Thursday, September 30, 2010
WHATEVER YOU ARE BE A GOOD ONE
If your coach says you are a defensive specialist then make your "defense special." Work hard each day in practice to shut down your teammate to make her/him better. Give diligence to your scouting report and make sure you are prepared to make your opponent's game a nightmare.
If your coach says you'll be coming off the bench, make sure you have your head and heart into the game -- into each timeout -- studying all that is going on -- so that when you get in the game you can make a difference in the game.
If you aren't getting into the game, be the best teammate you can be on the bench. Show great enthusiasm the entire game -- encourage your teammates -- "coach" your other teammates on the bench up.
Whatever you are be a good one. The following was written by Steve Goodier with a special thanks to Coach Creighton Burns for forwarding it to me:
Pablo Picasso, the great Spanish painter and sculptor, once said this about his ability: 'My mother said to me, if you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk, you'll end up as Pope. Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.' No lack of confidence here!
But he would have agreed with Abraham Lincoln. 'Whatever you are,' said Lincoln, 'be a good one.' He demonstrated the wisdom of that advice with his own life. And in this present age, which often seems to be contented with mediocrity, his words summon a yearning for improvement and growth.
Whatever you are, be a good one. If what you do is worth doing, if you believe that who you are is of value, then you can't afford to be content with mediocrity. When you choose the path of excellence through this life, you will bring to it your best and receive the best it can offer in return. And you will know what it is to be satisfied.