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Archive for July 2013

Handout #141: Work . . .

 

WORK

If you are poor, WORK.  If you are rich, WORK.  If you are burdened with seemingly unfair responsibilities, WORK.

If you are happy, continue to WORK; idleness gives room for doubts and fears.  If sorrow overwhelms you, and loved ones seem true, WORK.  If disappointments come, WORK.

If faith falters and reason fails, just WORK.  When dreams are shattered and hopes seem dead – WORK, WORK as if your life were in peril; it really is.

No matter what ails you, WORK. WORK faithfully, and WORK with Faith. WORK is the greatest material remedy available. WORK will cure mental and physical afflictions. – Unknown

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* JESUS WAS THE ONLY TEACHER TALL ENOUGH TO SEE OVER THE FENCES THAT DIVIDE THE HUMAN RACE INTO COMPARTMENTS.

*  LET’S REMEMBER THAT IT TAKES BOTH THE WHITE AND BLACK KEYS OF THE PIANO TO PLAY “THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER”.

*  AND A THOUSAND LIVES ARE HIS WHO CARRIES THE WORLD IN HIS SYMPATHIES. James Russell Lowell

*  A GREAT MANY PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE THINKING WHEN THEY ARE MERELY RE-ARRANGING THEIR PREJUDICES.

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Prayers Can’t Be Answered … unless they are Prayed

Life without purpose is barren indeed –

There can’t be a harvest unless you plant seed,

There can’t be attainment unless there’s a goal,

And man’s but a robot unless there’s a soul …

If we send no ships out, no ships will come in,

And unless there’s a contest, nobody can win…

For games can’t be won unless they are played,

And Prayers can’t be answered unless they are prayed…

 

So whatever is wrong with your life today,

You’ll find a solution if you kneel down and pray

Not just for pleasure, enjoyment and health,

Not just for honors and prestige and wealth…

But pray for a Purpose to make life worth living.

And Pray for the Joy of unselfish giving,

For Great is your Gladness and Rich your Reward

When you make you Life’s Purpose the choice of the Lord.

– Helen Steiner Rice

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COACHING CLINIC STORY

I do have a few stories that would be appropriate at this time. Before I got on the lecture this morning, I was talking with Earl Cox of the Louisville Courier-Journal and we were swapping stories.  We were talking about the time coaches must spend after the game with the media.  The story came up about the young coach that had gotten beat 48-0.  He was killing as much time as possible after the game to keep from meeting the press.  They keep yelling for him. “How long are you going to be Coach?” He would reply, “Give me five more minutes.” He finally came out and the write asked him the one famous question all good sports writers ask. “COACH, WHEN DO YOU THINK THE TURNING POINT OR THE GAME WAS?” Without hesitation the Coach said, “RIGHT AFTER THEY PLAYED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #141: Work . . . .   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 #140: The Road Ahead or the Road Behind; The Answer

 

THE ROAD AHEAD OR THE ROAD BEHIND

Sometimes I think the fates must grin, as we denounce them and insist the only reason we can’t win is fates themselves have missed. Yet, there lives on the ancient claim, we win or lose within ourselves, the shiny trophies on our shelves can never win tomorrow’s game.

Yet, you and I know deeper down there is a chance to win the crown. But when we fail to give our best, we simply haven’t met the test, of giving all and saving none until the game is really won, of showing what is meant by grit, of fighting on when others quit, of playing through, not letting up (it’s bearing down that wins the cup), of dreaming there’s a goal ahead, of hoping when our dreams are dead, of praying when our hopes have fled, yet losing, not afraid to fall if bravely we have given all; for who can ask more of a man, than giving all within his span.

That giving all, it seems to me, is not so far from victory. And so the fates are seldom wrong no matter how they twist and wind; It’s you and I who make our fates; we open up or close the gates, on the road ahead, or the road behind.  – Christian Athlete

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THE ANSWER BY GRANTLAND RICE

When the battle breaks against you and the crowd forgets to cheer

When the anvil chorus echoes with the essence of a jeer;

When the knockers start their panning in the knockers’ nimble way

With a rap for all your errors and a josh upon your play –

There is one quick answer ready that will nail them on the wing:

There is one reply forthcoming that will wipe away the sting;

There is one elastic come-back that will hold them as it should –

Make Good!

No matter where you finish in the mix-up or the row –

There are those among the rabble who will pan you anyhow;

But the entry who is sticking and delivering the stuff

Can listen to the yapping as he giggles up his cuff;

The loafer has no come-back and the quitter no reply

When the Anvil Chorus echoes, as it will against the sky:

But there is one quick and ready answer that will wrap them in a hood –

Make Good!

