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Archive for October 2012

Handout #106: The Art of Laughter

THE ART OF LAUGHTER

Meet the challenge of life with the art of laughter …. Take a tip from Will Rogers, who observed people with laughter in his eyes and love in his heart and declared: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Learn laughter from little children by thinking their thoughts, dreaming their dreams and playing their games. Develop a playful attitude toward problems; toss them around; handle them with a light touch. Use laughter as a safety valve to keep yourself sane and relaxed. Emerson said it well: “The perception of the Comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge of sanity. We must learn by laughter as by tears and terror.” Consider the power of laughter to prick the balloons of pretense and to deflate stuffed shirts.  Inject laughter into tense situations to save the day; laughter calms tempers and soothes jangled nerves.  Use laughter to set healing vibrations into motion – to fill a room with sunshine of good cheer.  Guard yourself against the gloomy outlook by recalling the wise statement of Henry Ward Beecher: “A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs … he is jolted disagreeably by every pebble in the road.” Look at the funny side of your difficulties; impersonal contemplation is the secret of laughter and perspective. Most of all learn to laugh at yourself; meet each day with a sense of humor. Laughter is the best medicine for a long and happy life. He who laughs … lasts! – UNKNOWN

 

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #106: The Art of Laughter.  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 #105: Help Me to be a Good Sport

 

DEAR GOD :   Help me to be a good sport in this game of life.  I don’t ask for any place in the line-up; play me where you need me.  I only ask for the stuff to give you a hundred percent of what I’ve got.  If all the hard drives come my way, I thank you for the compliment.  Help me to remember that you won’t let anything come that you and I can’t handle.  And help me to take the bad breaks as part of the game. Help me to be thankful for them.

And God, help me always to play on the square, no matter what the other players do. Help me to see that often the best part of the game is helping others. Help me to be a “Regular Friend” with the other players.

Finally, God, if fate seems to uppercut me with both hands and I’m laid up on the shelves in sickness and/or old age, help me to take that as part of the game also.  Help me not to whimper or squeal that the game was unfair or that I had a raw deal.  When in the dusk I get the final whistle, I ask for no lying, complimentary stones. I’d only like to know that you feel I did my best.  – Chaplain’s Digest 

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Pope Leo XIIINo one is so rich that he does not need another’s help: no one so poor as not to be useful in some way to his fellow man; and the disposition to ask assistance from others with confidence, and to grant it kindness, is part of our very nature.

Time spent in lovingly helping our fellowman can be most productive of a feeling of satisfaction in a well – spent life and certainly is a better way to prepare for eternity. If we improve the life of one of the least of God’s children, we have done it unto him.

There is always a compensating internal satisfaction which accompanies a good deed.  Only one good deed a day is 365 good deeds in a year; and if we began at age 10 and lived to age 70, that amounts to 21,900 good deeds.  I like the Boy Scout idea.  He pledges to “help other people at all times,” and ties a knot in his tie until his daily good deed is accomplished.

Now is a good time to start filling the pages of 19XX with a success story; one that we can be proud to show to anyone, including the Supreme Architect of the Universe.  If we give more of our time and efforts to relieving our neighbor’s problems, our 19XX will be a more satisfactory year. God loves a cheerful giver.

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BEGIN NOW: “He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #105: Help Me to be a Good Sport.  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 #104: Traits of Excellence; Ten Daily Exercises; …

TRAITS OF EXCELLENCE…

The Six Traits of Excellence that make up the Champion athlete are:

  • ABILITY
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • AGILITY
  • STRENGTH
  • ENDURANCE AND
  • COORDINATION

We each have more or less of these six traits through hereditary or environmental factors. We can, however, with training, improve or acquire these six traits of excellence to a much more high degree.

Remember also, there is no such affliction as “musclebound”. Dr. John EaIy, noted Orthopedic Surgeon stated: “A muscle cannot bind a joint in any normal person.”

