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Thursday, November 26, 2009


The below passage comes from Jim Rohn but reminds me of a lesson that Skip Bertman constantly taught us (and sometimes had to re-teach us) when he was our athletic director. He was always about being in the now -- what we can do NOW to help our team. His thought was that if we spent any time complaining about a problem that we had just robbed ourselves of time that could've been used to solve the problem.

The coaching profession is really nothing more than solving problems.

1. From teaching and motivating our players to creating game plans against difficult opponents.
2. Working with media and administrators to boosters and parents.
3. Developing relationships and developing life skills in our student-athletes
4. Discipline problems
5. Lack or resources and sometimes support

The thing I got from Coach Dale Brown was to not just work hard to solve problems but to be excited about the challenge. His mindset when faced with something difficult was unique to me in that he would be exhilliarated when faced with some form of adversity.

Here are some thoughts from Jim Rohn:

We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.
Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.

If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes. If you continue complaining, it won’t be long before they haul you out to a financial desert and there let you choke on the dust of your own regret.

You cannot take the mild approach to the weeds in your mental garden. You have got to hate weeds enough to kill them. Weeds are not something you handle; weeds are something you devastate.