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Handout #345:: Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply

Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply

After reviewing my athletic career, spiced with five years experience of operating my own business, I can offer the following guidelines to achieving success in both sports and the business world, because the same principles apply.

First of all, you need to have both long-range goals and short-range goals.  In my case, the long-range goal was to play pro football.  But in order to do this, I had to have short-term goals such as increasing my agility, putting on weight, building strength, and being competitive enough to get a college scholarship.  In college, I had the same basic goals, along with the development of self-discipline and making my grades.  After attaining my goal of becoming a professional ball player, I set new goals – becoming an All-Pro and winning a Super Bowl.

The next ingredient in my formula for success is dedication.  This includes rigorous self-discipline, consistent hard work, and maintaining a strict routine.  With the right attitude of dedication, you can make every day profitable toward achieving the big goal.

Of course, to be successful, one must have good ability which is God-given.  Our creator designs each of us with specific talents, but then we have the choice to develop our potential or not.  A winner will choose to make the most of his assets and even over compensate for areas of weakness.

To be successful, one must have experience.  In my case, I played in five unsuccessful seasons with the Cowboys before finally starting to win.  Each losing season gave me some valuable experience which finally contributed to the winning seasons.

The final attribute I wish to list for that of a winner is self-confidence.  There is a saying, “A chain is as string as its weakest link.”  Lack of confidence could be the weak link in the chain, so one must believe in oneself in order to achieve success.  Self-confidence comes from learning your own strengths and weaknesses.  Through much experience in competing, one arrives at this knowledge.  Then one can build up weak areas and focus on the strong ones.

— Bob Lilly, NFL Defensive Tackle

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #345: Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply. 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 #344: Now Hear This . . .; Success: What is it?

Now Hear This . . .; Success:  What is it?

Everyday Success Pointers

  1. Can’t – means won’t try.
  2. Your mind is the place where all progress begins and ends.
  3. To every difficulty, there is a solution.
  4. To discover a weakness is the beginning of strength.
  5. Your goal becomes your potential worth.
  6. Whatever you focus your attention upon, you give strength to.
  7. Nothing is impossible for a willing mind.
  8. Genius is to take the complicated and make it simple.
  9. We can change our lives by merely changing our attitudes.
  10. To lose your fighting spirit is to lose all.
  11. If you meet someone without a smile – give him yours . . . It costs nothing but will pay rich dividends.
  12. Some people make things happen, some wait for things to happen – and then there are those who say . . . what happened?
  • This is the foundation of success.  In order to achieve success, work becomes your food, your breath, your entertainment and your life.  I like to keep in mind that the only place “Success” comes before work is in the dictionary.  Thomas E. Wilson.
  • The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do, without a thought of fame.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Success is a journey; rather than a destination.  It’s episodic.  Success is not money.  It’s doing something worthwhile.  And for me that means helping people.  I tell my son, that almost at any cost try to be your own person.  If you’re going into business, be willing to go into it three or four times.  I realize that many people aren’t able to change their situation because of family or financial reasons.  And maybe they are the heroes.  But we perhaps have more freedom than we exercise.  You have to decide what things bring you joy, not what other people expect you to enjoy.  Then try figuring a way you can repeat and enlarge those moments.  Nelson Boswell, Author.
  • Success is full of promise till men get it; and then it is a last-year’s nest from which the birds have flown.  Henry Ward Beecher
  • I think we have failed as human beings if we go through life undefeated.  How can we appreciate winning if we haven’t lost?  A guy has to win ’em all.  That’s what the are saying today.  I think that’s wrong.  How are you going to know how to be happy if you have never been sad?  Richard “Digger” Phelps – Notre Dame Head Basketball Coach

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If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy.

One of the most important ingredients in a recipe for speech making is plenty of shortening.

REPUTATION is precious, but CHARACTER is priceless.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #344: Now Hear This…; Success: What is it?. 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 #332: Momma Look at your Big Boy Now

Momma Look at your Big Boy Now

Came along this bouncing boy to dad’s delight, to my great joy.  So small and cuddly, with a little cute grin, fat and chubby with a double chin.

“A ball from me”, said dad, so proud, ‘A star of the future above the crowd.”

And I sat back with a sigh of bliss, and thanked the Lord for all of this.

Momma, look at your big boy now.

He grew so fast, my cute little tike, pulled his wagon and rode hid trike, played in the dirt and scratched his knees, slammed the doors and climbed in trees.

And at times I thought, above it all, this kid will drive me up the wall!

But he came to me streaming tears about his bumps and childhood fears, and sat upon my lap to rest, laid his head upon my breast, and looking angelic as he could do, he whispered, ‘Momma – I love you.”