There exists poor flexibility or poor coordination, and this can be found in a 200 pound man and a 50 pound girl, or a 130 pound student. All could be corrected through training. – George Eiferman, Mr. America and Mr. Universe

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TEN DAILY EXERCISES …

1.  A good eye exercise – see also the perfection in others.

2.  A good tongue exercise – speak from the heart instead of the mouth.

3.  A good facial exercise – a smile often repeated.

4.  Hearing exercise – When we speak we learn nothing. Listening is the teacher. Then speak.

5.  Brain exercise – Think only constructive thoughts.  Good reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

6.  Leg exercise – Walk toward knowledge, wisdom, health and brotherhood of all men.

7.  Breathing exercise – Inhale the great works of music, art, literature and Philosophy. Exhale spitefulness and other negative thoughts.

8.  Strength exercise – Have the strength to endure when things are unendurable, to pass the next test after failing a recent one.

9.  Heart exercise. – Have the heart to “constructively” improve our – self, our environment, our community and our country.

10.  Soul exercise – We are never alone. Walk with God.

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IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS!

Probably the greatest discovery anyone can make is that we can change our life for the better, by changing our immature, negative attitude to MATURE, constructive attitudes.

We live in the direction of our thought patterns.  Let us have our attitudes work for us instead of against us. – Someone said it.

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LUCK … I am a great believer in luck, and the harder I work, I have found, the more of it (LUCK) I have.

TALENT: God Given – Be Humble.

FAME:  Man Given – Be Thankful.

CONCEIT:  Self Given – Be Careful.

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TEACH US, GOOD LORD, to serve thee as thou deservest:

  • to give and not count the cost;
  • to fight and not heed the wounds;
  • to toil and not to seek for rest;
  • to labor and not to ask for any reward-save that of knowing that we do thy will. – St. Ignatius of Loyola

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #104: Traits of Excellence; Ten Daily Exercises . . . .  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 #103: The Problem Athlete: Some Causes and Solutions

 

THE PROBLEM ATHLETE:  SOME CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS

High school athletes have read about various Pro athletes who have and are filing suits, demanding better conditions and higher wages. Can we expect that high school athletes not be influenced by the actions of their idols?

But high school athletes are not under contract and do not belong to unions: so the rebellion is more subtle. They begin to challenge rules: first perhaps, the dress code; then grooming rules then sportsmanship standards.

Coaches may not even perceive the initial stages of rebellion. Then perhaps, they see it, but ignore it.  Finally, the situation is uncontrollable. The coach who did not demand adherence to the dress code is unable to demand prompt attendance at practice sessions. The coach who ignored tardy attendance finds he must ignore missed practices. And so on.

The kid is called a “problem athlete.” But, really, is the athlete the problem? Perhaps there are problems surrounding the athlete which condition behavior which we call problemsome. Perhaps the athlete deserves little or none of the blame – at least until we correct the circumstances which create the problem athlete.

To begin, we might remember that athletes learn character as they observe it in those who have authority over their lives: the parents, school administrators, teachers, coaches, and officials. “Children do,” to quote Joubert, “have more need of models than of critics.”

Therefore, if we desire athletes to have respect for authority, then those who are in positions of authority must themselves display respect for authority: for superiors, rules and the law.

Parents who speak disparagingly of their bosses, government officials, law enforcement officers and judges develop similar attitudes in their children.

School administrators who do not adequately supervise the conduct of their teachers and coaches set the example for teachers’ supervision of students and coaches’ supervision of athletes.

Teachers who are lax in the enforcement of school policies and procedures in the classroom, pave the way for lack of discipline on the athletic floor or field.

Coaches who circumvent rules and bait officials invite similar behavior from their athletes.

Game officials who fail to enforce the rules for some coaches and athletes encourage challenges to rules by all coaches and athletes, as well as spectators.

A revitalization of commitment by parents, school administrators, teachers, coaches, and officials to display and demand respect for authority would establish an environment at home, in the school and on the athletic field or floor which could combat the assault on authority to which young people are exposed during the remainder of the day. Then, with our own backyard clean, we can justifiably complain about the examples being set by some collegiate and professional athletes, coaches and officials. Let us look in the mirror before casting the stone.  – National Federation

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #103: The Problem Athlete: Some Causes and Solutions (1)Handout #103: Handout #103: The Problem Athlete: Some Causes and Solutions (2).  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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