Do you focus on what you have done right or what you have done wrong? Too often, we focus on the one thing we did wrong instead of the 99 things we did right. When you focus on what you do right, it makes you a better teammate, makes you tougher, and enhances your talent. When you focus on what you do wrong, the opposite happens.

That’s not to say you should never think about your mistakes or listen to criticism. Far from it. Learning from mistakes is a key part of growth, and constructive criticism can help you overcome hurdles on the road to success. But when you let a mistake eat at your mind after its usefulness is past, it will only hold you back. If you let it go to focus on what you did right (learning from the mistake or loss), it will propel you forward.

 

S5: WEEK 3: ZERO TALENT

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

When we place an outsize value on talent, it becomes a convenient excuse for when we lose or fall short of our goals. When the focus is on talent, we lost because how could we possibly compete with the other team’s stats and natural talent? When the focus is on skill, we lost because we weren’t prepared or we didn’t try hard enough or they out-worked us. Either it’s not our responsibility so we can’t do anything about it or it’s fully our responsibility and we can do better next time.

Instead of focusing on talent and abdicating our responsibility, we can focus on cultivating zero talent skills. These are things like preparation, positivity, and coachability—skills you can learn that don’t require any natural ability or athletic talent.

 

S5: WEEK 4: BEST YET

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

When someone tells you to do your best, does that encourage you? When you realize that you can do nothing better than your best, it can be encouraging. But for many students, and maybe for you, “do your best” isn’t encouraging because it translates to “you can’t win, so just try not to get beat too badly.”

That thinking can lead to some dark places in your mind where you start to believe that your best isn’t enough. If you believe your best isn’t enough, you might start to believe that you are not enough. Know this: You are enough just as you are. And, when you do your best yet, whatever that is, that is enough.

 

S5: WEEK 5: HAVE IT

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

Trust can make a mediocre team more successful than a greatly talented team because it has a way of amplifying the talent that a team has. That’s just one reason that trust is the most important aspect of a team. Do you have it? Do your teammates have trust in each other? It’s easy to say that you trust each other, but do you really?

A leader’s primary role on a team is to foster trust, and that requires courage and action. Do you have it?

 

S5: WEEK 6: FIRST FIGHT

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

Your opponent is not someone across from you. It’s someone within you. You are your own greatest opponent. This is especially true when we experience performance anxiety. That anxiety steals your potential and that which you can become. It holds you back from being your best.

It’s important to state right now that performance anxiety doesn’t mean you’re a weak-minded person or abnormal. Performance anxiety is a thing that breathing people deal with, so today let’s look at some ways to deal with this performance anxiety so you can win the first fight against yourself.

 

S5: WEEK 7: BE UNCOMMON

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

In a world full of common, let’s be uncommon. Let’s think differently and act differently than the norm, especially where it really matters, such as when we see others being devalued or when we speak negatively to ourselves or when we’re stuck after we get knocked down. The norm in those situations is not the way we want to live. We want to create a new norm by being uncommon.

Being uncommon isn’t about being a special snowflake. It’s about going against the grain to do what is right and what is best (for you and the team). The norm isn’t always a bad thing, but when it is, choose to be uncommon.

 

S5: WEEK 8: TOP TEN

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

To be a great teammate, you’ve got to make some commitments. We call these the top ten commitments of a great teammate. The ten items are each important, but if ten is a little much to remember, know that they boil down to one simple idea: WE BEFORE ME.

This also forms a handy mnemonic device for remembering the top ten commitments, which are: Work, Encouragement, Belief, Effort, Friends, Optimism, Respect, Enthusiasm, Motivation, and Effort. If you really want to be a great teammate, just remember: WE BEFORE ME.

 

S5: WEEK 9: GO PRO

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

You’ve got to go pro in your mentality long before you go pro in reality. Otherwise, you might not get to the professional stage at all. Pros have three key things in common. They look for the next great challenge to overcome. They understand the concept of “garbage in, garbage out.” And, they work when it is required, not when they feel like it.

When you go pro in your mind, it allows you to go pro in your body. Go pro is a mentality. It’s a mindset. It’s a mantra. Stop thinking like an amateur and go pro today.

 

S5: WEEK 10: CHARACTER WINS

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

Character matters because character wins. Character is not a consolation prize. It’s not the thing you get because you weren’t talented enough to be a champion. It’s the thing that allows you to become a champion at all. If you want to win on the field and in life, you must win in your character first. There are three reasons this is true:

Character is a talent amplifier.
Character is your foundation.
Character is the truth about who you are.

 

S4: WEEK 1: EXTRA MILE

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

If someone asks you to go one mile with them, go two instead. In fact, don’t wait for them to ask. As a servant leader, be willing to go the extra mile for others because of who you are, not who the other person is. But before you can go the extra mile, know that you’ve got to have humility. It is impossible to go the extra mile without being humble.

That’s because humility is giving the best of me for the best of you, even if it costs me.

A servant leader will go the extra mile for others, but he or she is only able to do this with humility. A humble heart is a prerequisite for becoming an extra miler.

 

S4: WEEK 2: ROCK SOLID

  • Servant Leadership
  • work ethic
  • communication
  • self-management
  • self-awareness
  • social awareness
  • seeing the best in others
  • back to basics
  • nuts and bolts
  • how to
  • humility
  • integrity
  • perspective
  • how to lose well

Rock solid confidence depends on your mindset. Mindset is how you see the things around you. When you make the choice to see what’s happening around you through the right lens, you will develop confidence that can’t be shaken by the momentary circumstances you encounter. To build rock solid confidence, it helps to know what confidence is and what it isn’t.

Building rock solid confidence means knowing what confidence is, what it isn’t, and how to orient your mindset for maximum confidence, no matter what circumstances come up.

 

S4: WEEK 3: HUMBLE WARRIOR

  • Growth Mindset
  • iron sharpens iron
  • proverbs
  • competition
  • challenge
  • conflict
  • handling conflict
  • helping others
  • trust
  • developing trust

“Humble warrior” might seem like an oxymoron at first glance, but the definitions of both words mesh really well. Humility is giving the best of me for the best of you, even if it costs me. And a warrior is someone who deploys their talents and energy for the good of others, for a cause greater than self. Warriors act not for their personal good, but for the greater good.

Humility gives you the strength to work for others even when it costs you, just as a warrior does.

 

S4: WEEK 4: TRIED AND TRUE

  • Personal Code
  • anger
  • patience
  • control your anger
  • count the eyes
  • anger management
  • emotional release

A “try” is a tool used in carpentry to ensure the wood is level. The old saying that someone or something is “tried and true” comes from the process of using that tool to level the wood to create a finished piece. You can’t level a piece of wood without a painful shearing process, and you can’t have tried and true character without going through the process of overcoming adversity.

See, adversity reveals the truth about your character, just as a try reveals the levelness of the wood. Adversity will reveal a lot of different things, but three of the most closely related to adversity are humility, integrity, and toughness.

S4: WEEK 5: NEW NORMAL

  • Servant Leadership
  • forgiveness
  • anger
  • conflict
  • conflict resolution
  • two chairs
  • gatherings
  • relationships

The thing that you do most consistently is the thing you’ll be most successful at. You get great at what you get reps at, and whatever you get the most reps at, whatever you are most consistent at, is what your normal will be. When you create a new normal to be consistently better today than yesterday, there’s no limit to how successful you can be.

Sometimes it’s easier to accept a lie or half-truth than to look for the whole truth, but only by making total truth the new normal can you truly succeed.

The more consistently you get reps at creating a new normal, the more success you will find both on and off the field.

S4: WEEK 6: TODAY’S WORK

  • Goals
  • family values
  • off course
  • standard bearer
  • little things
  • mistakes
  • set the example
  • course correct

You can come up with all kinds of reasons to procrastinate and to put today’s work off until tomorrow. But today’s finish line is tomorrow’s starting line. Where you stopped yesterday is where you start today. You can come up with all kinds of reasons for why you can put off today’s work until tomorrow, but that negative progress is cumulative, just as positive forward movement is cumulative.

If you put off today’s work for tomorrow, you will find it still waiting for you tomorrow. Maybe worry is holding you back from doing today’s work, such as worry about performing well or worry about missing out on something more fun. Worry won’t get you anywhere, though.

The only way to make progress, the only way to consistently keep moving forward towards your goals and dreams, is to do today’s work today.

S4: WEEK 7: PRESS ON

  • Work Ethic
  • integrity
  • integrity gap
  • mind the gap
  • catchphrase
  • visualize to actualize
  • practice what you preach
  • little things matter
  • little things
  • trust
  • developing trust

“Underdog” is a label that others will put on you based on a prediction of the future calculated by looking at what happened in the past. But the future is not guaranteed and the past is over and done with. It doesn’t matter if someone calls you an underdog; those predictions are their business. Your business is choosing to press on regardless.

Underdog is just a label that others use in their attempts to predict the future. What they say is their business. Your business is choosing to press on by no longer looking at the past and instead moving one step closer to where you want to be.

S4: WEEK 8: FAMILY MATTERS

  • Grit
  • obstacles
  • struggle
  • truth
  • positivity
  • tough love
  • benefits of tough love
  • challenge
  • learning
  • growth mindset

We are quick to say that family matters, but sometimes there is a disconnect between our words and our actions. If you really stop and ask yourself if your family matters, what do your actions say in response?

Put another way, are you bought in on your family? Again, you may be tempted to just say yes, but what do your actions say? When you pay a price for your family, that is when you buy in.

Family isn’t just your blood relatives. Family is your team, your friends, and your classmates. Family is your community. Here are a few examples of how your actions might show that your family matters to you.

S4: WEEK 9: HOW TO WIN AND LOSE

  • grit
  • tenacity
  • resilience
  • stand firm
  • how to be tough
  • how to be gritty
  • encouraging others
  • TUFF

Whether you win or lose is less important than what you do in the aftermath. How well your team plays the game determines whether you win or lose, but how well you accept and respond to a win or loss determines whether you will be successful in future games and in life. Winning well makes you better at losing, and losing well makes you better at winning.

How you deal with a win or a loss directly reflects your growth as a leader and a teammate. Everyone will lose at some point. The questions to ask are: What will you do when you win? What will you do when you lose?

S4: WEEK 10: SLOW AND STEADY

  • Growth Mindset
  • work in progress
  • owning mistakes
  • learning how to learn
  • learning from others

The famous fable of the tortoise and the hare teaches us that consistent work ethic will always beat inconsistent talent. If all you have is great talent with no consistency, then like the hare in the story, you’ll end up losing to a tortoise when you should have won no question. Slow and steady progress towards a goal will win over fast but faulty progress.

The hare lost to the tortoise because consistent hard work will always beat inconsistent talent. Follow the ABCs of consistent work ethic and you’ll see how slow and steady wins the race.

S4: WEEK 11: BE CHANGE

  • Servant Leadership

Today’s leaders in the locker room are tomorrow’s leaders in our boardrooms and courtrooms. Every day in the locker room, tomorrow’s leaders learn how to lead. And one of the most important things for them to learn is this: The best leaders serve first. If you want to be change in your school, community, or the world, that requires being the best leader you can be, so you can never forget that the best leaders serve others before themselves.

The best leaders are change-makers because they serve others first. When you get this in the locker room, you can get it anywhere. Tomorrow’s leaders are built in today’s locker rooms, and there is no better training ground for servant leadership than on an athletic team.

S4: WEEK 12: CHICKEN LINE

  • Personal Code

The chicken line is the point at which your fear says you can’t go any further. It’s the point where you chicken out. Developing the will and courage to pass the chicken line despite your fear will mean the difference between success and failure. That’s because everything you want, all of your goals and dreams, are on the other side of your chicken line.

You will hit a point where fear will try to tell you that you can’t go any further. That’s your chicken line. Instead of chickening out when you hit that line, push forward to grow and improve so you can reach your goals and dreams.

S4: WEEK 13: GIDDY UP

  • grit

When obstacles try to knock you down, Giddy up! is the battle cry you can use to get back up and find a way to overcome. Giddy up! is a mindset, but it is also a posturing; it’s a way of approaching a problem. When you say Giddy up!, you are saying that you will gladly compete with this obstacle because you know that it’s going to make you better in the long run.

There are two things that you need more than any other if you want to Giddy up! in the face of adversity: optimism and daring.

Obstacles are going to come on the road to your goals. As Marcus Aurelius wrote, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” To “overcome” obstacles, you’ve got to compete with them. And don’t forget your battle cry: Giddy up!

