On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS August 4, 2014 Up next…#500! – Walk Your Talk!
After further review… Speaking to corporations, associations, and businesses of all types, my goal is to remind the audience to “celebrate their successes”. NFL players do that when they cross the goal line, (though many may take it to extremes). So with celebration in mind, I write my 500th consecutive column/blog and remind myself how much I enjoy creating them, but even more, how grateful I am to each of you who read The TunneySide. Every day I hear from people how much they appreciate these essays.
The impetus for these TunneySides came, I guess, when I was identifying my life’s ambition, which occurred when I was about 12. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a coach. Writing was the furthest thing on my agenda. Coaching sports was my goal and I pursued that. As I moved into school administration (which led to becoming a district superintendent), I segued into professional speaking as well. My coaching emphasis became less about X’s and O’s, but more about helping people realize their potential.
During my X’s and O’s career I would try to engage my players mentally prior to workouts and games. To me, the preparation of the mind preceded the physical work. I would hang signs on the classroom wall delivering the message that “all action begins with thought”.
A history lesson taught me that the word “coach” was first used in England in the 1500s. A coach was (and still is!) a horse-drawn carriage used to transport people from where they are to where they want or need to be. That concept has been at the heart of these TunneySides. Perhaps one or more of the following aphorisms will help inspire you:
*People need to be reminded more than they need to be informed *Never forget what you receive, but forget what you gave. *I can’t do all the world needs, but the world needs all I can do. *Forget what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you. *People are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth. *Experience is the ability to recognize a mistake, when you make it again. *It’s not how old you are, but how you are old. *Confidence is when you are down 2 scores in the 4th quarter and still believe you can win. *Best words of encouragement a parent can say: “I really enjoy watching you play”.
Will you walk-your-talk with expressions that may help you live a better life?
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