You Have the Capacity for Anything
I came across this quote in my morning study and wanted to share this. If you have children, work and/or coach children it should stir up some emotion. I found it very powerful. Enjoy the quote...
"Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you... You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you, a marvel? You must cherish one another. You must work—we must all work—to make this world worthy of its children."
Go Win the Day!
Palm Trees will bend but never break. They will roll with the wind and adversity, staying flexible under pressure in their strategy to survive the storm.
The palm tree knows that it must adapt to the challenge and that when the challenge has passed it can pop right back up and continue to grow.
Unlike the oak tree that is rigid, inflexible and has to get its way or it will buckle under pressure, the palm tree is flexible, chooses a path that works for the situation and then pops back up ready to fight another round.
The next time you are on the lanes competing remember that you are a Palm Tree. You will bend to adversity (lane conditions, bad breaks, competitors, etc) but you will not break.
Bend But Never Break and Win the Day!
Diversity of Thought + Diversity of Experience = Powerful Wisdom
One of the greatest things in coaching is the different mindsets and philosophies of coaches. Whether the coach is younger or older each is unique in their coaching philosophies. The thoughts (mindset) and the number of years in the sport of coaching (experience) provide a gift to other coaches. The gift is WISDOM.
Some of my best learning moments are getting around other coaches and listen to their different ways of coaching the physical and mental game. It provides us coaches with added knowledge, different perspectives, and the result is becoming a better coach.
Develop a growth mindset and listen to the different coaching styles (diversity) and enjoy the different eras and cultures these instructors have coached (experience). All of this provides us coaches with POWERFUL WISDOM as we head out to coach our next player.
Look for Diversity and Win the Day!
Gratitude practice has the ability to rewire your brain, which can improve your physical and mental well-being.
What does this mean for your athletic performance?
Beyond the benefits to your outlook, immune system, and sleep schedule, studies have documented the positive impact that gratitude can have on an athlete’s performance.
A method to practice gratitude is to spend 10 minutes a day meditating, but instead of clearing your mind, focus on holding a positive thought or something you’re grateful for in the front of your mind. Examine how it makes you feel, how it improves your life, and what forces you have to thank for it.
It might feel silly at first, but over time, cultivating a practice of gratitude will improve not only your physical and mental well-being but your athletic performance as well.
Be Thankful To Win Your Day!
Return On Your Investment
Investing Your Time and Not Spending Your Time are complete opposites. If you spend money, that amount of money is gone. If you invest money, that money will get a return on that investment.
Many people/athletes are like mice on a wheel. They keep running in circles and never get anywhere. The lack of investing your time wisely will not get you where you want to be one day.
Moving from spending to investing your time will provide you with the presence necessary to perform your best today, the next day, the next day.......
Invest To Win Your Day!
Give Yourself A Pep Talk
Telling yourself that "I can do it, I will get it done, all I need to do is get started" is often all it takes to get yourself moving to get the job done.
Start talking to yourself about finishing the project and start thinking about how good it will feel when you are done - you will get more excited about starting... and closer to finishing.
You may want to have a working music mix that you play to help you get energized for work or have certain motivational messages posted in your workspace that will help get you going. Here are a couple of messages that may keep you on track...
"It's the Start That Stops Most People"
You Don't Have To Be Great To Get Started, You Do Have To Get Started To Be Great"
Give Yourself a Pep talk and Go Win the Day!
Learn - Unlearn - Relearn
The great coaches and players of this generation are the ones who can Learn, Unlearn and Relearn. I reflect back on the many evolutions that I have seen in bowling the past several decades. From technology (bowling balls, lanes and maintenance, coaching tools), biomechanics (how the body works and training techniques), knowledge (evolution of coaches), etc that created a mindset to Unlearn certain beliefs and Relearn new ones.
A great example in our sport is the two-handers. This new type of athlete has created an opportunity for coaches to Unlearn and Relearn how to effectively coach this type of player. Also, the two-handers are evolving which again starts the cycle all over (Learn - Unlearn - Relearn).
What a great opportunity to develop a growth mindset to improve and add tools to your game and/or coaching methods.
Today start to Learn - Unlearn - Relearn and Win Your Day!
Time - The Sacred Gift
Our most sacred gift is time. On our self-discovery journey, we can get so consumed with yesterday and worried about tomorrow that we undervalue the power of today. Nothing in life is guaranteed - literally nothing. Use each day as a blank page to love, to serve, to learn, to unlearn, to relearn, to create, to let go, to read, to write, to inspire, to heal, and to forgive.
Every day, you have a unique opportunity to tell your story and be the very best version of yourself.
Win Your 86,400 Every Day!
Write down something you believe is the right thing to do, but you don't act on it because you feel like it will not change anything.
List the roadblocks you are imposing to stop yourself from doing what is right.
What would your life look like if you did the right thing in every situation whether it changed anything or not?
Do the right thing and Win the Day!
Do you find yourself on an emotional roller coaster due to results that are out of your control?
If YES, how can you let go of your fixation on the results and focus on your responsibility to put your best effort into the task on which you're working?
If NO, how have you seen your life benefit from concentrating on your accountability rather than results?
Enjoy your Journey and Win the Day!