S4: WEEK 14: TOUGH ENOUGH

  • Growth Mindset

Tough people win because they never give up. But tough people also win because they are tough enough to accept correction. Acceptance is not most people’s default response to correction, though. In fact, it’s pretty common to respond from a place of fear and either ignore or forget the correction.

So the three ways to respond to correction or critiques are to ignore it, forget it, or accept it. Let’s look at each.

Tough people find success because they are tough enough to make the trades necessary to accept correction despite fears of being wrong. Acceptance may not be the default response to correction, but it’s the only response that’s going to help you find success in sports and the game of life.

S4: WEEK 15: PROMISE KEEPERS

  • Servant Leadership

In a world that is as quick to break a promise as to make one, let’s go against the current and place a higher value on the promises we make. Let’s only make promises knowing that we are going to keep them; let’s be promise keepers.

Promise keepers are on time, they are truth-tellers, and they are tough. And because of these characteristics, promise keepers are winners.

Promise keepers are winners because they know the importance of being on time, they tell the truth, and they are tough. Before you make a promise, make sure you can be a promise keeper.

S4: WEEK 16: DIRTY JOBS

  • Work Ethic

Before a new gym can host the sporting events you love, it has to be built. There’s a long process to get from empty patch of ground to shiny gym, and it involves a very dirty process of growing. In the same way, there’s a long, dirty process between where you are now and where you want to be.

This isn’t meant to be discouraging. If anything, be encouraged that you’re still in the process of reaching your goals. You’re growing, learning, and improving every day. But you have to be willing to do the dirty jobs to ultimately reach the shiny dream.

Before a gym can host games, there are a lot of dirty jobs that have to be done to build the place. In the same way, you have to do the dirty jobs to build the skills and character needed to reach your goals and dreams.

S4: WEEK 17: RENT’S DUE

  • Personal Code

“Success is never owned, always leased, and rent is due every single day.” -J.J. Watt

Success is not final. There’s no single finish line that once you reach it, you never have to work hard again. There’s no one goal that once it’s done, there’s nothing left in life to go after. There’s always another end zone, always another goal post. This is what it means to say that success is never owned, always leased.

Success requires self-control. It requires the daily paying of rent in the form of hard work to make your dreams a reality.

S4: WEEK 18: CAN’T OR CAN

  • Goals

When things don’t go to plan or when we encounter a crisis, there are two primary ways that people respond: by focusing on what they CAN do or focusing on what they CAN’T do. The most successful people answer the question of Can’t or Can? with a definite CAN. When you focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t do, you’ll find out how much more is within your control than you thought.

There’s a quote from former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt that will help you move from a Can’t to a Can mindset: “Do all that you can with all that you have wherever you are.”

When things go wrong, you can either focus on what you can’t do or what you can do. Focusing on what you CAN’T do will leave you stuck in place, a victim of circumstance. But focusing on what you CAN do will help you move forward to reach your goals and dreams despite circumstances.

S4: WEEK 19: REAL DEAL

  • fear of failure
  • personal code
  • accountability
  • courage
  • cost of success
  • humility
  • integrity
  • diligence
  • uniqueness
  • individuality

The best athletes and leaders—the ones that we want to be like—they are the real deal. They are genuine, tough enough to do hard work when it is required, and full of integrity. Being the real deal requires that you be put to the test. It requires that you move beyond the hype and the big talk about what you’re going to do, to actually doing it.

Everybody wants to be the real deal, but most of us also fear it. If it’s so desirable to be the real deal, why do we fear it? There are two main reasons: fear of accountability and fear of being different. What the world needs more of is young men and women who are willing to stand up and say “I am the real deal me” despite their fears. Have the courage to be yourself. Have the courage to be the real deal.

S4: WEEK 20: UNDAUNTED COURAGE

  • Goals

Too often we think of courage as something distant from where we are. Undaunted courage is for soldiers on the battlefield. Courage is for people like Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for standing up against racism in South Africa. Courage, we think, is for other people in other places.

But the truth is that courage underpins everything that you learn in these lessons. Without courage, you can’t stand up for what’s right, you can’t act with integrity, and you can’t do the hard work that is required to find success. Courage makes all the other things possible. Courage isn’t something distant from where we are. Undaunted courage is part of our everyday life as we strive to become who we were born to be.

S4: WEEK 21: ONE MINUTE

  • Goals

You’ve probably said “I don’t have time” for something when what you really meant is “I don’t want to.” Not enough time is rarely a limiting factor; your will is the most common limit. It only takes one minute to make a change. If you decide that in this one minute you’re going to work towards your goal, then the one minute becomes two and before long you’ve changed the way you use sixty minutes, so that you’ve worked towards your goal for an hour.

Whether you reach your goals and dreams isn’t about having enough time; it’s about managing the time that you have. With the ABCs of time management, change the way you use one minute so you can change the way you use your whole day.

S4: WEEK 22: GO FIRST

  • Goals

During a game, you don’t ask the other team for permission to set the tempo because you know that permission will never come. In the same way, you aren’t going to get permission from anyone to set the tempo in the locker room, in your education, or in your personal life; you just have to go first and set the tempo for yourself and others. Setting the tempo is about establishing the standard that you are going to uphold.

A leader is defined by what they do, not what title they are given or what label is assigned to them. Leaders serve. Don’t wait for permission to be a leader. Go first and be a leader. None of us can influence everyone, but we all have influence with someone. At its core, leadership is nothing but influence. So don’t wait for permission to use your influence, go first.

 

S4: WEEK 23: TODAY’S TEST

  • Goals

You are tested in a lot of ways. Whether it’s a test in a classroom setting, a test of physical skill, or a test of your patience, you will face many tests in your life. These tests are important because they tell the truth about where you are in your development. You need the truth of where you are so you can get where you want to be.

If you take today’s test today and do that every day, you’ll build a life of knowing exactly where you are on the path to where you want to be until you get there. You may not like what today’s test reveals, but if you take that test, it will provide you with valuable information that will help you reach your goals and dreams.

 

S4: WEEK 24: HANDLE BUSINESS

  • upholding the standard
  • accountability
  • responsibility
  • do your job
  • championship standard
  • handle your business
  • taking care of business
  • work ethic

Great athletic programs are made of athletes and coaches who handle business every single day. You have a responsibility each morning that you wake up to do your job to a certain standard. That standard keeps you accountable to handle business. If you want to be a champion, you have to hold yourself to a champion’s standard every single day.

S4: WEEK 25: ATTACK MODE

  • never give up
  • goals
  • focus
  • attack mode
  • clear objectives

Anything worth doing is worth doing in attack mode. At its most basic, attack mode is giving your all to whatever you’re doing. No half measure will do. You’ve got to go all in. In the weight room, in the classroom, at home—wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, go all in and do it in attack mode.

Attack mode has three clear parts that make it the best way to do pretty much everything. These parts are activities, not characteristics. When you do something in attack mode, you believe it is worth doing, you establish clear objectives, and you focus on one thing at a time.

 

S4: WEEK 26: RATTLE AND ROLL

  • never give up
  • goals
  • focus
  • attack mode
  • clear objectives

We’ve all experienced moments that have rattled us. We’ve all had times when we thought things were going to go one way, but then life threw us a curveball. In those moments we only have two choices: let that rattle shake us out of the game or roll with the rattle and change tactics.

Everyone gets rattled sometimes. What matters is whether you let the rattle shake you or you roll with the rattle. If you roll when you get rattled, you’ll find success in sports and in life.

 

 

S4: WEEK 27: 5 P’s PART II

  • 1001
  • effort
  • work ethic
  • game day is rep 1001
  • specific not general
  • student of the game
  • 5 Ps
  • preparation

What is it that winning, confidence, and unshakeability all have in common? Preparation. As the 5 Ps state: Prior Preparation Permits Proper Performance. Practice is a big part of preparation, but it is not the sum total of it. Three other keys to preparation are: being specific not general, making game day rep 1001, and being a student not a fan.

Prior preparation permits proper performance doesn’t just mean “practice more.” Practice is only part of preparation. When you are prepared, you win, you are confident, and you are unshakable.

S4: WEEK 28: YOUTUBE and CONFIDENCE

  • encouragement
  • learning from failure
  • learning from mistakes
  • failure
  • growth mindset
  • self-esteem
  • attitude
  • effort
  • right tools
  • right work
  • confidence

The concept of YouTube and confidence for athletes is similar to duct tape and bailing wire for coaches. They are tools with which you can achieve anything. With YouTube and confidence, you can do anything you set your mind to if you are willing to put in the work.

YouTube (or the Internet in general) is a good place to find information; that’s a valuable tool. But where do you find confidence? Confidence is found through working to make an impact in the lives of others. When you seek to make an impact, you don’t worry about failure or setbacks.

S4: WEEK 29: LAST SET, BEST SET

  • time management
  • personal code
  • hard work
  • perseverance
  • second wind

Working with a Last Set, Best Set mentality means that you give your all to the last set, even if you’re tired and even if you don’t want to. It doesn’t just apply to the weight room. If you approach everything that you do with the mindset that you are going to finish it out better than you started, you will be unstoppable on or off the field.

When your last set is your best set, that applies to everything that you do throughout the day. Instead of taking your prior effort as permission to go easier on the next task, accept the invitation to keep working hard. You are capable of more than you think you are, but you will never get to the more if you do not make your last set your best set.

S4: WEEK 30: FIRST THINGS

  • overcome obstacles
  • stay focused
  • keep it simple
  • learn to follow
  • lead
  • serve first
  • servant leadership

A leader is someone who helps others become their best. You might think that you aren’t qualified to be a leader, but the truth is that anyone can be a leader. You’ve just got to get the first things first: Leaders follow leaders, leaders keep it simple, and leaders stay focused.

You can become a great leader. It’s not something out of reach. It’s not just a daydream. Leadership is attainable, and you can start today. But you’ve got to get the first things first.

S4: WEEK 31: EVEN IF

  • how to do what you don't feel l
  • how to do what you don't want t
  • perspective
  • don't stop the movie
  • do what you can
  • personal code
  • work hard
  • hard work

Everyone has experienced times when they just didn’t feel like doing what they needed to do. Everyone has struggled with the question: How do you do what needs to be done when you don’t want to do it? The answer is simple, but not easy: You do what your goals demand, not what your feelings want.

You are not alone in the struggle to do what you don’t feel like doing. When you don’t want to do what you know needs to be done, remember to ask your goals what is required, and then go do that.

S4: WEEK 32: AIM SMALL

  • focus on the goal
  • start today
  • focus on the little things
  • turn big dreams into reality
  • goals
  • today's work
  • hard work
  • daily work

When you go after something big, there’s no way you can achieve it in a day or even a week. Big goals and dreams take a long time to reach, so you need a plan for how to get there. That plan is where you aim small. There’s a big goal that you’re working towards, but before you can get there, you have to do all the little, daily things that will build on each other over time.

Remember: To reach big dreams, you’ve got to aim small.

S4: WEEK 33: WEDNESDAY WORK

  • encouragement
  • accountability partner
  • buddy system
  • submit to the plan
  • submission day
  • if day
  • partner day
  • hard work
  • daily work
  • get it done
  • handle business
  • taking care of business
  • work ethic

Each day of the week is important. Friday may get all the hype and Monday all the disdain, but each day matters. After all, there’s no celebration on Friday if you don’t do the work on the other four days.

Wednesday in particular is important because it’s the day when motivation and willpower start to wane. That’s an opportunity for you to turn to other, more workable methods, to help you stay on track, such as recognizing that Wednesday is an IF day, a PARTNER day, and a SUBMISSION day.

S4: WEEK 34: SIMPLE and DIFFICULT

  • motivation
  • boredom
  • get good at being bored
  • handle business
  • how to do what you don't want to
  • quick and easy
  • work hard
  • hard work

Here is the simple and difficult truth: The only thing standing between you and your goals is the work that you have to do. Achieving your goals is very simple, you just have to do the work that your goals require. But, simple does not mean easy. In fact, the simple work that will get you to your goals will be really difficult.

If you want to reach your goals, you don’t need anyone to motivate you or tell you how to do it, you just need to hear and accept the simple and difficult truth, and then go out and do the work required.

S4: WEEK 35: SECOND CHANCE

  • better tomorrow than today
  • be a second chance coach
  • second chance attitude
  • help others become their best
  • servant leadership
  • accept grace
  • give grace
  • better today than yesterday
  • Become who you can become

There are many things you could think of when you hear the phrase “second chance.” Here’s how we like to think of it: A second chance is an opportunity to become who you can become. It’s not something to be embarrassed about or to feel unworthy of. It’s something to be thankful for.

