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Handout #171: You Are What You Think You Are – You Can Be Whatever You Decide to Become!

You are What You Think You Are – You Can Be Whatever You Decide to Become!

READ and REREAD the thoughts you’ll find here; commit the words to memory.  Action compelling thoughts can change your life and the lives of everyone you know or meet.  They can lead to the achievement of your fondest dreams and your highest aspirations.

  • Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts . . . and habits can be acquired.
  • You are where you are and what you are because of the dominating thoughts that occupy your mind.
  • The power of personal motivation comes from a definite personalized plan of action, and the application of that plan every day of your life.
  • Before any of us can move upward toward predetermined success, we must trigger our own motive power.
  • If you are not making the progress you would like to and are capable of making, it is simply because your goals are not clearly defined.
  • When you set goals for yourself, they will work in two ways:  you work on them and they work on you.
  • Goal setting should never be confused with wishing or daydreaming.  The man who sets a realistic goal for himself is taking the first step in positive, overt action.
  • Goal setting is the strongest human force for self-motivation.  No one ever accomplishes anything of consequences without a goal.
  • Once you have set a goal, believe firmly and unequivocally that you will reach it.  The greater your belief the more rapid your progress will be.
  • Don’t waste time with regret for all the goals you failed to set in the yesterdays that are the past.  Goal direction begins today for the successful future you can create.
  • The man who sets a high goal and strives for its attainment inspires everyone who knows him.  He climbs steadily and others follow.
  • Know what you want . . . work for it . . . and life will return its richest rewards.  No time is lost, nor is time better spent than in honest and productive work.
  • We first form habits then habits form us.  In our individual drives towards a successful future, if we do not consciously form good habits we will unconsciously form bad ones.  It is as easy to form the habit of succeeding, as it is to succumb to the habit of failure.

bcb – roger bacon – april ‘77

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #171: You Are What You Think You Are – You Can Be Whatever You Decide to Become!. 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 #170: To Be a Winning Athlete – What Does it Take?

 

To Be a Winning Athlete – What Does it Take?

Being an athlete does not imply merely wearing the uniform and being just a member of the squad.  There are many more important phases to think about if you want to be a winner.  We as coaches would impress you with the importance of the qualities absolutely necessary for every good athlete.

1.  ARE YOU COACHABLE?

Can you take coaching?  Can you take criticism without ever looking for an alibi?  Are you a know-it-all?  Will you always level?  Will you always do your level best to try to improve?

2.  ARE YOU POSSESSED WITH THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION WHICH FIRES AN INTENSE DESIRE TO WIN?

Do you want to win with a passion? – Never take no for an answer when there is a job to be done – a block to be made – a pass to be caught – a tackle to be made.  Does it bother you to lose?

3.  ARE YOU WILLING TO PRACTICE?

Not just reporting to practice and putting in the necessary time but working every day with the same zeal, enthusiasm, speed, and determination you use during a ball game?  Do you have two speeds – a practice speed and a game speed?  The great athletes of the past were ones who had speed, and it was the same every practice.  If you loaf and cheat in practice, will you do the same in a game?

4.  ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES?

Conditioning to play is not fun.  It is not easy.  It is stark punishment.  Training is exacting; the responsibility is heavy.  It is rough and includes personal denials in order to remain in top condition, but it has its rewards.  You thrill with an inner-glow that reflects a feeling of happiness when your block springs a halfback through the line for a score.  Are you Willing to Play Hard Enough to Win?  Are You Willing to Pay the Price?

5.  DO YOU HAVE AN ARDENT DESIRE TO IMPROVE?

Are you willing to practice the things you cannot do three (3) times longer than the things you can do?  Are you willing to put in long grinding hours, concentrating on a skill until you perfect it?  Are you eager to work so diligently at the skills you lack that they eventually become your strongest assets?  We have seen too many boys spend their time doing what they already do well.  They never improve.

6.  DO YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO THINK UNDER FIRE?

Can you concentrate on the work to be accomplished at the moment?  Can you shut out from your mind previous failure, success, a rule infraction, or personal insult in order to give undivided attention to the offensive and defensive maneuver in the here and now?  Games are not won by last year’s score, but what is happening now, at this moment.  Good athletes play every play up to the hilt, never depending on past success to aid them.

7.  ARE YOU WILLING TO BE IMPERSONAL TOWARD YOUR OPPONENTS?

Do you shut out all personal feelings about your opponent except to hit as hard, as often, and as quickly as you can?

8.  DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR TEAM, YOUR COACHES?

Your school is as good as you make it.  Your coaches are genuine employees of the school.  They are dedicated.  They are sincerely interested in you as a person first, as an athlete, second.  Are you willing to work toward that spirit of oneness so that everyone posses the feeling of belonging through their contribution?  Will you keep uppermost in your mind that when a coach blisters the team with criticism his remarks are never meant to be personal affronts?  The only intent is to pressure you to do your best so that success for all results.

9.  ARE YOU WILLING TO STUDY JUST AS HARD AS BEFORE COMING OUT FOR FOOTBALL?

Football was never meant to take the place of studies.  This involves a re-alignment in your time schedule.  If football will consume two hours of your day, then you must draw time, not form your scholastic program, but form your hours previously devoted to personal pursuits.  If you must eliminate something from your schedule, it must not be study-time.  First things come first – and academic growth comes first!

