Breaking the cycle of status quo coach, parent, and athlete behavior is a common theme on the Educated Coaches blog. For this upcoming fall season, let’s go one step further and encourage positive change through focused behavior. Taking a tip from the website My One Word, the fall season seems like a natural time to select one meaningful word that would drive a change in behavior.
Becoming a better sports coach, parent, and athlete can be intentionally driven through one word. This one word will sum up who you want to be or how you want to live. It will also be your focus, your mantra, and the word that will guide you through the entire fall sports season. This word will take all of your big plans for the fall sports season and compress them down to a single focus. Simply stated, this word will create a vision for the fall athletic season.
The ability to narrow down athletic season goals to one word that the individual focuses upon daily will greatly assists in achieving powerful results and life satisfaction. This process encourages focus on what truly matters within our lives, who we want to be, and how we want to live.
Coaches, parents, and athletes…Are you with me? Let’s set a new standard for excellence on the field, on the bench, and in the stands for this upcoming season and begin by creating this change through one word. Mike Ashcraft from the website My One Word suggests a three step process to choosing your word.
- Determine the kind of person you want to become – Take some time and decide what kind of coach, athlete, and sports parent you want to be at the end of the fall season.
- Identify the characteristics of the person you want to become – Get a picture of that person and then simply identify their major characteristics. What are the qualities of the person you want to become by the end of the fall season?
- Pick a word – Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. This word can be whatever you want it to be. Any word you can hold on to and focus on throughout the fall athletic season to provide you with that extra push or guidance.
This fall my experiences on the athletic field will focus upon being a parent observer of two amazing children, being with my amazing wife as we welcome a new child into the world, and Sweet Feet Soccer Coach and Director. Within the list of major characteristics of the person I want to become, I have decided my word for the fall sports season is PRESENT. Fully living in the moment while removing distractions in all that I do provide a justification for this word selection. I plan to report back at the end of the fall as to my levels of success within this One Word experiment.
Please share your word for the fall sports season with the Educated Coaches family in the leave a reply section of this article. Then shout it out on your favorite social media outlets, on notes on your wall, and anywhere else you can use your one word to give you that extra push or guidance. Become the coach, athlete, or parent you want to be during your athletic experience this Fall by allowing a single focus to provide direction.
Enjoy the journey and I hope that the fall sports season lives up to your greatest expectations!
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