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What Matters

As we start a new year just a brief reflection on what matters in coaching. As coaches we do not coach sports, we coach people who participate in sports. The human element, seeing the athlete grow athletically and as people is what makes coaching so rewarding. Records, wins and championships pale into insignificance as time passes; it is the relationships that are remembered, the struggle not the triumph. Take a moment today and reflect on how you coach and teach.
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Where are you looking?

I took liberty to paraphrase this old story that has many versions: Read more

Changing the World

The challenge of the day is: What are you doing today to change your world? Notice I did not the world I said your world. It is the only world you have the power to change on a daily basis. Your world is the people, places, and situations within your physical and vitual reach, that which you have the power to control. Too often we allow outside influences change our world. Read more

The Bowerman Influence

Bill Bowerman had a huge influence on my decision to be a track coach. In the winter of 1968; my senior year in college at Fresno Sate Bowerman came to speak as the featured speaker at the first ever Fresno Sate Track & Field Clinic, he was brought to Fresno by Red Estes, assistant track coach at Fresno State (later to be head coach) who had competed at the University of Oregon under Bowerman. What can I say; Bowerman was Bowerman, passionate, direct to the point, outspoken and strong in his beliefs. Read more

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. Read more

Searching

Looking for the answer? Gertrude Stein had it right when she wisely said: “The answer is there is no answer.” Read more

Some Random Thoughts on Sports, Coaching and Life

Advice from best selling author David Baldacci:

“Don’t write what you know about, write what you’d like to know about. And never chase trends. Don’t write about dinosaurs because Crichton did, or codes because Brown did. Write something you’re passionate about and want to learn more about. Have fun with it. Don’t treat it as a job. Exercise your imagination, treat it like a game.”
-David Baldacci

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Getting Better Faster

I have been in New Zealand for four days now presenting to high performance coaches and interacting with various members of Sport New Zealand’s High Performance team. It has been total immersion in performance excellence, a real coaches dream. The singular focus has all been all about what needs to be done to get better. Certainly elite sport is moving forward at hyper speed, faster than coaches and sport leaders can comprehend. We have been talking continually about future planning and present perfect. Read more

Lest We Forget

We coach people, not football players, tennis players, swimmers or jumpers! Remember athletes are not data points on a graph, Chris McCormack, Ironman Champion said it best: “We’re athletes. We’re not integers in a formula.” Read more

I Think I Can

trainthatcouldMaybe this is subliminal programming from my childhood, but I grew up thinking I could. My favorite book as a child was The Little Engine That Could. When I had children I read it to them at least once a week. There is a clear message – Embrace the challenge. Look at possibilities. What can you do? How can you do it? Take one step at a time, move forward, never look book. Recognize that doubt and fear of failing are real – acknowledge that, but don’t be consumed by it. Yes you can, if you think you can. Read more