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Archive for February 2016

Handout #273: Habits

Habits

  • An important principle of success in all walks of life and in all occupations is to “Go the Extra Mile” – which means the rendering of more and better service than that for which one is paid, and giving it in a positive mental attitude.
  • We first form habits then habits form us. In our individual drives toward a successful future, if we do not consciously form good habits we will unconsciously form bad ones.
  • It is just as easy to form the habit of succeeding as it is to succumb to the habit of failure.
  • The harvest we reap in our lives is measured by the attitude and habits we cultivate.
  • To know the true reality of yourself, you must be aware not only of your conscious thoughts, but also of your unconscious prejudices bias and habits.
  • Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.
  • It is a psychological fact that you can influence your environment and thoughts. If you do so consciously and with high purpose, you can change your habits and attitudes for the better.
  • Anyone can live heroically and successfully for one day. The man who achieves a high purpose makes that day the pattern for all the days of his life.
  • Habits aren’t instincts; they’re acquired reactions. They don’t just happen; they are caused. Once you determine the original cause of habit, it is within your power either to accept or reject it.
  • Every person who has become successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that failures dislike doing and will not do.
  • Fear is a habit, so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: “I CAN” and “I WILL!!!”

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THE COMMITTED MAN:  The joy of living comes from immersion in something that we know to be bigger, better, more enduring and worthier than we are.

GOD NEVER PUTS ANY MAN IN A PLACE TO SMALL TO GROW IN.

NATURE gives talent but it is for man to make it work.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #273: Habits. 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 #272: I Believe . . .

I Believe . . .

I believe in the greatness of the individual, and that I am in this world for a purpose, that purpose being to put back into life more than I have taken out.

I believe in the integrity of other people, assured that they try as hard to follow the gleam, even as I.

I believe in the gallantry of older people whose seasoned experience and steadfast devotion has preserved for me the precious heritage of the past.

I believe in the magnificence of the past, knowing that without its storied wealth I would possess nothing.

I believe in the challenge of the future, fully realizing there will be no future except it becomes alive through me.

I believe in the contagion of health, and that I can spread it through cheerfulness, wholesome habits, sensible expenditure of energies, and wise use of foods.

I believe in the nobility of work as the creative expression of the best within me, and as my share in easing the common load of all.

I believe in the enrichment of play and laughter as the means of cleansing my body of staleness and my soul of bitterness.

I believe in God, who justifies all of these beliefs; He is the still small voice within, ever urging me toward the unattained.  Since He cares for these things, I believe that even death cannot steal these precious possessions from me.

And whatever I believe is entwined in those precious feelings that lie too deep for words.

— Anonymous

(What a person believes has everything to do with what a person is and becomes.  A simple statement of belief can describe so well a person and even a whole history of ideas.  We hope that this creed may have a special meaning to you.)

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The Athlete

The price that an athlete must pay to do the job well makes the word “athlete” almost sacred. A real athlete soaks up coaching. His motto should be: “What I give I will always have, but what I keep is lost forever. Life is what you want to make of it. Life’s greatest victory is over self and the greatest coach is the living God.” ***********************************************************

A Christian Athlete

Team effort is determined by individual responsibility. Words of great men will fade, but the life of Jesus transmits power; and it is this power which will give each person a new dimension to his life. Be as powerful a Christian as you are an athlete. Seek God diligently and strive to be in his will at all times.

— bcb – July, 1978

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #272: I Believe . . .. 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 #271: Love

Love

Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  If you have love for one another, then all will know that you are my Disciples.  — Jesus, John 13:34, 35

God is Love, and whoever lives in love lives in God and God lives in him.  — 1 John 4:16

Life without love is like a cold kiss. — College Freshman

No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves them.  Anonymous

Love cannot be forced; love cannot be coaxed and teased.  It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.  — Pearl Buck

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Without love, life is pointless and dangerous . . .  Man has the power to destroy himself and his planet; Depend upon it, he will — should he cease to love.”  — Unknown

Well, finally . . . it isn’t a matter of reason.  Finally, it’s a matter of love.  — Sir Thomas More

When you love someone, you love him as he is.  — High School Senior

To love the world to me’s no chore;  My big trouble’s the guy next door.  — Anonymous

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.  — George Eliot

Love is never lost.  If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.  — Washington Irving

We never live so intensely as when we live strongly.  We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others.  —  Unknown

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #271: Love. 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 #270: The Common Denominator of Success . . .

The Common Denominator of Success  . . .

Like most of us, I had been brought up on the popular belief that the secret of success is hard work, but I had seen many men work hard without succeeding and so many men succeed without working hard that I had become convinced that hard work was not the real secret even though in most cases it might be one of the requirements.

And I set out on a voyage of discovery which carried me through biographies and autobiographies and all sorts of dissertations on success and the lives of successful men until I finally reached a point at which I realized that the secret I was trying to discover lay not only in what men did, but also in what made them do it.

This common denominator of success is so big, so powerful, and so vitally important to your future and mine that I’m not going to make a speech about it.  I’m just going to “lay it on the line” in words of one syllable, so simple that everyone can understand them.

“The common denominator for success – the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”

The things that failures don’t like to do are the very things that you and I and other human beings, including successful men, naturally don’t like to do.  In other words, we’ve go to realize right from the start that success is something which is achieved by the minority of men, and therefore is unnatural and not to be achieved by following our natural likes and dislikes nor by being guided by our natural preferences and prejudices.

But if they don’t like to do these things, then why do they do them?  Because by doing the things they don’t like to do, they can accomplish the things they want to accomplish.  Successful individuals are influenced by the desire for pleasing results.  Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do.

Why are successful individuals able to do things they don’t like to do while failures are not?  Because successful individuals have a purpose strong enough to make them form the habits of doing things they don’t like to do in order to accomplish the purpose they want to accomplish.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #270: The Common Denominator of 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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