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Handout #239: Commitment to Excellence – This Year

Commitment to Excellence – This Year

(Teammates — Co-workers)

Commitment is the thing.  Soldiers in the ranks have rarely, over the ages, fought for the king, country, freedom or moral principle.

More than anything else, men have fought and winners have won because of a commitment – to a leader – and to a small brotherhood where the ties that bind are mutual respect and confidence – shared privation – shared hazard – shared triumph – a willingness to obey and determination to follow.

“And then in one of the greatest thundering jolts in which a man’s real motives are revealed to him in an electrifying vision, I understand, at last, why I jumped hospital that Sunday 35 years ago and, in violation of orders, returned to the front and almost certain death.

It was an act of love.  Those men on the line were my family, my home.  They were closer to me than I can say, closer than any friends had been or ever would be.  They had never let me down, and I couldn’t do it to them.  I had to be with them, rather than let them die and me live with the knowledge that I might have saved them.  Men, I now knew, do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction.  They fight for one another.

Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is willing to die, is not a man at all.  He is truly damned.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #239: Commitment to Excellence – This Year. 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 #238: A Father’s Prayer

A Father’s Prayer

I have a boy to bring up.  Help me to perform my task with wisdom and kindness, and good cheer.  Help me to see him clearly as he is.  Let not my fear for him magnify my doubts.  Let not my pride in him hide his faults.  Quicken my judgment, so that I shall know how to train him to think, and to be, in all things, pure and simple.

Give me great patience and long memory.  Let me remember the hard places of my own youth, that I may help him when I see him struggling as I struggled.  Let me remember the things that made me glad, lest I forget that child’s laughter is the light of life.

Teach me that love has no weaknesses, tolerates no selfishness.  Keep me from weakening my son through granting him pleasures that end in sickness of soul.  Grant that I may love my boy wisely.

I have a boy to bring up.  Teach me to give him true values and beauty, just rewards of industry.  Help me to send him into the world with a mission of service.  Strengthen my mind, that I may teach him that he is his brother’s keeper, and to serve those who know not the need of service, and not knowing, need it the most.

I have a boy to bring up.  So guide me and direct me that I may do this service to the glory of God, and the service of my country, and to my son’s happiness.  In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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GREAT REFEREE OF ALL MANKIND . . .

Help us in our divine task of helping others as we help ourselves.  Do not let our love for fun go in the wrong direction.  Help us to play the game of life according to the rules, and that we be good examples.

Help us to remember that when someone wins, someone loses;  that victory is accomplished by good breaks; so that when we win, we do not crow, and when we lose, we do not cry.

Help us remember that every human being is created in your image and is sacred.

We thank Thee, almighty God, for all the great gifts you have given us:  Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually, and we humbly try to reciprocate by dedicating our lives to helping others who are less fortunate.  AMEN.

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TO BE SUCCESSFUL . . .

  1. Don’t worry when you are doing the best you know how to do.
  2. Don’t hurry when success depends on accuracy.
  3. Don’t believe a thing is impossible without trying it.
  4. Don’t imagine that good intentions are enough.
  5. Don’t think evil of a friend unless you have all the facts.
  6. Don’t harbor bitterness in your soul overnight.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

  • There is no right way to do the wrong thing.
  • All people smile in the same language.
  • The future belongs to those who prepare for it.
  • The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #238: A Father’s 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 #237: My Dad is Very Special . . . 1

My Dad is Very Special

He is the creator.  He is the builder, the teacher, the comedian, the repairman, the disciplinarian, and the chairman of the sounding board.  He is the grouch, the warm, the cold, the soft, the hard, the gentle, the rough, the kind, the cruel, the man, the father … in his children’s lives.

He has calloused hands and balding head.  He has wrinkles that show when he smiles.  He receives no anesthetic and when everyone cries, he dies inside because he is not supposed to show tears.  He has a smell that only his children love.  He goes someplace everyday called work.  He comes home with a sack of doughnuts and feels he is carrying a bag of gold.

He is grouchy when he is tired and happy when he is rested.  He smiles when he is scared.  He frowns when he is joking.  He hurts when his kids ache.  He is never quite the man his son thinks he is and he is never quite the hero his daughter knows he is.

He listens to fears, doubts, joys and sorrows.  He repairs broken dolls and flat bicycle tires.  He mends crushed hopes and broken hearts.  He rules in joy and empathizes in sorrow.

He creates dreams, plans and goals.  He builds direction that evolves into purpose.  He teaches sense of responsibility and teaches honesty.  This structure is his Michelangelo, his masterpiece.  The masterpiece is what he lives for.  He believes in it.  He lives in this belief.  He would die in this belief.  This belief is the future for his gang.  His gang is his life.  His life is his gang.

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When Things Go Wrong . . . 

I count it best, when things go wrong, to hum a tune and sign a song; a heavy heart means sure defeat, but joy is victory replete.

