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Consistently Focused

Uncategorized Jan 31, 2020

Allow me to apologize for what has turned into three posts in a row now in which I talk about my No-Sugar Challenge and my goal for weight loss. Please believe me when I tell you I never intended for this to happen when I sat down and wrote the first post, “I Want It Now” two weeks ago. I thought I was just telling you about how difficult it is to stay focused on achieving our goals while living in such an impatient, instant-gratification world.

But then last week, I had a major setback on Wednesday and Thursday with regards to my weight loss. I was so bummed out when I saw the scale showed I had gained 3 pounds in a few days instead of losing them. I immediately thought how much I needed someone, like a coach, to be there helping to encourage me and support me at that moment, while at the same time holding me accountable to stay the course. It got me thinking about how important it is that we coaches do the same for our kids as they struggle to achieve their goals. So...

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Help Them Persevere

Uncategorized Jan 24, 2020

Last week my post was called, “I Want It Now.” It was about how we live in such an instant gratification society that we just want everything to happen for us right now, and yet, so much of the world doesn’t work that way. The really big, important things that we want – like the goals we set – take time.

I spoke about the value of coaches making sure that they not get caught up in wanting and needing everything for themselves to happen right now. The things they seek take time, and they need to have patience to let the process of achieving their goals develop over time to become what they want to become and what they want their teams to become.

Today, I want you to focus on your athletes and helping them through this same dynamic of instant gratification vs. being patient and working to help them stay the course when things get tough.

In last week's post, I used my own personal situation of trying to lose weight as an example of the...

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I Want It Now!

I believe in the power of goal-setting and what it can do for you. For the last 10 years or so, I have set goals for the new year at the end of the previous year. I have read a lot on the subject, have taken a short online course on setting goals, and now have a presentation I do for middle school and high school kids on goal-setting.

I also know that when I set my goals, I am setting them for the year or the quarter, and then I will establish monthly, weekly, and daily commitments and habits to work to reach those goals. I know that the habits and actions I take each day are going to affect how things go that week, which will affect that month, quarter, and year.

And of course, while I set the goals for a year, I also know that on December 31st just before midnight, there is no magic scoreboard that pops up and says, “Congratulations! You have (or have not) made it. You are now done with your goals.” It’s just that the concept of January 1st to December 31st...

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Falling Short is Not Necessarily Failing

Uncategorized Jan 03, 2020

In last week’s post, I talked about your 2020 vision. I talked about the importance of setting goals and then working to achieve them. It is one of the most important steps you can take towards success every year.

However, let’s be real for a minute. There is a chance you aren’t going to achieve all of your goals. In fact, there is a good chance that you will fail at some and maybe even many of your goals if you have a lot of them, and you have made them stretch you and push you to places you have never been before.

Does not achieving your goals make you a failure? Does that make you a loser? I don’t think so.

I think there are only two ways you fail when it comes to goals and goal-setting: 1. You don’t set any. 2. You set goals, but then you don’t take action on them to achieve them. Each of these scenarios is a recipe for failure.

But if you actually set goals, write them down, work on them, review them regularly, and then keep working on them,...

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Your 2020 Vision

Uncategorized Dec 27, 2019

With the new year right around the corner, this is the time of year when we take a look at the upcoming year and decide what we want to achieve. We start to create our goals for the new year. I have written about this concept each of the last few years, offering ideas on goal-setting and ways to achieve the goals you create for yourself.

Usually in this final post of the year, I focus on two things – looking back and looking ahead. Looking back is our time for reflection. It is when we consider what we hoped to accomplish during that year and whether or not we did. We look at the goals we had for the year and see which ones of them we achieved.

Looking ahead is when we figure out our goals for the coming year. We determine the things that we want to accomplish, and we outline how we are going to accomplish them. And then we figure out the actions we need to take to accomplish them.

It Starts with a Vision

But notice in each of those end-of-year actions –...

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What is Your Word?

Uncategorized Dec 20, 2019

I did not intend to write this post on this topic when I sat down at my desk this morning. I was going to re-purpose an older “Christmas post.”  The main reason I was going to do that is that I am swamped with other work.

Today we finish our Fast Track Lab for New Coaches 5-day mini-course and we open up the cart for you to really dive deep into an 8-week program about “Your Coaching Journey.” Needless to say, I’m a bit busy. I also considered writing a bit about that for today's post, so you understand what it is and might choose to join us. (More on that at the end)

But as I sat down at my desk this morning with these two ideas for what I would write today, I pulled out my day planner and started planning and writing out the goals/activities for the day. This is a very important part of my day, for it gets me focused on what my day will be like.

As I was writing, I looked over at the front left corner of my desk, and I saw a...

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The Power of Practice

I just did my first Facebook Live recordings today. Okay, that’s not completely true. I did one about five years ago when I was at a coaches’ clinic in Chicago that I was speaking at. But I did that really quick just to learn how to do it.

Today, I did three of them. I was out on a walk with my dog and thought, “Hey, this would be a good time to try a Facebook Live again." Just like the one a few years ago, they were quick. I was doing them mainly to start to re-learn what I was doing. I will be doing a lot of them in the near future as I embark on my new Fast Track Lab for New Coaches program, so I wanted to get in a little practice.

The Most Important Time of Our Seasons

You know - PRACTICE. That thing that we coaches realize is the most important part of our seasons. Practice – that thing that we spend hours thinking about, planning, tweaking, revising, and then worrying about whether we created a good one to accomplish what we need to today. Practice...

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