Vision-Action-Change

The Process of Results

How do we measure results? Most people will measure results by the outcome of an event. Young athletes will begin to measure them by how we communicate the outcome of those results. For example, at an early age, children don’t know the difference between winning and losing. When you sign them up to play a sport, it is often between the ages of 3 and 5. They know when something happens and everyone cheers, it must have been good! They…

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DAARI Part 3 – Accountability

Have you ever imagined what life would be like if everyone held themselves to the highest level of accountability? Children would get their homework completed without repeated questions from their parents and those in the workplace would show up to work on time and complete their duties. I have to imagine a world of efficiency and independence. So, let’s ask ourselves one simple question: How can we teach and coach accountability to our young athletes?   Since 75% of Americans play…

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DAARI Part 2 – Action

The process of doing something to achieve an aim defines action.  Action builds trust and respect.  Action also elevates a person’s confidence when goals are accomplished.  It’s important that young athletes have a working knowledge of how to create action when looking to achieve their goals.  We want to make sure that our action is measurable to the goal and not just for the sake of saying we did something.  Hitting 50 balls off of a tee isn’t the same…

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DAARI Part 1 – Discipline

The upcoming series of blogs will focus on 5 fundamental aspects of creating a strong foundation in your life. Whether you are looking at getting into a “leadership role” or you are a young athlete looking to be a leader of your sports team, these 5 areas of focus will help you achieve that those goals. Almost ten years ago I was building a leadership program for the Fortune 500 company where I was a part of the management team.…

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AH-HA Moments

What does it mean when someone says, “You’ve changed my life?” How does it make one feel to hear this? I’d like to spend a few minutes talking about life-changing events, how they happen, and what it means to me. Spending time with youth sports organizations allows me to see and hear the ebbs and flows of emotions that coaches, players, and parents experience. Each one of these entities is looking to accomplish a goal, whether written down or not.…

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Cultivate your Creativity

Being a successful sales person starts with believing in you. Do you believe in your skills, your passion for the craft that you have chosen, and are you optimistically enthusiastic? If you aren’t excited about your company and product, the potential customers will see right through you. If it’s just a job, it’s hard to get motivated and to think outside the norm and drive towards success. You must show unwavering confidence from the time you wake up in the…

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Coaching Plans

The best coaches will coach their athletes during practice and help make minor adjustments during the game.  I had a coach once tell me, “If you go into a game unprepared, we together didn’t do a good job during practice getting you ready.” Games are for adjustments, not for a coach to explain or dictate each action of the game. This doesn’t mean coaches sit down and do nothing during games. However, play-by-play coaching isn’t productive for the young athletes…

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What is most important to you?

To better assist youth athletes in their growth and development, it is beneficial to have insight into their viewpoint. As a part of the assessment preceding a training seminar, I survey the youths who will be attending with questions that help me understand their perspective. During my recent training in Katy, Texas with the Program 15 Baseball Development Program, I posed a question to a group of young men between the ages of 9-18. The athletes were asked, “What is…

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Visualize Success

When you are not putting in a maximum effort, what are you thinking about that’s taking away from your ability to perform at the highest level? When do you begin thinking about the next practice or the next game? What kind of mental preparation should we do and when does it begin? The answer is in you and it is individualized. There are many that believe in superstition and follow the same process for every athletic event. There are some…

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“One More”

In the world of sports, there is a term called “one more.” This is the one extra rep that you do before moving on to the next exercise. This is the same for sales reps. “One more door knock,” “one more phone call,” “one more closing question,” “one more referral”… It’s the above-the-call-of-duty actions that will vault you to the top of your field. It is a key strategy in the sales industry, however this concept can be applied to any…

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