This is part 2 of thoughts were collected from various sources. Whether you agree or disagree with these statements, I hope you can take a few ideas that fit your needs, put some sustained thought and writing to them and turn them into something that helps you program.
If you didn’t see part 1, here is the link: Coaching Wisdom to Ponder Part 1
- All successful teams start over new again every year.
- The essence of coaching is the vision you have for your team and how it is
- Success is a matter of never-ceasing application. You must forever work at it diligently. Otherwise, it takes wings and flies away. At no time can you afford to rest on your laurels-a pause for self admiration-because there are others who have eyes on your coveted place and who would like nothing better than to push you out of it, especially if they observe you have a weak hold on it or doing nothing to strengthen your position.
- Systems don’t win, execution of systems wins
- To coach someone to be the best is a much higher an honor than being the best – Coach Dan Gable, University of Iowa Wrestling
- Part of success is preparation on purpose. Jim RohnSuccess is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day, while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the cumulative weight of
our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure. Jim Rohn
- Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. Jim Rohn
- Don’t join an easy crowd. You won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high. You must constant ask yourself these questions:
1. Who am I around?
2. What are they doing to me?
3. What have they got me reading?
4. What have they got me saying?
5. Where do they have me going?
6. What do they have me thinking?
7. What do they have me becoming?
After you answer those questions, then ask yourself this question: Is that OK? Jim Rohn
- You get whatever you expect to get. The only question is “What do you want?” Jim Rohn
- Life is an inside-out game. The trust is that all our situations and circumstances have their beginnings in our minds. Our idea of who we are creates who we become-the great news is you can change your self-impressions and change your life. Jim Rohn
- Colin Powell’s Rules
1. It isn’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, and then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when you position fails, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done
5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision
7. You can make someone else’s choices. You should not let someone else make
8. Check small things
9. Share credit
10. Remain calm. Be kind
11. Have a vision. Be demanding
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayer.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier
14. Sometimes being responsible means pissing people off.
- Notes from the book “The Commandos” by Douglas Waller about Navy Seal Teams
1. The level of preparation is incredible-they leave no stone unturned.
2. They are prepared for any scenario they face.
3. No one deviates from the roles each team member is assigned. The mission could be jeopardized if someone does their own thing.
4. Team members are true team players. There are no lone wolves on the teams.
5. Individual creativity is allowed within the team framework.
6. There is no second chance-get it done right the first time.
7. Mental attitude is highly stressed on each team.
8. Each team member must have an attitude toward learning. This is essential for
training and preparation.
9. Individual mistakes affect the whole team.
Quotes from the book Leadership Secrets of the Navy Seals
“The ruthless effectiveness and efficiency of the SEAL teams stem from the fact that we always start from, perfect, and practice the basics.”
“The team is a dynamic that works toward success and is not hindered by pride,
preservation, or self-interest”
“To some, leadership is exemplified by the blind obedience to orders. It is a
misconception that to coerce another person to do your bidding makes you a leader.”
“The point to the intensity of any training program is, and should be, to identify those who are going to work when it counts.”
The following selections are from Jeff Jansen, a peak performance coach. You can find out more about Jeff and his material at www.janssensportsleadership.com
Lesson from The Legends of Sports Psychology
1. Forget about the Zone, Help Athletes Refocus When Adversity Strikes. Regularly
simulate adverse conditions in practice.
2. Coaches Must Find and Develop Team Leaders. Give your players leadership
3. Help Athletes Deal with Fear. Fear is based on past event or future worries. Keep players focused in the present.
7 Steps to Building Your Athletes Confidence (from the book The Seven Secrets of
1. Focus on potential: What you see is what you eventually get.
2. Plant seeds of success
3. Sell athletes on themselves: Help them feel capable.
4. Give them a specific and simple plan to succeed
5. Emphasize working hard and deserving success
6. Set people up for early success
7. Accentuate the positive
Ideas from Marty Schottenhemier, current coach of the San Diego Chargers
Good competitors make mistakes. Bad competitors repeat them.
When things are going well, you can win with anyone. When things aren’t going well, the only way you can win is with people who have character.
This is about a system. Not a system of X’s and O’s, but a system of the way you
conduct your business. It’s about the environment you create, the teaching you present, the ability to communicate and get them to value the goal.
One of the things I think is really important if you want to be a good teacher is that when something happens rather than screaming at the kid, ask them what happened.
What You Need To Know about People by Dr. John C. Maxwell
1. People like to feel special, compliment them.
2. People look for a better tomorrow, give them hope.
3. People need to be understood, listen to them.
4. People lack direction, navigate for them.
What Your People Need to Know About You by Dr. John C. Maxwell
1. Followers want to see character in their leader.
2. Followers want to sense competence in their leader.
3. Followers want to be challenged by their leader.
4. Followers want to feel conviction from their leader.