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Athletes, Balance, and an Easy to Use Tool

by Stacie ~ June 12th, 2017.
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I recently listened to an interview with John Wooden and he said something interesting about balance. We all know that balance is important to athletes and Coach Wooden’s insight on it got me thinking. I share Coach Wooden’s insights, the thoughts that came up for me, and a super simple, easy-to-use tool that I highly recommend for any player, coach, or parent dedicated to high level performance.

Click here or press the play button below to listen in. Enjoy!

every athlete needs balance

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Are you a gazelle? Or are you driven from within? Message from ET

by Stacie ~ June 1st, 2017.
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This video by The Hip Hop Preacher and motivational speaker, Eric Thomas (ET), got me thinking of an issue that’s come up over and over again recently.

I see a lot of players doing what gazelles do. When no one is chasing them, they stop running. Once they have the starting position, they lower their intensity. When coach isn’t on their back, they stop hustling. When mom and dad aren’t watching, they stop giving their best effort.

WHY are you waiting for someone ELSE to require excellence of you before you do it?

WHY are you leaving YOUR effort, and therefore your results, in someone else’s hands?

WHY are you making YOUR performance someone else’s responsibility?

Take that back! That power belongs to you. You have the choice to either rely on other and be externally “motivated” OR to take back you power and be intrinsically INSPIRED. You have the choice between needing someone to light your fire for you OR already having a fire burning from within!

The moment you decide to require excellence of YOURSELF, whether or not anyone else does, your game (and your life) will change. Guaranteed.

Eric Thomas talks about what you need to make that happen. Watch this …

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Major Leadership Mistake I Made and What I Learned

by Stacie ~ January 23rd, 2017.
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I used to think …

“I don’t care if you like me or not. My job is to help you be your best. Even if you can’t stand me, if I helped you be the best you can be, I will have done my job as a coach.”

Then I had a great player teach me that …

If a player doesn’t trust me because I hurt them and made them feel disrespected by me because of some careless words I let come out of my mouth …

That’s on ME!

And I CANNOT help someone else be their very best if I lose their trust.

Trust is not something you always get back if you ever had it in the first place.

Choose to follow universal timeless principles that BUILD trust and respect from your entire team (not just from a few select individuals).

Those who rely solely on “formal authority” will LOSE this trust and respect.

Choose your words and actions wisely as you lead your team and/or family.

True leadership is moral authority, not formal authority. Leadership is a choice, not a position. The choice is to follow universal timeless principles, which will build trust and respect from the entire organization. Those with formal authority alone will lose this trust and respect. - Stephen Covey

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