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Honesty

Handout #308: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

We thank thee, Father, for the care that did not come to try us; the burden that we did not bear,

The trouble that passed by us; the task that we did not fail to do, the hurt we did not cherish;

The friend who did not prove untrue, the joy that did not perish.

We thank thee for the blinding storm that did not lose its swelling; and for the sudden blight of harm that came not nigh our dwelling.

We thank the for the dart unshed, the bitter word unspoken, the grave unmade, the tear unshed, the heart-tie still unbroken.

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Thanks Be To God

I do not thank thee, Lord, that I have bread to eat while others starve; nor yet for work to do while empty hands solicit Heaven; nor for a body strong while other bodies flatten beds of pain, No, not for these do I give thanks.

But I am grateful, Lord, because my meager loaf I may divide; For that my busy hands may move to meet another’s need; because my doubled strength I may expend to steady one who faints.  Yes, for all these do I give thanks.

For heart to share, desire to bear and will to lift, flamed into one by deathless Love – Thanks be to God for this! Unspeakable! His gift.  — Jane Alford

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The Goal . . .

All roads that lead to God our good;

What matters it, your faith or mine;

Both center at teh goal divine of love’s eternal brotherhood.

A thousand creeds have come and gone;

But what is that to you or me?

Creeds are but branches of a tree,

the root of love lives on and on.

Though branch by branch proves withered wood,

The root is warm . . . with precious wine;

Then keep your faith, and leave me mine;

All roads that lead to God are good.  — Ella Wheeler Wincox

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God’s Altar . . .

There is in all the sons of men a love that in the spirit dwells,

That panteth after things unseen, and tidings of the future tells.

And God hath built his altar here to keep this fire of faith alive,

And sent his priests in holy fear to speak the truth – for truth to strive.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wasting Time

Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours each set with sixty diamond minutes.  No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.

The biggest sin in life is wasting time.

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What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue, flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;

God hath not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way,

Grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love.

— Annie Johnson Flint

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #308: Thanksgiving. 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 #303: Children: Teaching and Learning: What Works 1

Children: Teaching and Learning: What Works 1

CURRICULUM OF THE HOME – Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.  What parents do to help their children learn is more important to academic success than how well-off the family is.

READING TO CHILDREN – The best way for parents to help their children become better readers is to read to them – even when they are very young. Children benefit most from reading aloud when they discuss stories, learn to identify letters and words, and talk about the meaning of words.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING – A good foundation in speaking and listening helps children become better readers IDEALS … Belief in the value of hard work, the importance of personal responsibility, and the importance of education itself contributes to greater success in school.

IDEALS – Belief in the idea of hard work, the importance of personal responsibility, and the importance of education itself contributes to greater success in school.

PHONICS – Children get a better start in reading if they are taught phonics. Learning phonics helps them to understand the relationship between letters and sounds and to “break the code” that links the words they hear with the words they see in print.

STORYTELLING – Telling young children stories can motivate them to read. Storytelling also introduces them to cultural values and literacy traditions before they can read, write, and talk about short stories by themselves. STUDENT ABILITY AND

EFFORT – Children’s understanding of the relationship between being smart and hard work changes as they grow.

INDEPENDENT READING – Children improve their reading ability by reading a lot. Reading achievement is directly related to the amount of reading children do in school and outside. COUNTING – A good way to teach children simple arithmetic is to build on their informal knowledge. This is why learning to count everyday objects is an effective basis for early arithmetic lessons.

GETTING PARENTS INVOLVED – Parental involvement helps children learn more effectively. Teachers who are successful at involving parents in their children’s schoolwork are successful because they work at it. READING COMPREHENSION – Children get more out of a reading assignment when the teacher precedes the lesson with background information and follows it with discussion.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS – Children learn science best when they are able to do the experiments, so they can witness “science in action.”

ESTIMATING – Although students need to know how to find the exact answers to arithmetic problems, good math students also learn helpful skills of estimating answers. This skill can be taught.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #303: Children: Teaching and Learning: What Works 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 #278: Making/Winning Friends and Influencing People

Making/Winning Friends and Influencing People

Become a Friendlier Person

  1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
  2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
  3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
  4. Become genuinely interested in the other person.
  5. SMILE!!!
  6. Remember that a person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  7. Be a good listener.  Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  8. Talk in terms of other people’s interests.
  9. Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely.