Practice gratitude for second chances. When you make a mistake, when you don’t hold the standard, when you let someone down—These are all times when a second chance provides an opportunity for you to become who you can become. When others do those things, that’s an opportunity for you to extend the second chance, the opportunity to become who they can become.

S4: WEEK 36: PRETENDER or CONTENDER

  • daily work
  • who you are on the inside
  • integrity
  • effort
  • hard work
  • growth
  • grit
  • Categories

Are you a pretender or a contender? Everybody will say that they are contenders, but what do their actions show? At first glance, pretenders and contenders look the same, but that’s only on the surface. If we look a bit deeper, the differences become clear.

Whether you are a pretender or a contender has nothing to do with your words and everything to do with your actions. If you want to be a contender, follow your integrity, embrace what you can become, and be patient in pursuit of your goals.

S3: WEEK 1: HARD WORK (BEST WORK)

  • Work Ethic
  • capacity
  • impact
  • hard work
  • work hard
  • best work
  • effort
  • intentionality

The secret to success is simple. It’s the thing that everybody is trying to avoid. The thing that everybody is trying to figure out a way around. The secret to success is hard work.

But nobody can want hard work for you. Only you can decide that you want it. If you don’t want it, you’ll never choose it. BUt if you let the roots of hard work grow in you, they’ll blossom into a deep WHY. And with a deep enough WHY, you can accomplish any HOW.

 

 

S3: WEEK 2: OPPORTUNITY COST

  • Goals
  • preparation
  • 5 P's
  • stages of grief
  • important vs urgent
  • long shelf life skills

Too often people believe that opportunity is random, and received by being in the right place at the right time. The reality, however, is that opportunity is everywhere. Opportunity isn’t a “luck thing”, it is a “sacrifice thing”.

The opportunities that lead to success come at a cost, and that cost is preparation, priorities, and practice.

Prior Preparation Permits Proper Performance

 

 

S3: WEEK 3: COMMITMENT COUNTS

  • Personal Code
  • alignment
  • boundaries
  • cost
  • commitment
  • count the cost
  • hard work
  • service
  • perseverance
  • setting boundaries

Leaders are careful about what they commit to. They don’t commit to every good thing that is out there.

There will always be more to do or achieve, but leaders aren’t interested in more for the sake of more; they are interested in achieving their next goal, and nothing more.

Leaders know that enough is enough, and they don’t make commitments that don’t help move them forward.

 

 

S3: WEEK 4: NO LIMITS

  • Growth Mindset
  • confidence
  • limitations
  • intentionality
  • awareness
  • breaking limits
  • no fear

So often in life people will put limits on themselves and on others. They’ll put limits on what can and can’t be done. “You can’t do that!” They will shout. “That’s impossible!” They believe. Even well meaning people will limit you at the sky— “The sky’s the limit!”

That’s cool…but didn’t we put a man on the moon?

What would you life look like if you focused more on what you were willing to do, than what people told you couldn’t do? What records might you break?

What would you do if you lived with no limits?

 

 

S3: WEEK 5: RESET BUTTON

  • Grit
  • reset
  • expectation vs reality

One of the most powerful tools that you have at your disposal is a simple phrase. One that, if you let it, could change the course of your life.

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

There are certainly circumstances that are out of your control. But as we’ve said before, though you may not be able to control every situation, you are in control of how you RESPOND to every situation.

And the reset button isn’t always a one time thing. How many times have you tried and failed at something, only to have to keep attempting it again and again and again?

The reset button is a muscle, just like anything else, and it needs to be exercised just like any other muscle.

 

 

S3: WEEK 6: FEAR NOT

  • Servant Leadership
  • no fear
  • confidence
  • trust
  • FAMILY
  • hard work
  • truth

Stand firm and face your fears. Or turn and run from them.

As tempting as it will be to turn and run, remember this: When you run from your fears your fears will overrun you.

So, how do you find the fortitude to face your fears? You find F.A.M.I.L.Y. (Forget About Me I Love You).

Turns out, F.A.M.I.L.Y. Is the antidote to fear. Whenever you have people surrounding you who are willing to sacrifice what’s best for them, for what’s best for you, you can face, and overcome any fear. Fear is a part of life. Overcoming fear is part of F.A.M.I.L.Y.

 

 

S3: WEEK 7: ABILITY VS DEPENDABILITY

  • Growth Mindset
  • accountability
  • dependability
  • ability
  • reliability
  • hold the rope

Being dependable means keeping your word, which is simple, but not always easy. It’s simple because it’s black and white that “I said I would do X, so I’m going to do X.” But often, your promises will require more effort and sacrifice than you anticipated.

It’s easy to say “Well, I said I would stay late after practice, but now my friends want me to get tacos.”

Regardless of the external factors, you have to stick to your commitments if you want to be viewed as trustworthy and dependable.

 

 

S3: WEEK 8: GROW UP

  • Goals
  • growth mindset
  • distractions
  • discouragement
  • disappointment
  • childlike mindset
  • praise
  • reward
  • service

“Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional” Chili Davis

Growing up is a choice. You can choose to stay in a childlike mentality, never growing up, just getting older. But what kind of life is that?

Age doesn’t mean you stop seeing shiny things or hearing discouraging words or thinking the grass will be greener on the other side of the fence. To achieve something great, you have to overcome great obstacles, and one of those obstacles will often be your own mentality. Pinpoint in which area(s) of your life you have a childlike mentality, and grow up!

 

 

S3: WEEK 9: FAMILY FIRST

  • Servant Leadership
  • growth mindset
  • goals
  • alignment
  • family goals
  • personal goals
  • mudita
  • your role
  • FAMILY

You are part of multiple families: your parents and siblings, your team, your friend groups. However you define your family, they should be first in your mind at all times. Family means Forget About Me I Love You. You put your family first because you love them. Their well-being is important to you.

Everyone defines family differently, but at its core, family means Forget About Me I Love You. Family should always be first and foremost in your mind because together you are stronger than you are alone.

 

 

S3: WEEK 10: BRING IT

  • Work Ethic
  • effort
  • giving your best
  • bring it
  • impact
  • remove obstacles
  • support
  • motivate
  • encourage

Success doesn’t care if you “want to” or not. Success doesn’t care what you “feel like” doing. It only cares about whether or not you choose to put in the work to make your dreams a reality.

Listening to your heart just isn’t going to cut it. Your heart may be telling you to go back to bed when you’re supposed to be giving your all in an early morning practice. Your heart may be saying “It’s cool. We can drop this. My passion is really sleeping in late anyway.”

Your best will change based on circumstances and how you’re feeling, but as long as you’re bringing your best in that moment, every time, you will find success.

 

 

S3: WEEK 11: CHARACTER REPS

  • Personal Code
  • character reps
  • self-discipline
  • reliability
  • courage
  • work ethic
  • humility
  • grit
  • generosity
  • reflection

You want to win. That’s why you play the game. But remember this: good character is not a consolation prize for missing out on your sports goals.

And it’s not an extra bonus after winning state. Your character is what enables you to win in the long-term, beyond your sports career.

The strength of your character reps will determine the strength of every other rep in your life. You want to win, and so does everyone else. You can’t always win, but you can prepare yourself for success in the rest of your life through intentional, positive character reps.

 

 

S3: WEEK 12: EXPECTATION VS REALITY

  • Grit
  • punishment
  • discipline
  • reparations
  • mindset
  • expectation
  • reality
  • ought vs is
  • communication skills
  • observe
  • orient
  • decide
  • act
  • OODA loop

It’s not fair.

Why is this happening to me?

These are common thoughts when reality doesn’t meet up with your expectations. Common, but unhelpful. Life isn’t fair. Bad things happen to good people. Everyone makes mistakes.

Even if you do everything right, you may still fail, but you have an opportunity to learn from this event and prepare for similar situations in the future. One method for seizing opportunities like this is the OODA Loop, originally developed by U.S. Air Force Col. John Boyd:

Observe, Orient, Decide, Act

 

 

S3: WEEK 13: TOUGH LOVE

  • Growth Mindset
  • tough love
  • discipline
  • blind spots

When you think about love, you might think of it as something sweet and soft, unrelated to goals or the game. But that’s a limited view of love.

Love is so much stronger, tougher, and more durable than that sweet and soft viewpoint makes it appear.

Tough love requires both love and toughness. If you’re hard on someone for the sake of being tough, that’s not tough love, it’s just tough.

At the same time, if you only love without any toughness, you aren’t pushing the other person to be the best they can be. You need both toughness and love to have the biggest impact on the people you love.

 

 

S3: WEEK 14: WHY GOALS

  • Goals
  • goal setting
  • intentionality
  • achievement
  • focus
  • purpose
  • others-centered
  • leadership

Motivation is important for reaching your goals, but there’s much more to goals than mere achievement.

Goals have external results beyond the achievement itself— they teach you about helping others, being intentional in your life, and becoming your best self. As Zig Ziglar said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Goals don’t exist separate from the rest of your life.

The costs and benefits of achieving your goals touch all aspects. Goals help you purpose your actions, focus your attention, and strengthen your abilities, while also teaching you to help others and live with intentionality.

 

 

S3: WEEK 15: OBLIGATION VS CHOICE

  • Servant Leadership
  • obligation
  • choice
  • have to vs get to
  • others-centered
  • leadership
  • helping others
  • get to mindset
  • gratitude journal

Everyone has responsibilities or things they are expected to do, but there is always a choice as to whether you do it or not. Often in our daily language, we don’t make it a choice, though.

We adopt a “have to” mentality and say, “I have to go to practice” or “I have to go to work.” We turn our responsibilities into obligations, and we deny any role in choosing them.

Remember this: you always have a choice. You choose whether to view your responsibilities through a “have to” or “get to” lens, but everyday, you are making that choice.

 

 

S3: WEEK 16: SHOW ME

  • Work Ethic
  • family values
  • gratitude
  • perspective
  • humility
  • service
  • accountability
  • leadership attitude
  • team attitude

A well-known piece of writing advice is “Show; don’t tell.” A fictional character is built through showing them to the audience in bits and pieces throughout a story or book.

In the same way, your character is built through small acts each day. When you act with integrity, honesty, self-discipline, and generosity, that shows your character, even when no one else is looking.

Just as a fictional character is built through showing their actions, your personal character is built through your actions. Don’t tell me what you’re going to do.

Show me by recognizing the difference between intention and demonstration, impacting the attitudes of others through your actions, and combating entitlement in daily life.

 

 

S3: WEEK 17: FIVE STAR

  • Personal Code
  • people you spend time with
  • influence
  • 5 star
  • character
  • values
  • know who you are

It does you no good to be a 5-star athlete if you have 0-star character. Prowess on the field is temporary. Eventually, sports will end.

When it does, you will still have the character lessons you learned while playing, and the skills picked up from the lessons will help you throughout your life… or not.

Compartmentalizing your life pushes everyone else out so the focus is only on you and what you want out of life. It’s about what you are good at.

On the other hand, having a 5-star character requires caring about others. It means leading a life that makes the world a better place. You can’t do that if you’re focused on nothing but being the best at your sport.

Stop compartmentalizing. Do this, and you’re on your way to 5-star character.

 

 

S3: WEEK 18: FINISH STRONG

  • Grit
  • finish strong
  • coasting
  • effort
  • discipline
  • choice
  • culture

Finishing strong is about more than crossing the finish line. It’s about the grit and determination needed to not only reach the goal, but to blow past it.

You go past the goal instead of to the goal because that’s the only way to maintain your momentum right up to the end. If you start thinking you only have to reach the goal itself, you’ll start slowing down before you get there because the end is in sight.

Choose to finish strong. Don’t try to coast your way to success. Instead, choose to put in the effort, discipline, and intentionality needed to finish strong.

 

S3: WEEK 19: MAIN THING

  • Goals
  • main thing
  • core values
  • purpose
  • motivation
  • distractions
  • roadblocks
  • overcome
  • high standards

When it comes to competition, the main thing is to win the game. It’s why you fight hard and sacrifice more. It’s why you keep score. At the end of the day, the main thing is to win the game. That doesn’t mean each play doesn’t matter, but it does mean that you can’t let the terrible plays, or the great plays distract you from the main thing.

As long as you major in minor things, it’s going to keep you from achieving the main thing. Minor things only matter so long as they contribute to achieving the main thing. Once they stop moving you forward, they no longer matter.

