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Archive for September 2013

Handout #150: The Power of Prayer

 

The Power of Prayer

Nobody knows the power of prayer,

But Somebody must be listening there

With a friendly ear for the heart that calls …

Someone Who knows when a sparrow falls.

 

Miracles lie in the power of prayer;

Faith that can banish the soul’s despair!

Hope that can shine like a holy light

And brighten the spirit’s darkest night!

 

When earthly help is of no avail

There is one friend who will never fail;

Just lift your eyes – the answer is there …

For nobody knows the power of prayer!

– Nick Kenny

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #150: The Power of Prayer.   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 #149: The PMA Leader; Making Plans

 

THE PMA LEADER

To have positive leadership you have to begin with trust, and trust is based on honesty. The leader, whether in school, in sports, in business or at home, must trust those it has been given him to lead.

The PMA leader facilitates the growth of those he leads. That is, like a good parent, his attitude toward those he leads is … “You can be whatever you most want to be. You can grow as great as your abilities will permit. My job is to help you become what you want to become.”

The business of PMA leadership is a matter of interdependence, rather than dependence. That is, if a person has a really good leader, or, again, parent, he does not have to be dependent, or feel that he is dependent upon the leader figure. Rather, he has a feeling of freedom based on honesty and trust, and feels that he and his leader are interdependent: dependent upon each other.

A child simply takes, he gets nothing but care and gives nothing in return, literally. No person wants to be a child, or be forced into the role of a child.

A man’s work should strengthen his image of himself. The PMA leader, the good parent, realizes this.

Every person fears being hurt in some way. Because of this, he had built-in defenses ready to leap into the picture at any time. The PMA leader is one who brings about a reduction of defenses in those he leads.

And finally, the PMA leader gives those he leads the opportunity to identify with the competence and problem-solving skills he himself, as a leader, represents. He permits those he leads to identify with him. He sets that sort of example.

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MAKING PLANS

  • A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them.
  • It is dangerous and sinful to rush into the unknown.
  • Don’t brag about you plans for tomorrow – wait and see what happens.
  • To plan evil is as wrong as doing it.
  • Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way.
  • A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #149: The PMA Leader; Making Plans.   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 #148: Slight Edge: It Only Takes Two Percent

 

SLIGHT EDGE: IT TAKES ONLY TWO PERCENT

Learn and use this little realized secret to join the few who enjoy unlimited wealth, prestige, and happiness.  By Gene Emmet Clark, D. D.

Have you been working like a horse?

I’ve been thinking about that expression — and at least one horse I can name has earned a pretty fair hourly rate.

Someone has figures out that the racehorse, Nashua, earned more than a million dollars in a total racing time that added up to less than one hour!

That’s pretty good pay. Of course, we know that many, many more hours went into preparing for that winning hour of racing.

But there is something else here that interest me. What is there about a horse like Nashua that made him such a consistent winner and made him so valuable? You’d probably pay a hundred times as much for a horse like Nashua as you would for an ordinary racehorse. But is he a hundred times as much as the average, he needed only to be consistent in finishing just ahead of the rest.

All he had to do was win a good share of the time by a nose to be worth a hundred times as much as an also-ran.

And so it is with human beings who are on top in the game of life.

A writer in a national magazine made the assertion that the difference between the man of achievement and the man of mediocrity is a difference only about two per cent in study, application, interest, attention and effort. Only about two percent separates the winner from the loser!

A boxer can win the world’s championship simply by winning one more round than his opponent — or even by being only a point or two ahead. And this narrow margin can make the difference between fame and fortune or never being heard of again. It’s often a matter of only two percent.

We have no idea of what a change we could make in our results if we would simply add that two percent more time and effort than the average person is willing to put in.

You think you’re doing all you can?  No one is doing his best who can do better.

Just doing two per cent better than your usual, average job could improve your results a hundredfold!

It’s something to think about.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #148: Slight Edge: It Only Takes Two Percent.   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 #147: Football – The A Game?; Teamwork

FOOTBALL – A GAME?

FOOTBALL IS A GAME WHERE NOT ONLY THE WHOLE TEAM MUST ACT RIGHT, BUT THINK RIGHT, AND BELIEVE RIGHT. IT HAS AN EMOTTONALISM AND A SURGE WHICH STIRS PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS ALIKE. THE DRAMA AND CLOSENESS OF THE CAUSE PULL THE SQUAD OR SCHOOL TOGETHER, PRIDE IN ACCOMPLISHMENT IS A KEY FACTOR FOR TEAM SUCCESS, AND THE FEAR OF FAILING ONE’S TEAMMATES PRODUCES SKILLS AND PERFORMANCES THE PLAYER NEVER KNEW HE POSSESSED.

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As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster. The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect his people.- K. S. Guthrie

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TEAMWORK

It’s all very well to have courage and skill and its fine to be counted a star, but the single deed with it’s touch of thrill doesn’t tell us the man you are; for there’s no lone hand in the game we play, we must work to a bigger scheme, and the thing that counts in the world today is how do you pull with the team?

They may sound your praise and may call you great, they may single you out for fame, but you must work with your running mate or never you’ll win the game. For never the work of life is done by the man with a selfish dream, for the battle is lost or the battle is own by the spirit of the team.

You may think it’s fine to be praised for skill. But a greater thing to do is to set your mind and your will on the goal that’s just in view; it’s helping your fellow man to score when his chances hopeless seem, it’s forgetting self till the game is o’er and fighting for the team.