Win People to Your Way of Thinking

  1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  2. Show respect for the other person’s opinions.  Never tell a person he or she is wrong.
  3. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  4. Begin in a friendly way.
  5. Get the other person saying “Yes, Yes” immediately.
  6. Let the other person do a great deal of talking.
  7. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
  8. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
  9. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
  10. Appeal to the nobler motives.
  11. Dramatize your ideas, throw down a challenge.

Be a Leader . . . .

  1. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  2. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
  3. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
  4. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
  5. Let the other person save face.
  6. Praise the slightest improvement and praise your improvement.  Be “heartly in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
  7. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
  8. Use encouragement.  Make the fault seem easy to correct.
  9. Make the other person happy doing the thing you suggest.

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Team Play . . .

“T-E-A-M” has to be one of the most trenchant words in the language.  It’s so meaningful, in fact, that our politicians, business people, and advertising hucksters have made a cliche’ out of it.

What is every athlete’s most treasured memory that he caries with him all his life?  It is his team experience:  the guys he played with, the give and take in the locker room, sharing the elation of winning and the heartache of losing.

That’s where the real lessons of sport are learned:  learning to live and play with a lot of different guys, not liking a guy, but playing with him; sacrificing for the team; putting the team ahead of everything else.

How Do You Play With The Team?

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #278: Making/Winning Friends and Influencing People. 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 #246: The Art of Being Yourself

The Art of Being Yourself

The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be.  A famous biologist has said that the possibility of even identical twins being wholly alike is one chance to all of the electrons in the world; each man is a unique individual being.

By the grace of God you are what you are.  Glory in your selfhood.  Accept yourself and go from there.

A good place to begin is by having faith in yourself and your destiny.  “Trust yourself,” wrote Emerson, “every heart vibrates to that iron string.”

Champion the right to be yourself.  Dare to be different and to set your own pattern.  Live your own life and follow your own star.

Respect yourself.  You have the right to be here and you have important work to do.

Don’t stand in your own shadow.  Get your little self out of the way so your big self can stride forward.

Make the most out of yourself by fanning the tiny spark of possibility within you into the flame of achievement.

Follow the advice of Socrates:  “Know Thyself.”  Know your strengths and your weaknesses; your relation to the universe; your potentialities; your spiritual heritage; your aims and purpose; take stock of yourself.

Create the kind of self you will be happy to live with all your life.

Consider the words of the hew convert who prayed:  “Oh, Lord, help me to reform the world–beginning with me.”

Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.  — Wilfred A. Peterson

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #246: The Art of Being Yourself. 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 #163: Obligations of an Athlete

 

Obligations of an Athlete

(Roger Bacon Greatest Ever Varsity Football Season . . . Message #12)

Whether or not an athlete realizes it, there is a certain code which he is expected to follow.  He has obligations to his community, neighborhood, parish, school, coaches and teammates.

Because he lives in the limelight, it is possible for an athlete to overemphasize his importance.  If so, he is missing out on the greatest joy a performer can have in later life when he looks back upon his scholastic sports career.

The thing that will stand out in his adult life is the memory that he lived according to the code.  Athletes have definitive responsibilities.  The spotlight that shines their way will point out whether they actually have what it takes as young men, as well as performers on the field.

Since they become well known due to playing before crowds, athletes are watched more closely by the general public than most youths.  This is the responsibility they must accept.  If they are to receive adulation from spectators, they must measure up to the opinions of those people.  An athlete’s actions will govern the respect that comes his way.

Observance of training rules is imperative.  He will not fool people long if he does not do things a clean cut young man should be doing.  If he drinks/smokes, it will not remain a secret.  If he stays out after hours, the public will soon learn of his infractions.

In violating good training, an athlete harms himself physically and courts contempt that will cause distrust throughout later life.  No one wants to employ a cheat, and everyone soon learns about those who cheat on training rules.

Team spirit is another quality a winning athlete must possess.  He must be ready to inspire his teammates, followers and his fellow students.  The loafer, no matter how talented he may be, is soon pegged and this is something that is hard to remove once the reputation is attached.  The boy who loafs, gets by as easily as possible, and lives in a shell, is doomed to disappointment when he confronts the business world.

LOYALTY and dependability go hand in hand.  A boy who is loyal to those with whom he associates is also dependable, because in his loyal nature is the quality which will make him carry his load, or even a bit more.