 

S3: WEEK 20: HARD WORK

  • Grit
  • hard work vs work hard
  • humility
  • vulnerability
  • courage
  • integrity
  • being present
  • empathy
  • benefits or hard work

There’s a difference between hard work and working hard. We can work hard at something we’re good at (like playing a specific position or making a specific shot), but that’s not the same as hard work. Hard work happens when we work hard at things that we aren’t good at—things that don’t come easily. It is through doing that hard work that we grow and become better.

Working hard at things that don’t come easily to us requires courage, humility, and vulnerability.

Hard work and working hard are not the same thing.

Hard work takes working hard at things we aren’t very good at. Over time, we’ll become better at it, and in the process, we grow, learn, and become better.

 

S3: WEEK 21: BIG QUESTION

  • Personal Code
  • content
  • complicit
  • compelled
  • committed
  • team culture
  • casting a vision
  • celebrate

You have a lot of teams, though you may not think of them that way. Aside from the obvious sports teams, your family, friends, and classmates are also your teams. The type of teammate you are impacts the people around you. So the big question to ask is: What kind of teammate are you? Regardless of what team you are on, there are four answers to this question: content, complicit, committed, compelled. Let’s dive in.

What kind of teammate are you? This questions impacts you as an individual, but it also impacts your team. How you answer this question makes all the difference both on and off the field.

 

S3: WEEK 22: BAD DAY

  • Growth Mindset
  • PLAN
  • bottleneck
  • bad day
  • growth day
  • emotional intelligence
  • helping other
  • do your job

Bad days are guaranteed to happen. What’s not guaranteed, is what you do when it does. The way you respond to a bad day determines your success for that day and the following days. Don’t sit and wallow in self-pity. Instead, choose to view the struggle as an opportunity. Bad days will come. When they do, instead of thinking “It shouldn’t be this way,” think “This is a GROWTH day.”

To change your bad day to growth, focus on shifting your mentality. Remember that you are still learning, but you are still accountable for your actions.

 

S3: WEEK 23: FIRST FIVE

  • Work Ethic
  • first five mentality
  • arrive well
  • 5 P's
  • helping others
  • preparation
  • do your job

The first five minutes after waking up set the tempo for the rest of your day. It works the same way for the first five minutes of practice, the first five minutes of class or family time or hanging out with your friends. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth bringing the first five mentality to it. That means preparing well, arriving well, and doing your job.

The first five minutes set the tempo, not just of your morning, but of everything you do. Whatever you’re doing, the first five mentality can improve it.

 

S3: WEEK 24: NUTS AND BOLTS

  • Servant Leadership
  • work ethic
  • communication
  • self-management
  • self-awareness
  • social awareness
  • seeing the best in others
  • back to basics
  • nuts and bolts
  • how to
  • humility
  • integrity
  • perspective
  • how to lose well

Often unseen and unpraised, nuts and bolts are responsible for holding together a lot of the items that people rely on, such as vehicles, cooking appliances, and indoor plumbing. There are areas of life that are like those nuts and bolts: unseen and unpraised but vitally important. A few of those areas include: being a great follower, seeing the best in others, and knowing how to lose well.

Like the often overlooked nuts and bolts throughout the world, skills like being a great follower, seeing the best in others, and losing well are often unpraised or unnoticed. Still, they are incredibly important for leading a successful life.

 

S3: WEEK 25: IRON SHARPENS

  • Growth Mindset
  • iron sharpens iron
  • proverbs
  • competition
  • challenge
  • conflict
  • handling conflict
  • helping others
  • trust
  • developing trust

In the same way that iron sharpens iron, people sharpen people. The most important role you have on any team is to sharpen your teammates—to make them better. You sharpen each other during the long hours on the track or in the pool, through the heat of the gridiron or the echoing squeaks of the basketball gym.

You challenge each other to push farther than you think you can. You compete against one another not to put each other down, but to lift each other ever higher. You handle conflict without taking it personally. But why, when, and how do you do these things?

 

S3: WEEK 26: ANGER RIGHTS

  • Personal Code
  • anger
  • patience
  • control your anger
  • count the eyes
  • anger management
  • emotional release

Anger isn’t any more inherently wrong than fire. But like fire, it can be destructive if it’s not kept within boundaries. You have certain rights when it comes to your anger, but those rights can be forfeited if you let your anger control you instead of the other way around. The more you control your anger, the more even-keeled you will be.

The more you can be angry without committing any of these anger rights violations, the more even-keeled you will be able to remain. And, the more even your temperament is, the better leader and teammate you will be.

S3: WEEK 27: TWO CHAIRS (Conflict Resolution)

  • Servant Leadership
  • forgiveness
  • anger
  • conflict
  • conflict resolution
  • two chairs
  • gatherings
  • relationships

Conflict is guaranteed, but our response to conflict is not. We choose how we respond when someone wrongs us or when reality isn’t meshing with our expectations. It’s important to understand conflict resolution and practice it well because it limits the damage caused to our relationships and helps us move on together. Conflict resolution teaches us when to respond, what to respond with, and how to respond.

We choose when, what with, and how we respond to conflict. Let’s be the generation that is overly generous with our forgiveness. Let’s learn to resolve conflict well, so it doesn’t cause further damage to our relationships.

S3: WEEK 28: ONE CLICK

  • Goals
  • family values
  • off course
  • standard bearer
  • little things
  • mistakes
  • set the example
  • course correct

When we lose or fail, it’s never caused by just one thing. Instead, it’s caused by a series of repeated errors. Often, you’ll see those errors, but you don’t do anything about them because you think they don’t matter. But think about an airplane. If the plane is just one click (one degree) off from the projected path and doesn’t course correct, it won’t reach its destination. The little errors left uncorrected cause the big failures.

Success or failure is never caused by just one thing. It’s caused by a lot of little things added together. To stay on course to reach the big picture goal, you need to be proficient in setting (and sticking to) smaller, SMART goals.

S3: WEEK 29: INTEGRITY GAP

  • Work Ethic
  • integrity
  • integrity gap
  • mind the gap
  • catchphrase
  • visualize to actualize
  • practice what you preach
  • little things matter
  • little things
  • trust
  • developing trust

The integrity gap is the gap between what is proclaimed and what actually is. It’s the space between your team’s stated values and the actual way those values come to life every day. For example, you would never let an opponent come in and trash your locker room; yet, you accept your teammate’s trashy talk and attitude there, and you look the other way because you don’t want anyone to shine a light on the ways that you aren’t ideal teammates.

As leaders, teammates, and coaches we’ve got to close the G.A.P.

S3: WEEK 30: OBSTACLE COURSE

  • Grit
  • obstacles
  • struggle
  • truth
  • positivity
  • tough love
  • benefits of tough love
  • challenge
  • learning
  • growth mindset

Usually a class is your “favorite” because it comes easily to you. You’re good at it, so you naturally like it. People tend to avoid the things that they are not naturally gifted at. The problem is, when you let obstacles deter you, you are giving in to the fear of failure and giving up the opportunity to learn from the obstacle course that is in front of you. The solution is to enroll in the course the obstacle is trying to teach you. When you enroll in the obstacle course and learn from it, it changes your perspective.

Changing your mindset to view obstacles as classes to be learned from will take effort and persistence. To help you along the journey, treat an obstacle the same way that you would a class: have your materials ready, read the textbook, and test your knowledge.

S3: WEEK 31: AFTER CONTACT

  • grit
  • tenacity
  • resilience
  • stand firm
  • how to be tough
  • how to be gritty
  • encouraging others
  • TUFF

The YAC stat in football tells you how many Yards After Contact the receiver made it before going down. The goal isn’t to stop as soon as you get hit; it’s to keep going as far as you can after contact, after the point of resistance. The same applies to your personal goals. There will always be resistance on the path to your goals. That resistance is what helps you to grow; it’s what tells you that you’re going in the right direction.

Resistance isn’t a sign that you should quit. It’s your cue that you need to push even harder to see how far you can go. There are three things that will help you keep pushing after contact: self-discipline, humility, and preparation.

There will always be resistance on the path to your goals. When you make contact with that resistance, the difference between reaching your goal and missing it lies in what you do after contact.

S3: WEEK 32: IN PROGRESS

  • Growth Mindset
  • work in progress
  • owning mistakes
  • learning how to learn
  • learning from others

You understand the concept of “work in progress” in class when working on a big project, but you might forget that this also transfers to the real world. You are a work in progress, and you always will be because there is no end point for learning.

Learning never stops, so long as you choose to stay in progress. When you are in progress, you always have something to celebrate, you learn from your mistakes, and you view others as teachers rather than threats.

You get what a work in progress is, but you also have to understand that you are a work in progress. There’s a process of growth that everyone has to go through, and learning never stops as long as you choose to stay in progress.

S3: WEEK 33: DAILY CHECKLIST

  • Goals
  • daily
  • consistency
  • to do
  • checklist
  • routine
  • ritual
  • creating daily habits
  • #positive energy

A daily checklist helps you keep track of things you need to do every day to reach your goals. The power isn’t in the “checklist,” though. It’s in the “daily.” The point of the checklist is to give you a guide for what you need to work on every single day to achieve your goals.

Coach Mackey’s list includes: Encourage, Energy, and Execute. But his list isn’t necessarily your list. Everyone has different things they need to focus on daily to achieve their goals and lead others to reach theirs. As an example, let’s look at Coach Mackey’s daily checklist in depth.

The point of the daily checklist isn’t to have these three things on it; it’s to understand that your daily actions have power. Everyone has different things they need to focus on to achieve their goals and to help others achieve theirs. The point is to focus on those things daily.

S3: WEEK 34: THICK SKIN

  • Personal Code
  • constructive criticism
  • how to grow a thick skin
  • accepting feedback
  • praise
  • criticism
  • improvement
  • Growth
  • staying grounded

In the game of sports and the game of life, there will be critics. You can’t avoid critics entirely, but you can prepare to ensure that the arrows they shoot at you can’t derail you. You prepare by developing a thick skin. A thick skin means standing in your convictions, not defining yourself by success or failure, and seeking the truth.

When you stand in your convictions, nothing can topple you. It’s a solid foundation on which you can stand firm. Conviction adds to the thickness of your skin. Your conviction is your belief in something outside of yourself. It’s your purpose, your why, the motivation behind your actions.

You can’t control the critics and arrows that will come your way, but you can control whether or not you have a thick skin. You prepare for criticism by holding to your convictions, keeping a solid sense of self independent from success or failure, and seeking the whole truth in the criticism.

S3: WEEK 35: POSITIVE PRESSURE

  • Servant Leadership
  • under pressure
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • high expectations
  • helping others
  • goals
  • expectations
  • correction
  • punishment

What are the results of pressure? Does pressure catapult you forward, or crush you. The difference lies in how you choose to view and use pressure in your life. Pressure comes in a lot of areas, but pressure from your peers, your family, and yourself are the most common.

You put pressure on yourself everyday. This pressure is largely based on what you believe others expect from you. So in a way, this pressure is built from the other pressures in your life. If you let the pressure become too much or if you don’t vent some of it to others, it can pile up and try to choke the life out of your endeavours. Remember: you are enough. Whatever your goals, whatever the pressure you’re experiencing is trying to tell you, you are enough just as you are.

Pressure is neutral. It is your choices which change that neutral state to a positive or a negative.

S3: WEEK 36: WALK IT

  • Work Ethic
  • walk the walk
  • walk it like you talk it
  • do what you say you will do
  • accountability
  • dependability
  • integrity
  • hold the rope
  • respect
  • character

As you step into summer and off-season, remember this: If you’re going to talk it, you better walk it. Nobody cares what you say; they only care what you do. You can talk all day without anything to show for it. But when you walk it, you get somewhere. When you walk it instead of just talking it, your teammates will trust you more because you show them your dependability and accountability.

Only you choose if you’re a walker or a talker. Walking it means putting in hard work and long days, but it will always be worth it.

S2: WEEK 1: GOOD LUCK

  • Growth Mindset
  • preparation
  • intentionality
  • relationships
  • consistency
  • goal-setting
  • capability

Whether it’s before a game, a big exam, or a job interview, people like to use the phrase “good luck” to show that they wish us the best. The problem with that phrase is that it hints that we aren’t really the masters of our own success.

 

“Good luck” says we aren’t really in control of whether or not we win the game, pass the test, or get the job offer. The truth is, we are in control. We control how much time we spend practicing drills and running plays before game, how hard we push to get faster, better, and stronger. We are not passive participants in our futures. We are active creators.

 

 

S2: WEEK 2: LITTLE THINGS

  • Work Ethic
  • consistency
  • little things
  • next step
  • small step big goal
  • little moments
  • action

Everyone loves celebrating the big things, but people tend to forget all of the little things that had to happen to make those big things a reality.But, because the focus is so often on celebrating the big things instead of the little victories, we sometimes buy the lie that it’s only important to be successful in the big things.

