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Archive for February 2011

Handout #22: When Things Go Wrong . . .

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG …

The best policy, when things go wrong, is to apply a check rein immediately.  Hold your horses!  Don’t be in a hurry to accuse anybody of anything.  First find out what really happened.  Ask questions calmly, slowly, and methodically – even sympathetically if you are capable of it.  Getting excited and emotional only makes matters worse.

The objective, after all, is not to punish people.  The error has already happened, so what good does punishment do?  Punishment isn’t a good motivator.  It doesn’t make people want to do their best.  All it does is make people duck responsibility for anything that might go wrong in the future.

Ask questionsTake your timeFind out exactly how the mistake happened.  What caused the poor work?  Was it poor instructions, faulty materials, lack of proper training, bad methods?  Or was it a common human failing like lack of attention or concentration?  Don’t force you opinions on the people involvedsee what they think.

If you simply ask, without being furious or critical, people will often step forward and admit their shortcomings.  When they do, that’s good.  It’s the first step toward correcting the situation without bad feelings.  And that is the sensible goal – not punishment, not making people feel guilty or incompetent, but making people want to do better in the future and being sure they know how.

Sometimes you know people have the experience, knowledge and ability to do a better jobBut still they don’t.  In that case, too, don’t just criticize or scold.  Find the reason.  Tell them you know they can do better work.  Ask them what’s wrong.  Find out if there’s anything you can do to help them get straightened out.

Occasionally you can force employees to do better work by bawling them out or somehow threatening them.  But it’s never the best way.  Slow down and think it throughInstead of blowing your stack, be a friendly troubleshooter.  Help them find out what’s wrong.  Be sure they understand the reasons for doing a better job.  And give them a chance to get their resentment – if any – off their chests.

Resist the temptation to criticize hastily.  When people do poor work, ask questions.  Find the reasons.  Then attack the reasons, not the person.

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  • The minute you get the idea you’re indispensable, you aren’t.
  • There is no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on.
  • Prolonged idleness paralyzes initiative.
  • You can’t keep trouble from coming, but you needn’t give it a chair to sit on.
  • It is defeat that turns bone into flint, it is defeat that turns muscle to gristle, it is defeat that makes men invincible.
  • The reason some men do not succeed is because their wishbone is where their backbone ought to be.
  • A person is about as big as the things that make him angry.

©  {BCB}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #22: When Things Go Wrong

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #21: The Unimportance of Failure

THE UNIMPORTANCE OF FAILURE …

Have you failed in something recently?

You and I often punish ourselves unmercifully for our failures.  We punish ourselves unnecessarily – needlessly.  We punish ourselves without grounds for it!

Our over-all success need not be affected in the least by those failuresunless we make it be, by our discouragement and our giving up.

Charles F. Kettering once said in an address, “When you’re inventing – if you flunk 999 times and succeed once, you’re in.”

That’s true of just about any activity you can name.  The world will soon forget your failures in the light of your achievements.

Those of us who like baseball recall that the great Cy Young pitched 511 winning games.  We consider him one of baseball’s immortals.  Who remembers, or even cares, that he was defeated in 315 games?

And who will ever forget the mighty Babe Ruth and those 714 home runs he hit?  What does it matter, with a record of that many successes, that he struck out 1,330 times?  How much of a home-run king do you think he would have been if he had let himself brood over the fact that he was the strike-out king of major league baseball?

And yet, you and I often make ourselves miserable and call ourselves failures because we don’t get a home run, or at least a hit, every time we undertake to do something.

That’s what licks us – not the striking out.

How silly Ty Cobb must have looked being thrown out 38 times in one season trying to steal bases.  Imagine the chagrin of walking back to the dugout and sitting down in full view of hundreds or thousands of people when a moment ago he was safely on base and could have stayed there with little risk.

But I can’t find anyone who remembers that.  All anyone remembers is that the great Ty Cobb is the fellow who successfully got away stealing 96 bases in one season.

