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Student Athlete: Don’t Quit!

By | Personal Growth

Super athletes do not quit.  Super athletes are always trying to win.  They look for any opportunity that will help them gain a competitive edge over their competition.  This attitude is not only relevant to sports, but also for success outside of the games.  Quitting can block you from the circumstances that would have allowed you to gain knowledge and access to any person, place, or thing, that could help you advance to your next level. I don’t want to play anymore.  I’m going to quit. Several times in my athletic career, I wanted to quit.  In fact, I did…

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Student Athlete: Do You Think You Can Win?

By | Personal Growth, Team Building

To be the best, you have to defeat those who are considered among the best.  Which requires boldly challenging each team to prove why they should be considered better than your team.  In order to accomplish this, not only do you have to think that you can beat them, but you have to believe you deserve to compete against them. Oh my god, she’s dressed in Nikes.  She looks like she can play. I heard she’s quick. I don’t think I’m quicker than she is. They are a ranked team so let us try to stick with them.  We don’t…

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Student Athlete: Don’t Let Being Afraid of Being Embarrassed Stop You!

By | Personal Growth, Team Building

As an athlete, your goal is to be the best in your sport and be recognized as among top competitors.  In striving to become the best, you will come across something that will try to keep you from contributing more to your team.  It will keep you from stepping up.  It comes from not wanting to risk your position or status on your team or in your teammates’ view.  This feeling can keep you from becoming, the Go-To-Person (recall my article, Are You the Go-To-Person?) of your team, if you give into it.  That something is the fear of being…

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Student Athlete: What to Expect When Becoming the Go-To-Person

By | Personal Growth, Team Building

The Go-To-Person gets a lot of playing time, but this athlete does not become one without some emotional maturity and physical preparation. If you want to be this type of athlete, you will have to take advantage of all the opportunities you’ll have to gain experience, and fight through those moments when you are afraid. Why do you think you have to solve everything? I can always count on her to make something happen. She’ll know what to do. Our play is not working. Somebody’s got to do something. I’ll dribble through here and . . . When someone is…

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Student Athlete: Are You The Go-to- Person?

By | Personal Growth, Team Building

Do you want to stop sitting on the bench or standing on the sideline, watching, while your team competes?  Then you have to become the Go-to-Person.  Go-to-Persons are among the athletes who play most of the time.  They are athletes who coaches trust and believe would successfully execute their teams’ plans.  They are the athletes who can be counted on to do their job right, consistently. The Go-to-Persons are the ones who get it done.  They are the athletes who make things happen to lead their teams to success or a win.   I don’t want to do that.  Someone…

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Student Athlete: When It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Your Teammate.

By | Team Building

When is it time to say goodbye to your teammate?  Never. Throughout your athletic career, each of your teammates will be graduating and/or advancing to a new level in life.  Even though they will not be officially a part of your team, your former teammates are still valuable to you and your team.  Maintaining and building upon the positive relationships you have created with them, can contribute to your success and the success of your athletic program. She’s a has-been. She’s no longer a part of the team.  What is she doing here? We don’t need her anymore? Once a…

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Student Athlete: Your Family Needs You!

By | Team Building

Personal events that are unpleasant may occur in anyone of your teammates’ lives.  These events can often affect how your teammate will play and how successful the team will be in competition.  When any of your teammates are coping with these events, or trying to recoup from them, they will need your support. That’s none of my business.  It’s her problem. Someone told me she brought that on herself. I don’t want people to stop talking to me because I’m around her. I can’t help. The above should never be said by a teammate about another teammate. Your team is…

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Abused Student Athletes: You Are Stronger Than Ever!

By | Uncategorized

If you have ever been sexually abused by someone who was in authority over you, know that you are not a weak person.  You were innocent.  Whoever exploited you is a predator.  Predators are looking for ways to fulfill their selfish desires.  They’re irresponsible and selfish.  They seek out people they want and scheme to get what they want from them.  Their scheming involves finding unprotected areas to manipulate, in order to get close enough to you, to get what they want out of you.  Everyone on this earth has at least one weakness, or a need, and it makes…

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Athlete: Do You Know What You Look Like?

By | Uncategorized

One of the easiest things you can do to prepare yourself for success is to take control of your appearance.  Your appearance is what attracts people to you and it plays a significant role in how you influence them.  As an athlete, your appearance contributes to the image you portray about yourself and the school you represent.  It’s important that that image attract people that can support you and your program. No one is looking at my hair. That’s their problem if they don’t like what I have on. I’ll just wear some sweat pants, no one will notice. Wrinkles,…

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