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FAITH:  Whoso draws nigh to God one step through Doubtings dim, God will advance a mile in blazing light to him.  

FAITH is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations.

WORK:  Thank god every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not.

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THE MAN WORTH WHILE

IT IS EASY ENOUGH TO BE PLEASANT,

WHEN LIFE FLOWS BY LIKE A SONG,

BUT THE MAN WORTH WHILE IS ONE WHO WILL SMILE,

WHEN EVERYTHING GOES DEAD WRONG.

FOR THE TEST OF THE HEART IS TROUBLE,

AND IT ALWAYS COMES WITH THE YEARS,

AND THE SMILE THAT IS WORTH THE PRAISES OF EARTH

IS THE SMILE THAT SHINES THROUGH TEARS.

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BORN FOR A REASON

*  All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why.

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #147: Football – A Game?.   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 #146: A Tribute to Bron Bacevich, National High School Coach of the Year

Today was a special day:  My son, Blake,  played an 8th grade football game in Bron Bacevich Stadium at Roger Bacon High School.  I am sure Blake made his Great Grandpa proud as he was looking down from Heaven watching Blake play. I thought it would be fitting to  IMG_2475post this Tribute to Coach Bacevich that was published in February 1974, shortly after Coach Bacevich won the National High School Coach of the Year Award in 1973, as we remember what a great coach and man he was!

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A Tribute to:

BRON BACEVICH – National High School Coach of the Year

A GREAT COACH-PROFILE of a winner BRON BACEVICH

The word “great” means many different things to different people.  A few of the dictionary definitions are “. . . excellent, first class, more than ordinary; extreme; an outstanding or distinguished person” and we could go on and on.  Coach Bacevich deserves to be recognized as one of the “greats” for the outstanding job he has done over the past forty-three years of coaching.  Any of the definitions we have picked out could apply to Bron, Super, is probably a better word to describe this man.  Bron Bacevich is a native of East Chicago, Indiana, a hot bed for tough football players.  He graduated from Washington High School in East Chicago in 1924.  He then attended North Central College where he was an all conference football player.  He received his B.A. degree from North Central in 1930 and his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1932.  In 1952, he received his M.S. degree from Purdue University.  Bron’s first coaching job was at Hudson, Michigan in 1930 and 31.  North Central College, 1932-33, St. Bede College, 1933-49, Marquette High School Ottawa, Illinois 1949-50, Kankakee, Illinois, 1953-54 and Roger Bacon High School, Cincinnati, Ohio from 1954 to present.

Bron’s lifetime total of 315 victories, 97 defeats and 17 ties places him 5th among all coaches at any level.  He won a total of 150 games at Roger Bacon in twenty years.  In this twenty years, he sent his Roger bacon teams 190 times and only lost 40 games.  During this time, his Spartans won seven greater Cincinnati Championships.  He has received many honors, but probably the biggest of them all came last summer from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association when he was elected As Notional High School Coach of the Year for 1973.  He has been President of the Ohio High School Coaches Association, organizer President, Chairman for the American Football Coaches Association Rules Committee, three times Recipient, Distinguished American Award, and National Football foundation Hall of Fame Member.  He has coached the South Squad twice in the Ohio All Star Game.  He has had many of his players become outstanding college players, too many to mention.  Over the years, Bron Bacevich has developed some definite ideas about young people.  When asked about the attitude of young people today, he replied,

photo“the problem with kids today is that not enough parents teach their youngsters to stick with whatever they have chosen to do so they give up.  There are some of my kids who practiced very hard with the team, but just didn’t have the talent necessary to play in the game.  These kids, the ones who stick with a difficult task or endeavor, are the ones who build character.”

Determination is not the only quality that Bron has tried to develop in his players.  He urges the boys to do more than the minimum in their Christian living.  This area of Christian living is one of Bron’s practices.  A man of deep faith, practice sessions often start and end with prayer.   Comments most often heard about Bacevich are as follows:  Coach Bacevich could take a team of minimal degree of talent and fashion a fine football team.

I think one of the most important things Coach Bacevich taught me was to continually strive towards excellence.

His effort was always towards perfection.

He taught us you have to make sacrifices to reach your goals.

He works harder at football than anybody I’ve ever seen.  I though he was the greatest coach in Ohio; He and Woody Hayes.

He never talked of winning; he talked about excelling, about doing your best.  The only thing he was interested in was making men out of us.

In the final analysis, the success of a coach can be measured in terms of the respect he has earned from his players and from his opponents.  Honors, won-lost records, championships are all important, but every coach must remember this – he is a living example for all young men in the community in which he coaches.  Bron Bacevich has been this example and we salute you Bron for giving us an example to live by.

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AWARENESS . . .

I Am – the power of self-knowledge.

I Think – the power to investigate.

I Know – the power to master facts.

I Wonder – the spirit of reverence, curiosity, worship.

I See – the power of insight, imagination, vision.

I Believe – the power of adventurous faith.

I Can – the power to act and the skill to accomplish.

I Ought – the power of conscience, the moral imperative.

I Will – will power, loyalty to duty, consecration.

I Serve – the power to be useful, devotion to a cause.

— Geo. Walter Fiske

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All Things Are Difficult Before They Are Easy

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #146: A Tribute to Bron Bacevich.   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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