Slowly as the years may seem to pass while an individual is going through school, the time is short.  The athlete soon becomes another citizen who must carry his load in society.  If he has shirked his job as an athlete, if he has let down his teammates by not training or if he lacks loyalty and dependability, he will find out that his road out in the real world will be more difficult.

The bad habits he acquired as a youngster will stay with him and grow worse.  Also, the bad name he received for breaking faith will follow him.

A wise boy will live according to the code when he is performing his athletic tasks.  He will find that game in and game out he can do a better job.  Since perfection in performance is the goal everyone seeks, he will find that self-satisfaction and pleasure will be his reward because he has lived according to the rules.  He will pass the non-trainer in a hundred ways, and when he is finished, he will find that his pleasure has been much greater than that of those athletes who did not live up the requirements of clean, decent living.

Success is never an accident.  Our past football accomplishments have been achieved because we have had enough boys who had the pride and desire to live and play by the code – Boys who were willing to make sacrifices for the good of the team.  This then is your heritage.  The only way you can repay them is to do your part in perpetuating this tradition – by living and playing according to the code – by providing this type of leadership for the younger boys and those who will be coming up through the ranks.

Bron Bacevich – Roger Bacon

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #163: Obligations of an Athlete.   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 #115: Most Desirable Personal Qualities

MOST DESIRASBLE PERSONAL QUALITIES

  • “Integrity is the one single trait which young people today should strive hardest to develop.”  – Very Rev. T. M. Hesburgh
  • “We would say the sense of personal worth and responsibility to self and others as a child of God.” – Father Alan
  • “Young people today should strive to develop poise.” – O. J. Simpson
  • “I would say that one of the most important character traits our young people should strive to develop is a sense of dedication and responsibility for improving mankind. This involves intelligent effort to understand and help resolve local, state, national, and international problems.” – Fulton Sheen
  • “I would say that the one single trait that young people should strive hardest to develop is attitude toward other people. They must learn to work with others, learn from others and accept constructive criticism from others. Since the high school and college years and the first few years after graduation from college are extremely formative years, a young person should be all eyes and ears. The foundations he builds from the experiences of these years can well determine the degree of success he will achieve in his chosen career.” – Miss Mary Lang
  • “Learn to say ‘Thanks’ … to all of those who help you along the way … A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer.” – Henry Waad Beecher
  • “Always tell the truth and always strive to be a gentleman.” – Hon. James A Farley
  • “If you are looking for a single rule, may I recommend the Golden Rule as one of the greatest contributions to civilization ever devised.” – Hon. Mayor Berry
  • “I suppose that I am naturally influenced by the personality of Pope John in making my selection of the most needed character trait today; but I would say that it is a sympathetic understanding of the needs of others. I believe it was this trait that endeared Pope John to people of all races and creeds.”  – Father John
  • “The one single personal quality young people should develop is ‘honesty with self’.” – Dan Jenkins.
  • “… Integrity, consideration of others, and responsibility.” – Cafeteria Ladies
  • “More than anything else, I think young people today should strive to develop courage. Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.” – Winston Churchill
  • “There are many who want me to tell them of secret ways of becoming perfect and I can only tell them that the sole secret is a hearty love of God, and the only way of attaining that love is by learning to love man.” – St. Francis De Sales

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #115: Most Desireable Personal Qualities.  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 #100: Just Tell Him Now; From the Camp of the Beaten

 

JUST TELL HIM NOW!

If with pleasure you are viewing any work a man is doing.

If you like him or you love him, tell him now:

Don’t withhold your approbation will the parson makes oration,

And he lies with snowy lilies o’er his brow;

For no matter how you shout it, he won’t really care about it,

He won’t know how many teardrops you have shed.

If you think some praise is due him.

Now’s the time to slip it to him.

For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.

More than fame and more than money.      

Is the comment, kind and sunny, And the hearty, warm approval of a friend;

For it gives to life a savor, makes you richer, stronger, braver –

Gives you heart and hope and courage to the end.

If he earns your praise, bestow it;

If you like him, let him know it;

Let the word of true encouragement be said.

Do not wait till life is over and he’s underneath the clover.

For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.

