Friday, December 20, 2019

The Four Agreements

In the best selling book, The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz gives four principles to practice. Adopting and committing to these agreements is simple. Actually living and keeping these Four Agreements can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. It can also be one of the most life-changing things you will ever do.

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Page One Of A Season In THEIR Words

The following is Page One of our book A Season In THEIR Words. A follow-up to the bestseller A Season In Words, Dan Spainhour has followed the same format except for this time all of the quotes are from coaches! A terrific motivational tool for any coach at any level!

It has been said that teams are made during the season and players are made in the off-season. I have never liked the word off-season because it tends to send a message that when you are not in season you’re off. I have always preferred to call anytime out of season as the preseason. Sure, I encouraged my players to get away from the game some but I wanted them to think of any time out of season as a preparation for the following year. The following quotes are from coaches addressing “preseasons”.
You’re never going to be driven
anywhere worthwhile. But you sure
as hell can drive yourself to a lot of
great places.--Bob Knight

I don’t believe that God put us on
this earth to be ordinary.--Lou Holtz

I’ve learned that if you have a
chance you better take it. Life is too
precious. I always tell my players to
enjoy the now.--Gary Williams

Ability is a poor man's wealth.--John Wooden

Discipline yourself, so no one else
has to.--Pat Summitt

Nothing will work unless you do.--John Wooden

Work hard, stay focused and
surround yourself with good people.--Tom Osborne

If you are not willing to work hard
and establish discipline in your life,
then all your dreams are merely pipe
dreams.--Rick Pitino

It's not the push from behind or the
pull from in front—it's the drive from
inside.--Dale Brown

The masters all have the ability to
discipline themselves to eliminate
everything except what they are
trying to accomplish.--Dale Brown

I learned early that if I wanted to
achieve anything in life, I'd have to
do it myself. I learned that I had to be
accountable.--Lenny Wilkens