 

That if we’re excellent on game day, we don’t have to work as hard in the off-season, or excel in the classroom. It doesn’t work that way, though. How we handle the little things expresses how we’ll handle the bigs things.

 

If we want to find success on the field or court for the big wins, we need to commit to giving our best at the little things first.

 

 

S2: WEEK 4: SECOND WIND

  • Grit
  • perseverance
  • four Cs of parenting
  • positivity
  • consistency

When we refuse to give up at the end of our first wind, a second wind rises up and we discover that we are capable of more than we ever believed. Most people never experience that realization because they are too quick to throw in the towel. But, if we put in the work long enough, hard enough, our perseverance is rewarded. We live in a world that is quick to quit. A lot of people are willing to quit as soon as whatever they are doing becomes inconvenient.

 

They think it should’ve been easier than it was, so they just walk away. Those people are unsuccessful because they aren’t willing to persevere through their first wind to get to their second wind.

 

We just have to remember that it’s not always easy to tell when we’ve hit the end of our first wind. The only way to really know, is to keep going.

 

 

S2: WEEK 5: ON PURPOSE

  • Goals
  • 168 hours
  • efficiency
  • family
  • narrative
  • action
  • preparation

No one just stumbles into success. We have to succeed on purpose. Goals and plans are essential, but the only thing that actually leads to success is purposed action. A lot of time is spent focusing on why we are doing things.

 

What is our reason and purpose for wanting to achieve this specific end result? Why is this goal special? But that’s not really what we’re talking about right now. There’s a difference between having a purpose and acting with purpose. Having a purpose means having a goal that we are working towards for a reason. Acting with purpose means intentionally performing the actions required to reach that goal.

 

 

S2: WEEK 6: IMPRESS VS. IMPACT

  • Servant Leadership
  • reward
  • impact
  • coaching beyond the game

Everyday, we have a choice to make as to whether we want to impress people or impact people’s lives.

 

When we focus on trying to impress others, we care about our reputations (and ourselves) more than we care about the impact we can have on the lives of others. The desire to impress others means that our purpose in life is one of selfishness and striving to be enough based on what other people see, rather than what we actually are. No matter what we do, it will never be enough because we will never receive enough accolades or applause to feel that we have really and truly succeeded.

 

When we instead focus on trying to have an impact on others, we care about our character and the people we can assist more than we care about the records we can break to gain attention. When we desire to be impactful, our purpose is one of selflessness and striving to make the world a better place because we genuinely care about others.

 

 

S2: WEEK 7: ALL IN

  • Growth Mindset
  • trust
  • if/then
  • mindset
  • building trust
  • remaining calm

It’s easy to say “I’m all in.” But how many of us actually put in 100% if we’re really being honest?

 

It’s hard to actually go all in. What if we put all we have into this moment right here and it doesn’t work out? What if we give it our all throughout the game, and then we’re stuck in overtime with no energy left? “What if” is a mindset that will strangle our ability to give our all to anything. When we focus too much on what could potentially happen, the fear of not being prepared for it can cripple us.

 

We need to let go of the “What if” mindset. We need to let go of the fear to trust. Because it’s only when we let go of the “What if” mindset that we can go all in on our goals and dreams. It’s only when we let go of the fear of trust that we can go all in on ourselves, our teammates, and our coaches.

 

 

S2: WEEK 8: OUGHT VS. IS

  • Work Ethic
  • ghandi
  • belief
  • thought
  • action
  • change
  • team values

There are a lot of things that ought to (or ought not) be.

 

The world isn’t perfect, and it isn’t fair. There are things that happen everyday that shouldn’t happen even once, and there are things that happen only rarely that should happen multiple times per day. There is a gap between what ought to be and what is. That gap presents an opportunity, though.

 

It gives us a place to invest our time, energy, and resources. Because what ought to be is just a perception. It’s a dream. What is exists in the throes of reality, but it can be changed, and that change occurs in the gap between what ought to be and what is.

 

In the end, the only thing that will bridge that gap, is our action.

 

 

S2: WEEK 9: CHARACTER VS. REPUTATION

  • Personal Code
  • discipline
  • core values
  • team values
  • family values

Character will always overcome reputation. Sometimes that’s hard to believe because the cost has to be paid now, but the reward comes later. It’s a bit like saving for a car or college. We feel the pinch in the present and only have an intangible vision of the future to convince us that we’re doing the right thing by sacrificing now for something better later.

 

What’s on the inside will always overcome what’s on the outside.

 

Our character will always catch up to our reputation. The things that are true about us on the inside (our character) are always greater than what seems to be true on the outside (our reputation). Besides, it’s draining to live two separate lives. The energy we spend cultivating our reputation would be much better spent cultivating our character.

 

 

S2: WEEK 10: IN IT

  • Servant Leadership
  • sacrifice
  • leadership
  • communication

Tomorrow’s leaders are built in today’s locker rooms. Playing on our teams are the nurses, teachers, politicians, lawyers, and doctors of the future. But becoming tomorrow’s leaders requires a willingness to assume a leadership role, not just tomorrow, but also today. The best leaders are willing to sacrifice to serve others.

 

They will do the things that no one else does. Leaders are willing to pay the higher cost because serving others is so worth it. We should be the leaders who are willing to get in it and take care of business.

 

The leaders who jump right in to help others become their best selves. If we can do that, then we will be leaders worth following.

 

 

S2: WEEK 11: DEMAND EXCELLENCE

  • Goals
  • 168 hours
  • fail greatly
  • integrity
  • effort
  • preparation
  • excellence
  • helping others
  • leadership

Preparation. Integrity. Effort. PIE. We are the only ones who can control those three key ingredients to excellence. To achieve excellence, we should always be driven by our integrity. Then, we know that we did things the right way for the right reason.

 

When we act with integrity, we are striving for excellence. Only we can make the choice to act with integrity, and there is no one to blame but ourselves if we don’t.

 

Excellence is not defined by points or any other game stat. It is defined by our preparation and effort, which hinges on our integrity. When we prepare well, and when we give our best effort, it shows that we are acting with integrity. Those three things are what qualify us to execute on our goals and dreams.

 

 

S2: WEEK 12: CALLED OUT

  • Grit
  • praise in public
  • correct in private
  • control response
  • correction
  • criticism
  • honesty

How we respond when we get called out will tell us more about our future than anything else because if we are unwilling to accept correction, we can’t grow. There are two reactions to correction: we either reject the person’s comments as unnecessary criticism or we accept that the person is offering a potentially valuable alternative perspective.

 

When we look at advice or criticism objectively instead of personally, we are separating who we are from what we do. And by doing so, we are better able to accept personal responsibility when we really did mess up. If we can’t or aren’t willing to make that distinction, we end up feeling attacked and may lash out at the other person instead of accepting that there may be value in what has been said.

 

When we get called out, instead of throwing out an excuse or rejecting it as personal criticism, we should view it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

 

S2: WEEK 13: YOU VS. YOU

  • Personal Code
  • comparison
  • competition
  • make a plan

When we think about competition, we probably think about competing against another person or multiple people. Running a race, playing monopoly, or eating hotdogs are all competitions against another person.

 

But even when we participate in a competition with others, there’s always one competitor that we should be striving to beat, more than any other: ourselves.

 

When we focus on competing with another person, we just have to be as good as them, or slightly better than they are. That limits how good we actually are or should be. When we focus on competing with ourselves, there’s no limit to how great we can become.

 

 

S2: WEEK 14: DEEPER ALIGNMENT

  • Servant Leadership
  • Purpose
  • alignment
  • FAMILY

The lessons you learn in the locker room can shape and change you for the rest of your life. Success in sports has a short shelf life; you can only play sports for so long before your body says it has had enough. Even if you’re the best athlete ever, the day will come when your ambition takes you to a place that terminates on a dead end road.

 

Character building is not about a lack of ambition. It’s about a deeper alignment with what matters most in your life. Your goals should be bigger than winning a state championship because that in itself doesn’t describe success. Winning is a byproduct of being successful, but being successful is not always a byproduct of winning.

 

 

S2: WEEK 15: NEXT STEP

  • Work Ethic
  • next step
  • focus forward
  • future-tripping
  • effort
  • encouragement
  • next play best play
  • let go
  • own mistakes

The most important step we will ever take towards reaching our goal is the next step. It doesn’t matter if we’re on step 15 or if we haven’t even taken a step yet toward the end goal. No matter where we are on the present journey, the most important step is the one we are about to take.

 

Instead of ruminating on the past or trying to predict the future, we should be focusing on the one thing we can control: the next step

 

 

S2: WEEK 16: FAIL FORWARD

  • Goals
  • failure
  • mistakes
  • rejection
  • learning from mistakes
  • fear of failure
  • failure is an event
  • not a person
  • owning
  • mistakes
  • courage
  • humility
  • story state strategy

We hear people say “failure is not an option” so often it’s become cliche. It’s right in one sense, though not the way most people mean it when they say the words. Failure is not an option (or is not optional) because failure is a fact of life. We will all fail at some point.

 

The only thing optional about failure is how we fail. We can either fail forwards or backwards. If we choose to fail forward, our failures can help us become better. If we choose to fail backwards, our failures will anchor us to our worst moments. The difference lies in whether we allow ourselves to learn from the failure.

 

 

S2: WEEK 17: THANK FULL

  • Growth Mindset
  • gratitude
  • thankfulness
  • be grateful
  • struggle
  • life happens for me
  • what are you full of?
  • positivity
  • perspective
  • where there's a will there's a w
  • positive mindset
  • narrative
  • thankfulness gratitude journal

Every person we meet is either going through a struggle, coming out of a struggle, or about to go into a struggle. There’s nothing we can do about that because we can’t control whether we are going to struggle. In a sense, that’s kind of freeing because it means we have no reason to be ashamed that we are struggling.

 

Struggle comes in a lot of forms, big and small. It could be something like losing a loved one or a change in our family’s financial situation. It could be failing to grasp a class subject or having trouble memorizing a complicated play.

 

Overcoming trials and struggle is how we grow into the most complete version of ourselves. Steel doesn’t become one of the hardest workable materials on earth unless it is tempered with fire, and a person doesn’t understand their true inner character without struggle. There is a bright future awaiting us, but we have to go through struggle to get to it.

 

 

S2: WEEK 18: CHAMPIONSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Grit
  • champion
  • accountability
  • responsibility
  • internal and external
  • standards
  • integrity
  • ownership
  • effort
  • holding others accountable
  • support network

To be a champion, you need both internal and external accountability.

 

Internal accountability is the standard you set for yourself based on your own integrity. It’s what makes you take ownership for your actions. It pushes you to prepare to the best of you ability and to put forth your best effort. It drives your commitment to your goals.

 

You have to hold yourself to your own highest standards. Nobody can do that for you. Without internal accountability, you’re more likely to make excuses for why you lost a game or didn’t finish the assignment that was due today. You’ll be less likely to own up to your mistakes, and if you don’t own your mistakes, they will start to own you.

 

 

S2: WEEK 19: DARE GREATLY

  • Growth Mindset
  • grit
  • fear of failure
  • process
  • outcome
  • results
  • seeking
  • perfection
  • success
  • struggle
  • what gets rewarded gets repeated
  • be better than good enough
  • failure is an event not a person
  • criticism

Failure is a part of life. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you’re doing, you’re going to fail.

 

When we are terrified of failure, we end up paralyzing ourselves. We become so afraid to fail that we end up sitting on the sidelines, watching as the game, and our lives, pass us by.

 

When you’re more concerned with the way that you fight than you are the outcome of the fight, you begin to realize the real victory is in the struggle. The real victory is in the process, not just the outcome.

 

 

S2: WEEK 20: ONE DAY

  • Work Ethic
  • Growth mindset
  • one day vs some day
  • today is an opportunity
  • how to tackle big goals
  • selfish vs selfless
  • leadership
  • next step best step
  • deadline
  • due date
  • preparation

Do you live life with a “one day” mindset, or a “someday” mindset?

 

With a “one day” mindset, you understand one very simple fact: You understand that today is all you have. Your effort is not diluted by a date on the calendar. You only get one chance to do today’s workout…learn today’s classwork…show today’s kindness. You only get one chance to give your all today.

 

Whether you give your best or not, that opportunity is gone. Today is all you have.

 

Do not neglect the work of today. Do not put it off until tomorrow.