And I thought to myself – while I held him in my arms, I love this boy with all his charms.

Momma, look at your big boy now.

Then came the day he left for school, the ABC’s and social rule, Will he be safe and keep himself neat?  Will he behave and have plenty to eat?

I will worry and frat as he leaves my side – but have faith he will grown and stay in stride.  He performed his tasks each and every day and even was the dragon in the kindergarten play.  With happiness and pride – it showed on my face,

Momma, look at your big boy now.

As the years went by so very fast, I came to know a change at last.  Through the door he would fly, to the cupboard with seeking eye.  “Mom, I’m hungry – what’s to eat,” floppin’ on the chair and proppin’ his feet.

Did you make your bed and cut the grass?  Clean the tub and shine the brass?

Ah, Mom – all the guys are playing ball, and I need the practice to beat ’em all.  Cause I’m going too make the team this year and be the tough guy they all fear.

You better do your chores and mind your biz or you’re going to find out who the tough guy is!

“Ah Mom” – and faster than the words were said, up the stairs, he hit the bed.  And with a feeling of abuse, I said to myself, what’s the use?

Momma, look at your big boy now!

Then came the drills, in the heat of August steam.  “Bye Mom – I’m going to make the team.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #332: Momma Look at your Big Boy Now. 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 #289: Promise Yourself

PROMISE YOURSELF

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something good in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
  • To be enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To were a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to time improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

– Optimist International

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DEDICATION – An ardent desire to improve… Eager and willing to put in extra effort, concentration on a skill or technique until perfected … diligently working to improve on weaknesses so that they eventually become the strongest assets … The joy of living comes from immersion in something that we know to be better, more enduring, and worthier than we are.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #289: Promise 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 #284: The Greatest Champions React to Defeat in a Positive Way Learning from Failure

The Greatest Champions React to Defeat in a Positive Way Learning from Failure

There are times when the ability to learn from failure is a great tactic.  Olympic Decathlon Champion Rafer Johnson develops the point:  ” The most enjoyment I had in the past was not always winning:  what gave me the biggest thrill was the way I reacted when I was beaten – what I thought about and how I came back from defeat.  To my mind, the great champions are the ones who are able to react to defeat in a positive way.  I’d much rather climb into the head of someone who’s lost and see what made that person come back to be a victor, than climb into the head of a winner.  You can probably learn more from the failures rather than the successes of others.  That somebody wins all the time does not necessarily mean they are successful.”

Fudoshim

Immovable Mind — It is a mind totally committed to facing any fate or circumstance life throws at you with calm composure.

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There is only the one purpose of the present moment.

To defeat the enemy who comes leaping at you, your spirit must be perfectly poised.

No matter what it is, there is nothing you cannot overcome.

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THE FOCUSED MIND CAN PEIRCE THROUGH STONE.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #284: The Greatest Champions React to Defeat in a Positive Way Learning from Failure.  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 #244: What Do You Want?; Circus Elephants and Limitation . . .; Reaching Out

What Do You Want?

I want opportunity – not “Security.”  I want the “Calculated Risk,” the Dream, the Vision to have ideas and Build.  I want the Right to Fail or Succeed, based on my own Ingenuity, Perseverance and Self–Reliance.

I will not trade my dignity for a handout, Cower before any threat, Bend to ant tyrant.

I want the “Challenge of Life“, not the “Guarantee of Existence.”  I want to stand Erect, Proud and Unafraid.  I want the Privilege To Think and Act for Myself and take whatever consequences that each may bring.

I want to enjoy the Benefits of my creation, to Face Life Head-On and say “THANKS” to those who have loved and died before me and made everything I have possible.

This is the Human Heritage.  It is the Way of Fulfillment.

— Unknown

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Circus Elephants and Limitations

An elephant, with his trunk, can easily pick up a one ton load.  Have you ever visited a circus and watched these huge creatures stand quietly while tied to a small wooden stake?

While still young and weak, an elephant is tied by a heavy chain to an immovable iron stake.  No matter how hard he tries, he cannot break the chain nor move the stake.  Then no matter how large or strong the elephant becomes, he continues to believe he cannot move as long as he can see the stake in the ground beside him.

Many intelligent adult humans are like the circus elephant.  They are restrained in thoughts, actions and results.  They never move out any further than the extent of their self-imposed limitations.

If this happens to you and your life . . .Resolve now to uproot the stakes that hold you  . . . Break the chains of hindering habit . . . Become the Man (the Person) You Know You Can Become and Should Become.

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Reaching Out

“If you have love for another, then all will know that you are my disciples.”  – Jesus, John 13:35.

“My brothers!  What good is it for someone to say, “I have faith, if his actions do not prove it?” – James 2:14

“freely you have received, freely give.” – Jesus, Matthew 10:8.