10.  WILL YOU STRIVE DAILY TO IMPROVE YOUR AGILITY AND SPEED?

Football is a game of movement and daily drills will tend to speed up your reaction time.  Speed and coordination are necessary ingredients in a winning combination.  Only through hard work can improvement here be realized.  Those of you who lack these two physical qualities can find a place on the team by improving on other attributes.

WINNING – The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.

GOAL – Always begin somewhere.  You can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #170: To Be a Winning Athlete – What Does it Take?. 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 #169: If You Want to be Enthusiastic . . . You’ve Got to be in Shape . . .

 

If You Want to be Enthusiastic . . . You’ve Got to be in Shape . . .

If you want to be enthusiastic, you’ve got to be in shape.  Physically, you’ve got to build your body up.  How can you be enthusiastic if you’re feeling down?  You’ve got to get up on your legs; you’ve got to jog and walk and build those legs up.  Lift some weights, men, and feel the strength come in your back.  Build your body up and watch how your zeal and zest for life grows.

One great physiologist put it this way; fitness is the ability to do more.  I train every day and I think the hour that I spend training is the most important hour that I’ve got.  I eat better, I sleep better, I feel better.  I’ve got so much more energy to go with.

Fitness is part of my religious philosophy.  When the bible says present your body as a living sacrifice, I think it means to keep yourself in shape; get that heart beating; get those lungs going; straighten your back and watch how your love of life grows and watch how your attitude about life changes.  Do you know that America and the dream of democracy was conceived by activists . . . by people who were out in the fields working?  They were the people who’d go to Washington and make the decisions of activists.  You lose your aggressive sense of masculinity and you lose the thing that made democracy if you’re not active.  I can’t prove this.  All I can say is get physically strong and watch how it changes your whole point of view on life.  If you want to be enthusiastic, you’ve got to be in shape.

Now, number two, you’ve got to love what you’re doing, you’ve got to love it.  You can’t be great if you don’t love your work.  I think of the guy playing the violin in the orchestra.  The conductor stopped because this guy had a grimace of pain on his face.  He said, “Sir, why do you look in such misery?”  And the guy yelled back, “I don’t like music, I hate it.”  Well how can you be great if you don’t like what you are doing?

They caught Jim Ryun at six o’clock in the morning after he’d just finished running ten miles.  They said how can you do this fifty weeks a year, one hundred and fifty miles a week?  How can you keep your enthusiasm?  And this six foot one inch tremendous guy – what an inspiration to young people he is – looked at the reporters and said, “I love to run, I love to run.”

Let me tell you, you’ve got to really love to run to run one hundred fifty miles a week.  When Roger Bannister hit the tape after the first four minute mile in history, they clambered around him and asked why he kept going through all the disappointing months, the failures at the Olympics, those thousands of hours working . . . why?  And this articulate doctor (told) said to the reporters, “Do you know what it is to feel that you’re conquering gravity, to know that you’re doing something no one else has ever done, to break a record that no man has ever set, do you know the thrill of that?  I love it.”

—  by Bob Richards, Olympic Champion – Decathlon

What makes a Champion?    How will you measure up?    What are your Goals?

Roger Bacon – bcb – August, ‘78

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #169: If you want to be Enthusiastic . . . You’ve got to be in Shape. 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 #168: A Championship Dream

A Championship Dream

Sweat, Fatigue, Cramps, Pain, What forces cause a young man to train?

Does he forget his body is sore, Or is it something he needs much more?

Years of preparation to perform in a game, There are no shortcuts to an athlete’s fame?

 

Miles of roads and tons of weight, Two factors that determine an athlete’s fate.

The athlete anticipates the seasons ahead, with every drop of perspiration shed.

He builds his body to tear it down, People often laugh, but who is the clown?

 

What controls this young man’s desire?  A game that turns blood into fire.

There is only one measure of a team’s dedication, And that is through each young man’s preparation.

The wish to win is by far the goal, But the way to win must come from the soul.

 

A dream of a lifetime, is to be the BEST, but what makes that dream better thaan all the rest?

Probably the way you dissolve five (on nine, or eleven) players into one, Or the way the pain seems to turn to fun.

The mixture of talent and hard work will seem, As becoming the ingredients needed to build that dream.

—  Unknown

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I know Something Good About You . . .

WOULDN’T this old world be better, if the folks we meet would say:  “I know something good about you,” And then treat us just that way.

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy, If the good that’s in us all were the only thing about us that folks bothered to recall?

WOULDN’T life be lots more happy if we praised the good we see?  For there’s such a lot of goodness in the worst of you and me.

Wouldn’t it be nice to practice that fine way of thinking too:  You know something good about me, and I now something good about YOU.

—  Unknown

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ODE TO A REFEREE

I think that I shall never see a satisfactory referee.  One who calls them all the same, and knows the precepts of the game.

A man who really earns his pay and likewise praise from Billy Day.   A ref whose whistle’s never wrong, and keeps fans pleased the whole day long.

Poems are made by fools like me, but only GOD could referee.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #168: A Championship Dream. 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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