 

 

S2: WEEK 21: ELEVATE AND CELEBRATE

  • Personal Code
  • humility
  • meekness
  • who you are
  • self-worth

True humility isn’t about peacocking around the locker room all puffed up and cocky. When you’re truly humble, you can elevate others, encourage others, and lift them up when they succeed. You can celebrate your teammates when they set a school record, score the game winning play (that you hoped you would score), or have something great happen for them.

 

True humility is possible when you find your identity not in what you do, but in who you are. Your worth comes not from things like looks, or strength, or brains. Your worth comes from who you are and the reality that there is breath in your lungs.

 

 

S2: WEEK 22: GREATNESS IS

  • Servant Leadership
  • greatness
  • success
  • then what
  • team brand
  • give back to the community
  • community engagement
  • community service
  • high standards
  • character
  • goal-setting

We are hardwired for greatness. Everything in us longs for and fights for greatness.

 

When you start to believe that greatness is found on a scoreboard, or in your status or in an ability, you buy a lie and miss the true definition of greatness. Greatness isn’t found in comparison, stats, or fame. And that is a good thing!

 

True greatness, however isn’t an exclusive club. It is an inclusive one. That’s because true greatness is found within you, and within your ability to serve. Dr. King put it like this: “Anyone can be great. Because greatness is defined by service.” Your capacity to serve, and thereby become great, is not limited by what someone else can do. Instead, it is only limited by what you are willing to do.

 

Greatness is not found in a scoreboard. It is found within. Because it is within that you have the ability to serve.

 

 

S2: WEEK 23: PLUS ONE

  • Goals
  • champion
  • effort
  • incremental
  • incremental change
  • improvement
  • growth Mindset
  • Growth
  • sir Dave brailsford
  • one percent
  • marginal gains
  • face reality
  • own the challenge
  • work until its done
  • visualize
  • execute
  • work ethic

Champions don’t just win championships.

 

Too often, people believe they can “hack” their way to champion status but cutting out the “fluff” and only focusing their efforts on making the “big changes” they see champions make. While there is no doubt value in learning from the greats –after all, success leaves clues– we must learn about all the champions do, not just the big things.

 

It will always be the commitment to and execution of the unseen and difficult fine tuning that separates the best, from rest. If you want to reach your goals in sports or in life, you’ve got to commit yourself to the small, incremental, fine tuning.

 

This week, and every other, let’s commit to steady, consistent, incremental growth. To the Plus One.

 

 

S2: WEEK 24: SO WHAT?

  • Grit
  • story
  • who you are
  • you are enough
  • sense of self
  • belief in self
  • sacrifice
  • delayed gratification
  • respect for self and others
  • self-respect
  • doubt

When hard times come, the most important question you can ask yourself is a simple one: So what?

 

Not “So what? I don’t care…your pain doesn’t matter,” but “So what am I going to do about it? Something has to be done, so what am I going to do about it?”

 

Consider this: when you focus on things you can’t control, it negatively influences the story that you tell about yourself. And the story you tell about yourself, determines the choices you make.

 

But when you focus on what you can control, it positively influences your story. Rather than a woe is me story, you start to tell a story that sounds like, “I can’t control what happened to me, but I can control what I do with what happened to me.”

 

This week, and every other, let’s commit to steady, consistent, incremental growth. To the Plus One.

 

 

S2: WEEK 25: WORTH IT

  • Growth Mindset
  • who you are
  • you are enough
  • sense of self
  • belief in self
  • sacrifice
  • delayed gratification
  • respect for self and others
  • self-respect
  • doubt
  • insecurity
  • self-worth

The day you choose to believe that you are worth it– worth the sacrifice, the investment, the hustle, the fight– is the day your life will change. Whatever it costs; whatever it takes; whatever lengths, you are worth it.

 

The day that you decide that your value isn’t found in what you DO, but in who you ARE is the day that everything will change for you. That will be the day you start to realize that it’s not about what you BRING to the table, but the fact that you’re AT the table. When that happens, you will begin to value yourself based on the INTERNAL, not the EXTERNAL, and as a result, you begin to raise the standard of what you DO– both on and off the field.

 

You will never find success if you don’t believe that you’re worthy of being successful.

 

Your coaches believe you are worth it. Your teachers, counselors, and family believe you are worth it. The question is, do you?

 

 

S2: WEEK 26: NEVER GIVEN (ALWAYS CHOSEN)

  • Work Ethic
  • success
  • entitlement
  • hard work
  • work hard
  • success is earned
  • should mindset
  • preparation
  • learning from others
  • gratitude
  • taking ownership

Success is NEVER GIVEN.

 

It is ALWAYS CHOSEN. ALWAYS EARNED.

 

If you’re not willing to work your tail off for something, how valuable is that thing? Probably not very. It ought to be hard to reach your goals. They’re supposed to be difficult. They’re supposed to take sacrifice and struggle. They ought to cost you something. If they don’t, you’ll throw in the towel as soon as things get difficult.

 

Success in sports and in life is never given, and that’s a good thing. It’s always earned. Always chosen– and that is a great thing.

 

 

S2: WEEK 27: LOVE WINS

  • Personal Code
  • unconditional love
  • we not me
  • put others first
  • love your goals
  • goal-setting
  • growth mindset
  • patience
  • kindness

No matter where you go in the world, if you were to ask the question, “What is the most powerful force and emotion on earth?” 9 times out of 10 you’ll get the same answer. Love.

 

Love is patient. Have you ever known a champion who wasn’t willing to commit to something? Who wasn’t willing to put in the hard work and wait for what they were striving for? Of course not! Champions are patient, and so is love.

 

Love is kind and kindness is strength. Kindness is going all in for your teammates. Even if you’ve got a beef off the field. It’s going all in for them not because of who THEY are, but because of who YOU are. Champions are strong and kind, and so is love.

Love doesn’t have a swelled head. Love doesn’t score and say, “Look at me!” it scores and says, “Look at y’all! I wouldn’t be here without you!” Champions don’t have a swelled head, and neither does love.

 

Love never gives up. Nobody has ever quit their way to success. Nobody has ever won a gold medal by throwing in the towel when things got tough, things didn’t go their way, or people told them that they wouldn’t make it. Champions never give up, and neither does love.

 

 

S2: WEEK 28: ATTITUDE AND ACTION

  • Servant Leadership
  • personal code
  • attitude
  • belief
  • trust
  • reaction vs response
  • extra attention
  • open door
  • personal development
  • 7 Cs
  • commitment
  • care
  • culture
  • consistency
  • consistency

People will always interpret your actions based on your attitude.

 

When people trust your attitude, they trust your actions.

 

Think of a heated moment on the field or the court. The game is close, and the referee calls you out for your attitude on the field, tells you that you need to calm down. What’s your reaction? It’s likely to be something along the lines of “You don’t know me. You don’t get to tell me how to react. You’ve got something against me.”

 

The hard part is that you can’t just stand up and proclaim, “my actions are right and my attitude is trustworthy, so if you don’t like it I don’t know what to tell you. This is the way it is.”

 

You know that your coach is on your team. You trust their ATTITUDE towards you, so you trust their ACTIONS towards you as well.

 

Total effort requires totality.

 

 

S2: WEEK 29: THERMOSTAT VS. THERMOMETER

  • Goals
  • Servant Leadership
  • diligence
  • energy
  • reliability
  • effort
  • ethos
  • culture
  • planning
  • impact
  • influence
  • change

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? It may sound like a silly question, but it has some serious implications for your success on the field, and in the game of life.

 

A thermometer can only respond to, and be influenced by the elements around it. When the temperature goes up, so does the thermometer; when it goes down, so goes the thermometer. A thermostat, however influences the environment around. Things get too hot? Then the thermostat cools things off. Are things too cold? Then the thermostat warms the room up. The thermostat influences the environment around it.

 

Everyday, you must ask yourself, “Did I set the temperature of my life, or did others set it for me?

 

 

S2: WEEK 30: GET UNCOMFORTABLE

  • Grit
  • perseverance
  • character
  • success
  • determination
  • delayed
  • gratification
  • time
  • hope

Successful people are always OK with, and made better by, the uncomfortable. The friction of discomfort moves them forward. That’s because they understand that perseverance in trial develops character, and that character leads to a competitive advantage.

 

When we do something new, seemingly impossible, or hard, we receive a make-you-better-gift! If we can learn to be comfortable in the uncomfortable, then we can learn the power of delayed gratification– saying no to comfort today, to receive greater reward tomorrow. Our lives will be changed, and we will have the power to take on whatever comes our way.

 

Make no mistake, life will be uncomfortable. Grit helps us get through. By choosing to do the difficult and hard things, we become better. GET UNCOMFORTABLE!

 

 

S2: WEEK 31: STAND TALL

  • Growth Mindset
  • Personal Code
  • body language
  • communication
  • belief
  • limiting beliefs
  • enabling beliefs

Our body language will communicate things that our words never will. Words can be misunderstood, misinterpreted, or manipulated, but our body language will always tell the truth. It will always give us away.

 

It’s a universal language.

 

Your legs are burning, lungs on fire and your primary instinct is to bend over, put your hands on your knees, and catch your breath. At that moment, what does coach say?

 

“Stand tall!”

 

Why? Because when you bend over, you’re communicating much more than you think: “I’m giving up”, “My circumstances are winning”, or even “You can’t count on me.”

 

But when you decide to stand tall, it communicates to everybody around you that you can be trusted. That you will be there when things get difficult.

 

 

S2: WEEK 32: X FACTOR

  • Work Ethic
  • Grit
  • hard work
  • character
  • humility
  • belief

What does it take to win?

 

Lots of people will point to things that they see in those that are at the top of the game. In the champions. In those basking in the spotlight. They’ll point to strategy, or talent, or execution. And they wouldn’t be wrong to do so– all of those things matter. If you’re going to play sports at a competitive level, it certainly helps to know what to do, how to do it, and to be talented enough to execute on it.

 

But as anybody will tell you, talent alone doesn’t win titles. Strategy and execution alone don’t win championships. They are merely your tickets in the door. The difference between where you and where you want to be is not in those things, but in the X factor.

 

 

S2: WEEK 33: CHARACTER VS. TALENT

  • Personal Code
  • Growth Mindset
  • talent
  • character
  • self-discipline
  • accountability
  • selflessness
  • humility
  • emotional intelligence
  • EQ

To maximize the impact you can have on the world, yourself and your team, It’s not complicated; it’s as simple as two words: character vs. talent.

 

Too often we’re disproportionately focused on talent over character. We view talent as the way to make it. We strive to develop our talent; maximize our skill; because we think it’s the thing that will drive us to succeed in life. All the while it’s easy to neglect character.

 

How many division one athletes do you know who are untalented? You see, at a certain level, talent levels out. To maximize your talent, you have to must maximize your character. The strength of your character will determine the success of your talents.

 

 

S2: WEEK 34: AND LEAD

  • Servant Leadership
  • leading by example
  • modeling behavior
  • hypocrisy
  • influence

Setting the example is important but it’s not the whole story. When we stop at “lead by example” we miss out on the fact that leadership requires the ability to move people further than they thought they could go. What if we saw it all the way to the end. We set the example, AND lead. We do OUR job then we help OTHERS do their jobs.

 

It’s true in sports, and it’s true in life. When you find yourself in a situation that isn’t living up to the standards and morals you’ve committed to adhering to, you could set the example and do what’s right for you, and hide in the corner and let everybody else screw up. But how much of a leader would that make you?

 

John Maxwell says it best: “A leader is one who knows the way, who goes the way, and who shows the way.”

 

So let’s know the way, go the way, and show the way. Let’s set the example AND lead.

 

 

S2: WEEK 35: TOTAL EFFORT

  • Goals
  • Work Ethic
  • effort
  • standards
  • structure
  • all in
  • integrity

In everything you do, whether in sports or in life, in order to succeed, there’s one thing that you need to bring. One thing that you need to summon from deep within yourself. One thing that will make all the difference.

 

You’ve got to bring your total effort.

 

Not A LOT of effort. Not more effort than you brought last time. Not more effort than the player to your right or to your left. You’ve got to bring total effort. You can give more effort than the person on your right and left, and still not give TOTAL effort.

 

Total effort requires totality.

 

 

S2: WEEK 36: THUNDER VS. LIGHTNING

  • Grit
  • Work
  • praise
  • casting vision
  • action
  • goals
  • growth mindset
  • empty gym
  • influence
  • impact

We live in a world that is obsessed with proclaiming all that they’re going to do. What they want to do. Our world loves the “gonna” and the “wanna.” They talk non stop about their goals, so much so that they begin to be praised for it because they talk about it so much that people believe they’re getting something done.

