Odds and Ends

I am enamored on what it takes to be the best, to be great, to sustain excellence. This interview with Smokey Robinson on NPR gives some insights into what has enabled this man to sustain excellence for forty plus years. He works at his craft everyday. He runs everyday and has been doing yoga for thirty-five years he finds it fuels his creativity. He has a new album Smokey and Friends. I find it interesting that he like Willie Nelson and others who have every reason to rest on their laurels continue to produce great work. Powerful inspirational message to keep learning keep growing and keep creating.

Been listening to Bob Dylan’s classic album “The Times they are a Changing.” All I can say is WOW – I have not listened to it in quite a long time, but his words resonate with today’s times as much as they did fifty years ago.

Gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown

And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
Keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again

Don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’

For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they, they are a-changin’

Come senators, Congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand at the doorway
Don’t block up the hall

For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it’s ragin’

It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
Don’t criticize
What you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’

Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend a hand
For your times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn
And the curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast

As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’

And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’

Well worth the listen. Certainly today the times are changing faster than ever and we have to be ready to adapt to the changes or get left behind.

Your athletes can’t better if you don’t get better as a coach.

Faith based coaching is when you gather an abundance of talented athletes put a heavy training load on them and hope that something good happens.

Don’t let your experience limit you. Constantly look for new experiences, new ways of doing things. Experiment. Look at things differently.

Sound training programs are not based on facilities, equipment, or exercises. They are based on sound training methodology and great coaching grounded in pedagogy. Great programs are coach driven and athlete centered. The coach drives the bus.

If you are easily seduced by fads, influenced by internet training porn, lured by fancy trends and marketing your results will be inconsistent reflective of your information sources.

”An intelligent fool can make things bigger more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” E.F. Schumacher

You train to win by winning the training. It is a process – session-by-session, day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, and year-by-year.

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