If skies are cloudy, count the gain new life depends upon the rain; the cuckoo carols loud and long when clouds hang low and things go wrong.

When things go wrong, remember then the happy heart has strength of ten; forget the sorrow, sing a song – it makes all right when things go wrong.

— Charles Henry Chelsey

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Success is . . . 

Success is peaking words of praise in cheering other people’s ways.

In doing just the best you can with every task and plan.

It’s silence when your speech would hurt, politeness when your neighbors curt.

It’s deafness when the scandal flows, and sympathy with others woes.

Its 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 silent time of prayer, in happiness and despair.

In all of life and nothing less, we find the thing we call Success.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #237: My Dad is Very Special . . . 1. 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 #236: Motivation

MOTIVATION

The word itself might furnish a simple outline for building emotion and desire to be successful in the classroom.

MORALE – Easier to motivate a person who has the proper morale.  There can be class morale (successful individual motivation must be n a one-on-0ne basis).  Be enthusiastic.  Enthusiasm is contagious.  Having a positive belief in what you are doing will help build confidence and morale.  Generate Morale.  Build a sense of pride in the student.  How do you bring this about?  You stress quality in everything the student does.  Morale comes about when you feel you are improving towards a worthwhile goal.  Morale is not being happy – morale is believing you are achieving something.  “MAKE ME FEEL GOOD AND I WILL PRODUCE.”

OPPORTUNITY – Most students respond favorably when given the opportunity to excel.  Class participation – avoid – just calling on the “smart” youngster – the one who always knows the answer – spot the kid that only occasionally puts up his/her hand – or – indicates he/she knows the answer by a gleam in the eyes.  Important – vary the degree of difficulty of the questions asked.

TOGETHERNESS – It is possible in a classroom situation.  Allow for some “Teamwork”.  “Pair-Off” a good student with a less-gifted student.  Important – distinguish between sharing thoughts, exchanging ideas – vs. “copying”.  Point out responsibilities re. copying – two-way responsibility.  Encourage (“sell”) students (in the same homeroom) to be responsible for all handouts, assignments, etc. for absentees.  Example in athletics:  squad responsibility for Training Rules.  “Build” – idea – class responsibility for any failures.

INITIATIVE – Challenge with assignments which leave room for initiative.  Give credit for “Over and above the call of duty” on assignments.  Doing more than is required has tremendous carry-over value.  Explain why that is important.

VARIETY – Avoid classroom boredom.  Dare to be different.  Vary teaching procedures.  Make periodic changes of seating.  Make full use of teaching aids – including the library.  Be creative.  Keep students “Guessing” – I wonder what the teacher will have for us today.

ATTITUDE – PMA – positive Mental Attitude – Best? – your own example.  Be enthusiastic – Cheerful.   Enjoy what you are doing.  Don’t bring personal problems to the classroom.  Equally important – For a happy home life, and the fun of teaching – avoid brining school/teaching problems home – along with a negative attitude.  Whatever kind of day you had in school, however difficult, try to maintain a sense of humor, and maintain a positive attitude.

TRADITION – “Sell” – there are several ways to do things:  The Right Way – The Wrong Way – and – the McAuley Way, which is:  the right way with “Over and above the call of duty” effort.  In your class – “A student who puts forth a total best possible/honest effort will not fail.”

IMPROVEMENT – Personalized progress reports – keep the student informed.

ORGANIZATION – To fulfill your teaching goals, it is important to be highly organized and leave little to chance.  Classroom procedures; allow for leadership – students:  take turns leading opening prayers – attendance check- vary distribution/picking up papers.  Be sure students understand what is expected from them – what can they expect from you.  “Make full use of time, facilities and equipment.  TIME is the most precious thing you have.  Avoid – “clock-watching” attitude.  Do not permit “slouching/sleeping” in the classroom.  Make certain you are a good example.

NOTORIETY – Recognition for accomplishment is important from childhood to old age.  When used properly it can be the cornerstone for building motivation.  If the student does something worthwhile, worth knowing about, then by all means, bring it up to the attention of the class.  Important – know which of your students are involved in extra-curricular activities.  Recognize their achievements, honors – in school and on the outside.  Make every effort to attend school events – games, contests, plays, etc.  If unable to do so, make every effort to get some info before class.

Teaching Philosophy

Important:  One you can live with.

Even though most of us have the same needs, we also have different personalities, energy levels and goals.  Therefore it is necessary for each of us to formulate an individual teaching philosophy.  The above – hopefully – will help you in the formulation or evaluation of your own.

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till.  The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”  — Self Reliance – Ralph Wade Emerson.

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QUOTABLE QUOTES

  • “The WORLD often turns aside to let a man pass who knows where he is going.”
  • “HONESTY is still the best policy – but strange to say – some people feel they cannot afford the best.”
  • “When a person thinks twice about something – he has to think a third time to play off the tie.”
  • “People who tell you a thing can’t be done are almost always authorities on failure.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #236: Motivation. 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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