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  • You can’t hoot with the owls at night and fly with the eagles during the day.
  • There is only one method of meeting life’s test: Just keep on a-striving and hope for the best.
  • The person who gets ahead is the one who does more than is necessary and keeps on doing it.

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FROM THE CAMP OF THE BEATEN  by Grantland Rice

I have learned something well worth while

That victory could not bring

To wipe the blood from my mouth and smile

Where none can see the sting

I can walk, head up, while my heart is down

From the beating that brought its good,

And that means more than the champion’s crown

Who is taking the easier road.

 

I have learned something worth far more

Than victory brings to men;

battered and beaten, bruised and sore.

I can still come back again;

Crowded back in the hard, tough race,

I’ve found that I have the heart

To look raw failure in the face

And train for another start.

 

Winners who wear the victor’s wreath

Looking for softer ways.

Watch for my blade as it leaves the sheath.

Sharpened on rougher days,

Trained upon pain and punishment,

I’ve groped my way through the night,

But the flag still files from my battle tent

And I’ve only begun to fight

 

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COMMANDMENT

Be Unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others.

A saint is one who makes goodness attractive. Charles W. Eliot

God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #100: Just Tell Him Now; From the Camp of the Beaten.  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 #62: The Man in the Looking Glass; Leadership

 

THE MAN IN THE LOOKING GLASS

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to a mirror and look at yourself

And see what THAT man has to say.

 

For it isn’t your father, mother or wife

Whose judgement 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 the 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 get 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!

– unknown

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LEADERSHIP

 

A careful man I want to be – A little fellow follows me,

I do not care to go astray For fear he’ll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes – Whatever he sees me do he tries.

Like me he says he’s gonna be – That little chap that follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine – Believes in every word of mine.

The bad in me he must not see – My life to him must an example be.

I must remember as I go – Through summer sun and winter snow,

That I’m building for the years to be – For that little chap that follows me.

– unknown

 

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:   Handout #62: The Man in the Looking Glass; Leadership

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 #39: Living at its Best

LIVING AT IT’S BEST…

  • So long as enthusiasm lasts, so long is youth still with us. – David Starr Jordan
  • No one can be wrong with man and right with God. – Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • Youth is the time for the adventure of the body, but age for the triumphs of the mind. – Logan Pearsall Smith
  • “Beauty is truth, truth Beauty,” – That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – John Keats
  • The farther a man knows himself to be from perfection, the nearer he is to it. – Gerard Groute
  • Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. – George MacDonald
  • Silences make the real conversations between friends.  Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. – Margaret Lee Runbeck

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WHICH ARE YOU?

A little more kindness; A little less speed.

A little more giving; A little less greed.

A little more smile; A little less frown.

A little less kicking; A man while he’s down.

A little more “We;” A little less “I.”

A little more laugh; A little less cry.

A little more flowers on the pathway of life,

And fewer on graves at the end of the strife.

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GOODNESS …

  • Be not simply good; be good for something.
  • Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of Heaven.
  • Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
  • GOD has put something noble and good into every heart which he has created.
  • A Saint is one who makes goodness attractive.

©  {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #39: Living at its Best; Which are You; Goodness

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 #38: Rules for a Perfect Day

 

RULES FOR A PERFECT DAY

  • JUST FOR TODAY I will try to strengthen my mind by reading something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
  • JUST FOR TODAY I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out.
  • JUST FOR TODAY I will do a task that needs to be done but which I have been putting off.  I will do it as an exercise in will-power.
  • JUST FOR TODAY I will dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise and criticize not one bit nor find fault with anything.
  • JUST FOR TODAY I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax.  In this half hour sometime I will think of GOD so as to get a little more perspective in my life.
  • JUST FOR TODAY I will be unafraid.  Especially, I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love and to believe that those I love, love me.

– Author Unknown

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I RESOLVE

  • TO strive to contribute something to the world, its work and the people in it.
  • TO spend and be spent in worthy service.
  • TO adhere, the best I can, to the Golden Rule.
  • TO philosophize more, recalling always, when things go awry, “This, too, will pass.”
  • TO try always to see viewpoints other than my own.
  • TO make humility and simplicity so much a part of myself that I shall become as a child, as one of those of whom the Master declared, “For of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”

– B. C. FORBES

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One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour.  Write it in your heart that every day is the best day of the year. — RALPH WALDO EMERSON

– Roger Bacon Football

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #38: Rules for a Perfect Day

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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