 

You see thunder in the weight room. People who show up so they can post that they were there. People who spend more time trying to get the right angle for their selfie than they do actually working out.

 

But as it turns out, that old Chinese proverb is true: “Mere talk does not cook rice.”

 

When you’re willing to do the work no matter the praise, you’re suddenly qualified to do the work.

 

Total effort requires totality.

 

 

S1: WEEK 1: HIGHER STANDARDS

  • Personal Code
  • high standards
  • support system
  • peer pressure
  • family standards
  • mentorship

A standard is defined as “a level of quality or attainment.” It’s a measure of accountability that directly impacts the your impact in sports and in the game of life.

 

When you have low standards, you will low success. However, the opposite is also true. As the level of your standards increase, so increases your success. That because with higher standards, comes a higher level of accountability, training, commitment, grit, and focus on goal achievement. Your success in the game of life is directly related to the standards you hold yourself to.

 

 

S1: WEEK 2: SACRIFICE REQUIRED

  • Work Ethic
  • Grit
  • sacrifice required
  • leaders set the example
  • willing sacrifice
  • work now reap later
  • work now reap rewards later
  • sacrifice for family

There are a lot of things, when it comes to finding success in the game of life, that are optional. Whatever you might find on that exhaustive list, the one thing you will not find is sacrifice.

 

Sacrifice is required for reaching your goals as an individual and as a team.

 

As challenging as this concept is, it is worth every painful moment. When you learn how to use sacrifice to your advantage, you unlock a door to success that few people are ever willing to walk through. The reality of sports and of the game of life, however, is that if you don’t sacrifice for you goals, then you will sacrifice your goals. Either way, sacrifice is required.

 

Dave Ramsey is onto something when he says, “The most important decision about your goals is not what you’re willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up.”

 

Most people are willing “to do”, but very few are willing to “give up”.

 

This week we are going to focus on creating a mentality and a culture that celebrates the “sacrifice required” mentality. Through physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging ourselves; celebrating the times and people around us who demonstrate sacrifice; and writing our own story of how our sacrifice is worth it, when we sacrifice for the right things.

 

 

S1: WEEK 2: SACRIFICE REQUIRED

  • Work Ethic
  • Grit
  • sacrifice required
  • leaders set the example
  • willing sacrifice
  • work now reap later
  • work now reap rewards later
  • sacrifice for family

There are a lot of things, when it comes to finding success in the game of life, that are optional. Whatever you might find on that exhaustive list, the one thing you will not find is sacrifice.

 

Sacrifice is required for reaching your goals as an individual and as a team.

 

As challenging as this concept is, it is worth every painful moment. When you learn how to use sacrifice to your advantage, you unlock a door to success that few people are ever willing to walk through. The reality of sports and of the game of life, however, is that if you don’t sacrifice for you goals, then you will sacrifice your goals. Either way, sacrifice is required.

 

Dave Ramsey is onto something when he says, “The most important decision about your goals is not what you’re willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up.”

 

Most people are willing “to do”, but very few are willing to “give up”.

 

This week we are going to focus on creating a mentality and a culture that celebrates the “sacrifice required” mentality. Through physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging ourselves; celebrating the times and people around us who demonstrate sacrifice; and writing our own story of how our sacrifice is worth it, when we sacrifice for the right things.

 

 

S1: WEEK 3: MOST VALUABLE

  • Servant Leadership
  • serving others
  • service
  • team goals
  • putting others first
  • communication

Who is the most valuable person in your life? You might say your mom, your grandfather, or maybe even your girlfriend or boyfriend. Sure, there’s always an easy answer to that question, but the easy answer may not always be the most accurate. If we zoomed out of your life and looked at the person you value the most, do the most for, and focus on the most, you’d most likely be looking in the mirror.

 

If you want to find success in the game of life, then you must learn to treat every person you meet, from the custodian to the coach that’s recruiting you, the same. Treat every person you meet like they are the most valuable person you’ve ever met.

 

 

S1: WEEK 4: R FACTOR

  • Grit
  • Growth Mindset
  • family standards
  • setting a good example
  • modelling behavior
  • responsive vs reactionary
  • control your response

You can’t control the events in your life– most of the things that happen to you in life will be beyond your control. Events you don’t plan for and outcomes beyond your control are the norm, and out of your hands. But there is one thing you can always control, and that is your response to a given situation. You can always control your response.

 

We call that the R-Factor, and if you want success in the game of life, it might be the most important thing that you have to master in all your life.

 

 

S1: WEEK 5: KNOCK KNOCK

  • Goals
  • creating opportunity
  • education
  • relationship skills
  • integrity
  • lifestyle
  • action not access
  • hard work
  • work ethic

We’ve all heard the saying, “When opportunity knocks, you better open the door.” That phrase claims if you’re not in the right place at the right time, you’ll miss your shot.

 

Let’s get one thing straight: opportunity it not a unicorn. It’s not rare, and it’s definitely not a once in a lifetime chance. Opportunity is everywhere. The question is not, when will opportunity knock? The real question is, what doors am I building for opportunity to knock on?

 

 

S1: WEEK 6: BECOME PERFECT

  • Growth Mindset
  • Goals
  • growth not perfection
  • learning from mistakes
  • consequences
  • WISDOM
  • gratitude
  • strength
  • creating opportunity
  • perspective, #intention

There are two types of mindsets people operate from: a fixed-mindset and a growth-mindset. But there is only one mindset that leads to success: the growth mindset. That’s because the growth mindset isn’t focused on where you’ve been or what you have, it’s focused on where you’re going. It’s focused not on what you have in this moment, but instead on what you’re going to gain in every moment between now and then.

 

“Become perfect” is a growth mindset. “Become perfect” says “I may not be there today, but I’m going to get there soon.”

 

 

S1: WEEK 7: WHAT IF?

  • Growth Mindset
  • dream big
  • ask what if
  • overcome fear
  • zero waste mindset
  • growth not perfection

Every great idea the world has ever known began with the question, “What if?” From Thomas Edison to Dr. King, Kenny Sailors to Mark Zuckerburg, BIG ideas begin with a with small question.

 

Sadly, so many people refuse to “risk the if” and settle for the “is.” What is acceptable? What is easy? What is the path of least resistance?

 

But, for those who are willing to risk failure, there is a world of unfathomable possibility– not only in for your life, but through your life. IF you can ask the right question.

 

 

S1: WEEK 8: NO EXCUSES

  • Work Ethic
  • Servant Leadership
  • expensive
  • language
  • backpack full of bricks
  • ownership
  • accountability
  • 3-why method

“No excuses” might be the most cliche, over-used, and repeated phrase in all of sports. It has been shouted, drilled, and repeated in every locker room from the big apple to the pineapple, plastered on walls, and printed on t-shirts.

 

Yet, as familiar, and self-explanatory as this phrase is, few people (especially high-school students) every actually put it into practice. In fact, most student athletes do the exact opposite: they give excuses after tired excuse.

 

The reality is, however, that excuses have NEVER ONCE lead to success. Ever. So, if we want to be the kind of men and women that find success, despite our circumstances, we must learn to do more than talk about “No excuses.”

 

 

S1: WEEK 9: 5 P’S

  • Personal Code
  • Work Ethic
  • 168 hours
  • preparation
  • prior preparation permits proper

When is the game really won? Is it when you run up the scoreboard? When the clock ticks out to zero? When you stride a few inches longer than your opponent?

 

While all those are technically true, they don’t tell the whole story.

 

You will only spend 8 percent of your time competing. You spend 92 percent of your time practicing, watching film, working on the fundamentals and lifting in the weight room.

 

 

S1: WEEK 10: 18 INCHES

  • Servant Leadership
  • coachable
  • the power of why
  • communication
  • commitment
  • explanation
  • Personal Code

We can HEAR all of the right things that we ever need to hear in life–all of the love and encouragement, that we are valued or that we have potential, inspirational talks, great speeches, or be given hope and encouragement, the right game plan, or the right play call. We can HEAR everything right, but until what we HEAR, travels the 18 inches from our “hear to our heart”, and becomes something we DO, nothing will ever come from it.

 

We can hear about being successful, and we can think about being successful, but until we actually do what is right we will not be successful– not in sports and not in the game of life.

 

 

S1: WEEK 11: ONE THING

  • Goals
  • family goal
  • next step
  • little things
  • reverse engineer
  • goal-setting
  • Personal Code

Your future success is dependent upon you doing the right work, right now. Not just hard work, but the right work. And not just the right work; not just hard work tomorrow, or yesterday, but right now. Success is found when you do the right work, right now.

 

That’s why it is so important to find the one thing that you’ve got today to make you successful tomorrow. When you hyper-focus on the one thing you need to do today, everyday, and then you do it again and again for the rest of your life, you find success like you’ve never imagined.

 

 

S1: WEEK 12: PURPOSED PAIN

  • Grit
  • Goals
  • integrity
  • struggle
  • focus forward
  • communication
  • pain
  • control anger

Have you ever wondered the difference between those people who are rushed by adversity and those who are catapulted by it? What makes some people fall apart when pain and adversity comes their way, while other people seem to be made stronger by it?

 

Zig Ziglar said, “Tough times don’t last; tough people do.”

 

Perhaps the single greatest characteristic of a “tough person” is there ability to transform their pain into “purposed pain.” When a person, 18 or 80, can point their pain in a positive direction they forge a strength that will allow them to be overcome any obstacle, achieve any goal, and become more than they ever imagined.

 

 

S1: WEEK 13: OWN IT

  • Growth Mindset
  • Personal Code
  • standards
  • expectations
  • rules
  • mistakes
  • accountability
  • responsibility
  • future-tripping
  • own your mistakes

“The best players learn from their mistakes…That’s what separates the leader on the court from the pack.” Pau Gasol

 

Nobody likes making mistakes. They’re embarrassing. They’re uncomfortable. They make you confront the fact that you are not perfect.

 

When we let go of the fear and negative power of making mistakes, there’s no limit to what we can do.

 

 

S1: WEEK 14: WHY NOT?

  • Servant Leadership
  • Growth Mindset
  • integrity
  • honesty
  • excellence
  • aggregation of marginal gains
  • marginal gains
  • improvement

When Jimmy Carter, who would become the 39th President of the United States, was a naval officer, he interviewed for a position serving under Admiral Hyman Rickover, then head of the U.S. Nuclear Navy.

 

After a long and difficult interview, where Carter tried his best to impress him, the admiral asked him: “Did you do your best at everything?”

 

Given that this was an interview, it probably would have been in his best interest to just say “Yes!” emphatically. But, he couldn’t give that yes and retain his integrity.

 

 

S1: WEEK 15: OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

  • Work Ethic
  • hard work
  • success
  • servant leadership
  • have a plan
  • process

We’ve all had daydreams of being “discovered” out of the blue for our awesome talents. It looks like it happens all the time: a YouTuber’s video goes viral or a hot new musician pops up from nowhere. Outside looking in, success just happened like they wished on a lucky penny and *poof* there it was. But, internet celebrities, musicians, and pro athletes have given us a skewed view of what it means to be successful. So often, those big careers make it seem like success just happens overnight.

 

One day, he’s joe schmoe, and the next, he’s world famous. It doesn’t work that way, though. Success isn’t something that just happens. These celebrities weren’t just walking down the street one day when they ran face first into fame. They worked long and hard for that recognition.

 

 

S1: WEEK 16: FOCUS FORWARD

  • Goals
  • grit
  • tenacity
  • perspective
  • focus forward
  • goal-setting
  • perseverance

Forward is not just a direction. It’s a mindset.

 

Having the focus and tenacity to keep moving forward no matter what distractions come your way is a powerful tool.

 

The greatest predictor of success is not intelligence, physical strength, natural aptitude, or even a combination of these things. Instead, the greatest factor in whether or not a person can accomplish their goals is one thing: Grit.

 

 

S1: WEEK 17: CLARK KENT

  • Personal Code
  • Servant Leadership
  • character
  • reputation
  • foundation
  • coaching beyond the game
  • potential

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are.” John Wooden

 

Superheroes often wear disguises to hide their identities from the world. One of the most famous examples is Superman’s disguise as Clark Kent, but we can all think of plenty of others.

 

In a similar way, we wear disguises everyday based on where we are or who we’re with. These disguises are natural, but they’re also a defense mechanism. We wear them because we’re afraid that if we show people who we really are, we might be rejected or ridiculed.