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* Socrates was the first to discover that wisdom is the knowledge of one’s own ignorance.

* Just as refined manners give grace to the body, so do refined thoughts give dignity and grace to the mind.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #140: The Road Ahead or the Road Behind; The Answer.   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 #139: Home is where there’s One to Love Us; The Man in the Glass; Success

 

HOME IS WHERE THERE’S ONE TO LOVE US …

HOME’S not merely four square walls,

Though with pictures hung and gilded;

HOME is where Affection calls,

Filled with shrines the Heart hath builded!

HOME! – go watch the faithful dove,

Sailing ‘neath the heaven above us;

HOME is where there’s one to love!

HOME is where there’s one to love us!

HOME’S not merely roof and room –

It needs something to endear it;

HOME is where the heart can bloom,

Where there’s some kind lip to cheer it!

What is HOME with none to meet,

None to welcome, none to greet us?

HOME is sweetand only sweet

Where there’s one we love to meet us!  – Charles Swain, Poems That Touch The Heart  

 

THE MAN IN THE GLASS

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to the mirror and look at yourself

And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, mother or wife

Whose judgment upon you must pass;

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life,

Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people may think you a straight-shootin’ chum

And call you a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum –

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest.

For he’s with you clear up to the end.

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of life

And gets pats on your back as you pass.

BUT your final reward will be heartaches and tears –

If you’ve cheated the man in the glass!

 

SUCCESS …

Success is speaking words of praise

In cheering other people’s ways,

In doing just the best you can

With every task and every plan

It’s silence when your speech would hurt,

Politeness when your neighbor’s curt.

It’s deafness when the scandal flows,

And sympathy with other’s woes.

It’s loyalty when duty calls.

It’s courage when disaster falls,

It’s patience when the hours are long;

It’s found in laughter and in song;

It’s in the silent time of prayer,

In happiness and in despair

In all of life and nothing less

We find the thing we call success.

 

Dan Jesse to the NFCA:

Keep football a tough sport that teaches men to think, to dare, to hit hard, to lead, to sacrifice, to fight, to win and to disdain the tie or the defeat.

College football is the greatest game man plays, Protect it well.

Keep it a tough sport and as a teacher of men.

Dare to hit hard, to lead, to sacrifice, to fight, to win, to disdain the tie or the defeat.

College football is the greatest game man plays.

Gentlemen …

PROTECT IT WELL..!

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He who won’t be denied will find a way.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #139: Home is where there’s One to Love Us; The Man in the Glass; Success.   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 #138: How to Influence People!; How’s Your Disposition

 

HOW TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE!

One of the items most prized by collectors of antique autos is the Benz, a pioneer German car, first produced about a century ago, When its manufacturer, Karl Benz, put his car on the market he found that people didn’t take too kindly to the odd contraption. It was noisy; it scared horses; and, what was even more disturbing to the skeptical public, the “crazy scheme” worked!

Bowing to local pressure, the civic officials immediately passed a law to limit the speed of “horseless carriages” – six kilometers an hour inside the city and twelve outside. Benz realized that he would never be able to market the car if autos had to creep along like that, but all of his arguments got him nowhere. Finally, he wrote an important government official and invited him to take a ride in the sinister vehicle. He then arranged with a milkman to park his milk wagon on a certain street and, as soon as the car went by, to whip up his ancient horse and pass it, favoring Benz and his distinguished guest with German equivalent of a Bronx cheer.

The plan worked perfectly. The official was furious, and demanded that Benz overtake his rude competition. But Benz, all apologies, declared he couldn’t do it on account of the ridiculous speed law. Shortly thereafter the law was changed.

Influencing people is the art of letting them have your way.

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HOW’S YOUR DISPOSITION?

LIKEABLE old fellow we know seems to be getting a bit crotchety as he grows older. The other day somebody asked him what had happened to the cheery disposition he once had, and he answered, “I have always tried to see the good in everybody, but lately my eyes ain’t been what they use to be.”

One way you can tell whether you are getting old before your time is to ask yourself whether you are more critical of other people than you once were; whether your “eyes” that used to spot the good in others – “ain’t what they use to be.”

If you would keep your reactions young, nip in the bud any developing tendency to find fault; find good! This will keep you lithe emotionally and it will keep you being agreeable – the kind of a person people can keep liking. Not only can it keep your popular with your associates, it can keep you popular with yourself.

This is artistry in living. Like any other part, it requires continuous practice – especially as you grow older. If neglected, arthritis of the personality sets in.

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The better part of one’s life consists of one’s life consists of friendships. — Abraham Lincoln

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most. — “Babe” Didrickson Zaharies

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #138: How to Influence People!; How’s Your Disposition.   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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