You see, the common denominator of such men as these is that instead of defeating themselves by brooding over the times they missed, they maintained an attitude of expectancy of success and kept on trying.  And it’s a matter of record that their achievements so far over-shadowed their failures that the failures aren’t even of any consequence.  They’re unimportant.  SO ARE YOURS!

– Gene Emmet Clark, Let’s Talk About You!

©  {BCB}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #21: The Unimportance of Failure

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #20: Keep Fighting; Consistency

Keep Fighting . . .

One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must “Keep Fighting” and adjusting if you hope to survive.

Every day is a fight of some type.  Some are pleasant, some are not.  No matter who you are or what position, you must keep fighting for whatever you desire to achieve.  It doesn’t seem right and it doesn’t seem fair but this is the way life is.

It is a constant struggle of fighting within yourself to be spiritually, mentally and physically strong when you take on the battle of life.

If one is not aware of this contest and expects otherwise, then constant disappointment occurs.  People who fail sometimes do not realize that the simple answer to every day achievement is to Keep Fighting.

It’s challenging and exciting.  The tougher the task, the greater the reward.  The real winners are always in tip top condition and they “hang in there when the going is toughest”.  Losers don’t know why they are losing.

It’s strange, but health, happiness and success depend on the quality of the fighting spirit of each person.

The important thing is not what happens to us in lifebut what we DO about what happens to usSo .. work hard, with total commitment and dedication, and watch the good things happen in your life!

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Consistency . . .

Consistency is the truest measure of performance.  Almost anyone can have a great moment, a great day, or even a good year, but true success is the ability to perform day in and day out, year after year under all kinds of conditions.  Inconsistency will win some of the time; consistency will win most the time.

Consistency requires concentration, determination and concentrated repetition.

To be at your best a all times you must:

  • Take Nothing For Granted.  If you aren’t “up” everyday, something someone will “knock” you down.
  • Take Pride In What You Do.  The things you do well are the thing you enjoy doing.
  • Take Disappointments In Stride.  Don’t brood over failures; learn from them.
  • Take Calculated Risks.  To win some thing, you must be willing to loose something.
  • Be Eager to “Do Over-and-Above To The Call of Duty”.  Condition yourself for the long run.  Those who are tested and ready will succeed.
  • Don’t Take “NO” For An Answer.  You can do what you believe you can do.
  • Enjoy Your “Victories”.  Enjoy and relish your successes, but then move on to the next task, challenges never wait for victory to come.

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MAY YOU HAVE … 

Enough Happiness to keep you sweet,

Enough Trials to keep you strong,

Enough Sorrow to keep you human,

Enough Hope to keep you happy,

Enough Failure to keep you humble,

Enough Success to keep you eager,

Enough Friends to give you comfort,

Enough Wealth to meet your needs,

Enough Enthusiasm to look forward,

Enough Faith to banish depression,

Enough DETERMINATION to make each day better than yesterday.

©  {BCB}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #20: Keep Fighting; Consistency

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #19: Pride

PRIDE …

  • All athletes who work toward athletic excellence equate self-control with PRIDE.
  • When we say of a person that he has PRIDE it means he has a degree of will power, concentration and mental toughness that permits him to overcome temptations toward negative attitudes and behaviors. 
  • There is a high correlation between self-control (PRIDE) and athletic success.
  • Research clearly shows that Self-Control, Mental Toughness and Trust are the leading three attributes which distinguish the highly competitive from the marginal athlete.
  • QUOTE: “Competitors who know what they should do are far more numerous than those who do what they should.”
  • The self-Image must be resistant to embarrassment, depression, tension, distractions and temptations.
  • Neither the opponent’s success nor one’s own failure is intimidating.
  • If we were perfectly controlled, there would be no need to test ourselves in sports and there would be no surprises in game playing.  For competition is a test of PRIDE.  We are excited by the opportunity to test our ability to control, resist temptations and demonstrate our mental toughness.  The athlete who is best controlled, mentally prepared, and physically toned – he who has the most PRIDE – “WINS”.

                                  United States Military Academy – Football Playbook

QUESTION:  Do you have the self-control and the pride that equates with the elements of a winner?

{BCB Dec.’84}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #19: Pride

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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