 

 

S1: WEEK 18: GUARANTEED STRUGGLE

  • Grit
  • struggle
  • pain
  • coping mechanisms
  • overcome

“Struggle is guaranteed; success is optional.” Coach Mackey

 

Struggle shows up in every area of our life at some point. Struggle can be having a hard time learning a new subject or having to push yourself to the edge of exhaustion to finish that mile run or having to deal with a rough home life.

 

But if you didn’t struggle, how would you ever learn? And if you didn’t learn, how would you ever improve?

 

 

S1: WEEK 19: STEP UP

  • Growth Mindset
  • modiha
  • motivation
  • discipline
  • habit
  • hardship
  • struggle
  • overcome
  • goal-setting
  • servant leadership
  • positive pressure
  • Goals

We step up because we can push our own boundaries. We can go further. We can be faster. We can get better. And we don’t need anyone else to push us to do those things. We have the motivation and discipline inside us to get there.

 

Reminding ourselves to step up is less about having to get better than about knowing we can get better and proving it to ourselves every time we step on the court, field, or track. We can do whatever we can imagine, and the idea of stepping up is just accepting that fact and proving it to ourselves.

 

“Step up” isn’t a negative challenge we should be hearing from other people; it’s a positive challenge we should be giving ourselves everyday.

 

 

S1: WEEK 20: EMBRACE DISCIPLINE

  • Grit
  • discipline
  • self-discipline
  • punishment
  • correction
  • communication
  • improvement
  • Growth

Discipline gives us the impetus to move forward and keep improving. We can imagine laying on a beach without a care all day, but at the end of that day, what has that gained us for the next day? On the other hand, if we spend that day in the weightroom or the classroom, putting our time and energy into enhancing our bodies and our minds, the next day brings new and better things.

 

If we discipline ourselves to do the things we don’t want to do today, we will get the things we do want tomorrow.

 

 

S1: WEEK 21: THREE C’S

  • Servant Leadership
  • response vs reaction
  • control anger
  • control frustration
  • control response
  • Grit

We can’t always predict if something is going to set us off, but we can prepare for situations that we know are more stressful. We know that we’ll be more short-fused during a game than at other times. So how are we going to prepare for that?

 

We know that our fuse gets shorter when preparing for a test, or right after practice, or in the early morning. Before or after whatever activity or during whichever time of day we get prickly, we should already be aware that this is a time when we’re more likely to be short-tempered.

 

So with that knowledge, we have to ask ourselves: How can I prepare so that my fuse stays a little bit longer?

 

 

S1: WEEK 22: CHEAT CODE

  • Work Ethic
  • consistency
  • compartmentalizing
  • struggle
  • pain
  • rock bottom
  • overcome
  • coaching beyond the game
  • Personal Code

There is no shortcut to success. The only way to reach our goals is by being committed to taking the long road. When it comes down it, reaching our goals isn’t all that complicated. It just requires commitment and consistency.

 

 

S1: WEEK 23: LET GO

  • Goals
  • let go
  • overcome
  • pride
  • helping others
  • savor the moment
  • Growth Mindset

If we’re gripping onto something too tightly, whether that thing is good or bad, we’re not paying attention to other things around us that could be even better. When our hand is closed into a tight fist, we can’t accept any gifts. When our mind is latched onto a particular moment, we can’t focus on any other moments.

 

So, the question probably isn’t: Am I holding on to something I should let go of?

 

Instead, the question is: How do I let go of this thing?

 

 

S1: WEEK 24: THEN WHAT?

  • Personal Code
  • good neighbor project
  • community
  • narrative
  • impacting others
  • success vs winning
  • Servant Leadership

“Winning is a greedy mistress.” – Coach Mackey

 

We all want to win, and we don’t want to win just once. We want it over and over and over again. Once we get a little taste of it, we can’t helping wanting just one more taste. In the same way that we want just one more potato chip or just one more day of summer vacation, we want just one more slice of that success pie.

 

 

S1: WEEK 25: SEEMS EASY

  • Work Ethic
  • modece
  • modiha
  • motivation
  • responsibility
  • discipline
  • habit
  • mindset
  • celebrate
  • values

MoDiHa. Motivation → Discipline → Habit.

 

Before the motivation fades, we have to replace it with something a bit sturdier: Discipline. Willpower and structure combine in discipline to keep us moving forward no matter how tough things get. Our goal may seem thousands of miles away and every movement toward it is hard, but with discipline, we can push until we reach a point where it’s not so tough anymore.

 

Before we know it, we’re choosing to get up early, or read in Spanish, or eat a salad without making a conscious choice. We just do it without really thinking about it. At that point, our relentless discipline has formed a habit and changed the way that we think. A change in our thought process doesn’t happen overnight, but with enough discipline and effort over time, we develop habits that make the hard stuff seem easy.

 

 

S1: WEEK 26: BE YOU

  • Personal Code
  • be yourself
  • you are enough
  • relationships

There are thousand of voices out in the world telling you to be something other than who you are. Some of these voices are external. Ads that say you need this makeup or those jeans to be attractive. Bullies who say you aren’t good enough. Well-meaning friends or relatives who tell you to be cautious because they don’t want to see you hurt. Other voices are internal. Fear. Doubt. Insecurity.

 

These voices all have one thing in common: They are 100% wrong.

 

You don’t need to be what anyone else tells you to be. You are enough. Being you is a choice, though. You could pretend to be someone else or follow dreams that aren’t yours. But you are the only you there has ever been, so why would you choose to be anyone other than you?

 

Every person on the planet is a unique individual with their own preferences, personalities, and passions. You should celebrate your unique qualities and those of the people around you. You were created on purpose and for a purpose, and it’s up to you to figure out how that translates into the kind of life you want to lead.

 

Who you are is not dictated by what you do. Rather, what you do reveals who you are. Find what makes you come alive, and do that thing. Don’t let any voice, internal or external, tell you that you can’t. Then, what you do will reveal the fullest expression of who you are.

 

Don’t worry about what the rest of the world wants you to be, just be you.

 

 

S1: WEEK 27: YOUR ROLE

  • Servant Leadership
  • family name
  • others-centered
  • every role matters

“Know your role” often has a negative connotation, as if there’s something wrong with being a roleplayer rather than a playmaker. But there’s no shame in being a linebacker rather than a quarterback or an outfielder rather than a pitcher. They’re all important roles.

 

We all have a role to play on the team and in our lives. We have different jobs that no one else can do. Those things are our responsibilities, and we have to take care of business to get things done.

 

Our roles change throughout our lives. Whatever our current role, we have to do our jobs to the best of our ability. If we’re worried about doing someone else’s job instead, we aren’t taking care of our own job. There’s an old saying “If you chase two rabbits, you’ll catch none.” It means if we’re trying to do our job and someone else’s, things are going to fall through the cracks, and no one wins.

 

 

S1: WEEK 28: BE HERE

  • Goals
  • be present
  • moderation
  • situational awareness
  • active listening
  • Growth Mindset

It’s easy to say “Never give up.” It’s only three words, and saying it costs nothing. It’s a lot harder to back it up, though. It’s hard to refuse to quit when the sun is blazing overhead, or you’re sinking into the mud, or you hurt all over. It’s hard to stand firm in your belief that you can achieve your goals. It gets tempting to just let it go, to just pick an easier dream.

 

You are worth so much more than that, though. You are worth the struggle. You are worth the fight to keep going. Don’t lose sight of that. Nothing is impossible if you keep trying because success alway lies in trying just one more time. Stand firm behind your dreams and keep chasing them because you are worth it. You know it, and so do the people around you.

 

 

S1: WEEK 29: NO FEAR

  • Growth Mindset
  • fear
  • overcome
  • let go
  • focus forward
  • Grit

“Fear is the mind-killer.” Frank Herbert, Dune

 

We’ve all been paralyzed with fright at some point in our lives. Whether it’s from seeing a spider on the shower curtain or walking onto a stage in front of hundreds of people for a speech. We freeze in place for a moment, palms get clammy or sweaty, and our heartbeat picks up the pace. Whatever the cause, no matter how exotic or mundane, fear is universal.

 

That doesn’t mean it’s all powerful. The reactions we experience when confronted with something that scares us is based on how things appear. Fear is how our nervous system reacts to things that we’re programmed to think can kill us. It’s an alert system to move away from the dangerous circumstance as fast as possible. Fear is the belief that if we do this thing, we might get hurt.

 

Fear wants us to believe that we can’t do the things we want to do. It wants to hold us back. But, it only has the power to do so if we let it. If we choose to lean into our fears and face them, fear has no power over us.

 

 

S1: WEEK 30: STAND FIRM

  • Grit
  • let go
  • pride
  • don't quit
  • stand firm
  • Growth
  • Work Ethic

Life is a journey.

 

We can’t focus too much on our past or our future. We have to be here. In this moment. Otherwise, we’ll miss out on all of the great experiences that make life worthwhile. The past is gone, and the future is a mystery. The best things aren’t yet to come. They’re already right here. This day. This hour. This moment.

 

It might not seem like we’re in the best moment already when we’re daydreaming of playing in the pros or moving into our own place. When we’re in the middle of running suicides, right here doesn’t feel like the best moment ever, and we only keep doing it for the future results. When we’re down 20 points in the 4th quarter and the clock just keeps ticking away any chance at redemption, right here doesn’t feel like somewhere we want to be at all.

 

 

S1: WEEK 31: CHARLIE MIKE

  • personal code
  • no excuses
  • stand firm
  • don't quit
  • priority

In the military, missions don’t always run smoothly. Maybe the team doesn’t feel they have the right resources or the situation doesn’t look ideal. They may want to give up on this one.

 

But orders come from the top, and when they request or recommend to abort mission, the answer might instead be: Charlie Mike. Continue Mission.

 

The problem is that when we give up easily on the little things, we train ourselves to give up on the big things. It’s just like working out or running drills. Whatever muscle we give reps to is the muscle that gets stronger.

 

We prefer to take the easy road and quit. We prefer to let the reps for quitting on easy things build that muscle. We prefer to give up on our dreams instead of putting in the hard work to keep going. It’s a choice. We can choose to keep building the quit muscle or we can choose to Charlie Mike.

 

 

S1: WEEK 33: FAMILY NAME

  • personal code
  • tradition
  • legacy
  • family name
  • improvement
  • Growth
  • Servant Leadership

Our lives are touched by several different traditions. These traditions come from our family, our community, our school, and our team.

 

We have a responsibility to uphold these traditions, but also to enhance them. Tradition doesn’t determine what we do. What we do determines our tradition.

 

 

S1: WEEK 34: PERSONAL PRIDE

  • Servant Leadership
  • positive pride
  • pride
  • excellence
  • responsibility
  • growth
  • improvement
  • correction
  • Personal Code

Pride often has negative connotations of arrogance or stubbornness. But pride can be a positive thing. Your actions determine the type of pride you cultivate. Do you cultivate negative pride or positive pride?

 

You can think of positive pride in terms of this acronym: Personal Responsibility In Daily Excellence.

 

Positive pride means taking personal responsibility for your actions everyday. People who exhibit positive pride take ownership of their commitment, effort, and attitude. They recognize that they control the direction their life will take.

 

If you cultivate too much negative pride, it will lead you to reject growth, which means you’ll just be spinning your wheels exactly where you are now. On the other hand, if you cultivate positive pride, you’ll continually grow and expand your opportunities to keep moving forward.

 

 

S1: WEEK 35: YOU CHOOSE

  • Goals
  • decisions
  • responsibility
  • choice
  • personal
  • choice
  • personal development
  • impact
  • impact
  • coaching beyond the game

“No one can choose your character but you.” Coach Mackey

 

Your character is not dictated by your circumstances. You choose the type of character you will develop. Just as you choose your level of commitment and effort or your attitude.

 

All year these lessons have been giving you the building blocks to construct a firm foundation for your character to grow on. The lessons apply to sports and being a good athlete, but they also apply to your life outside of the game.

 

 

S1: WEEK 36: TICK TOCK

  • Work Ethic
  • 168 hours
  • struggle
  • overcome
  • action
  • responsibility

Time is a funny thing. When you’re sitting through a geometry lecture or waiting in line at the store, the minute hand on the clock seems glued in place. When you’re in the last few minutes of the final quarter trying to catch up or playing video games with friends, the seconds seem to flash by at lightning speed.

 

Of course, how it seems isn’t how things really are. This second lasts the same amount of time as the previous second did and the next one will. Whether time seems to drag or zoom, it’s all really moving at the same speed. We’re marching toward the future at an unwavering pace.

 

Every moment is an opportunity to prepare for the next big event or the next struggle waiting just over the horizon. The clock is ticking. Will you be ready?

 

 

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