“No one should be looking out for his own interests, but for the interests of others.” – Paul

“We are not only our brother’s keeper; in countless large and small ways we are our brother’s maker.” – Unknown

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© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #244: What Do You Want?; Circus Elephants and Limitations. 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 #219: The Tough-Minded Optimist

The Tough-Minded Optimist

When you have what it takes to deal creatively with the harsh facts of human existence and still keep believing in good outcomes, you are a tough-minded optimist.  And in our book, that is a quality designation of anyone.

The word TOUGH really is quite a word.  And it doesn’t mean swaggering, sneering, or hard-boiled a la hoodlum.  Take a look at Webster’s definition:  it’s a masterpiece:

“TOUGH:  Having the quality of being strong or firm in texture, but flexible and not brittle, yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain without coming apart.”

To have resiliency under the application of force and not break apart, to have good substantial texture of personality, that is to be tough in its upper level meaning.

Since to get this way depends for the most part on how you think, whether with weakness or strength, timorousness or fearlessness, hesitancy or forthrightness; add toughness to your MA (mental attitude) and you’ve got a mixture that is something special, very special.  When you are tough-minded, you can endure strain and not break apart in your thoughts.  And that’s important too, for if you break in your thoughts you will indeed come apart.

But to endure and merely hold the line is not enough.  The psychiatrist who asserted that “the chief duty of man is to endure life” told only half the story, and the poorer half, at that.  To attack, to overcome, to achieve success, victory, to go forward is the better half of life’s story.  And so to the formula “Tough-Minded”, we add the upbeat word OPTIMIST.  Here again is a word that has taken on an inadequate connotation, for it is not a description of the super-cheery, the ultra-bright or the fortuitous.  It is rather to see the worst in complete realism, but still to believe in the best.  Again Webster:

OPTIMISM:  The doctrine that the goods of life overbalance the pain and evil of it, that life is preponderantly good.  The inclination to put the most favorable construction upon happenings, minimize adverse aspects, conditions and possibilities, or anticipate the best possible outcome; a cheerful and hopeful temperament.”

A “TOUGH-MINDED OPTIMIST” – then is one who doesn’t break apart in his thoughts whatever the stress and who continues hopefully and cheerfully to expect the good no matter what the apparent situation may be.

bcb    roger bacon – april, ’77

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When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.

You drift towards the rocks; you row towards success.

Education properly understood, is an invitation to greatness.

The right angle to approach any problem is the TRY ANGLE.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #219: The Tough-Minded Optimist. 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 #218: What it means to be Young . . .

What it means to be Young . . .

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means the predominance of courage over timidity, of adventure over the love of ease.  This often exists in a man of sixty more than in a boy of twenty.  Nobody grows old merely by a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.  Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair – these bow the heart and turn the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty of sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars and the starlike things, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what-next, and the joy of the game of living.

You are as young as your faith, as old os your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.  — Unknown

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  • To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
  • So long as enthusiasm lasts, so long is youth still with us.
  • Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.
  • FULFILLMENT – to fulfill the dreams of one’s youth; that is the best that can happen to a man.  No worldly success can take the place of that.
  • I shall grow old, but never lose life’s zest, Because the road’s last turn will be the best.

RB – BCB – 1981

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #218: What it means to be Young . . .. Leaders and Followers. 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 #165: The Essentials of a Great Athlete

 

The Essentials of a Great Athlete

By developing the following traits you will broaden your personality.  Apply them to athletics, apply them to your school, work, and apply then to your life situations after you leave school.  THEY WILL MAKE A BETTER MAN OF YOU.

DESIRE.

  1. 50% of a team’s success depends on your desire.
  2. It takes no skill to be aggressive.  The “hard-nosed” player with desire will get the job done.
  3. Desire plus Skill equals Greatness.

CONCENTRATION.

  1. After your religion, after your family, and after your schoolwork, FBALL should be uppermost in your mind.
  2. Football is a complex game.  Players need to be “smart.”

DETERMINATION.

  1. Set challenging goals and go all out to meet them.
  2. Be determined to overcome your weaknesses.
  3. Observe the teammate playing ahead of you; determine why he is playing ahead of you, then redouble your efforts to replace him.

OBEDIENCE.

  1. Don’t buck at criticism; it is meant to be constructive.
  2. Everyone is working toward a common goal – OUR team.
  3. Learn to follow instructions with a 100% plus effort.

RELIABILITY.

  1. This is a most desirable quality to cultivate.  It means being counted on at all times.
  2. A Roger Bacon tradition:  “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

CONFIDENCE.

  1. This is not the same thing as swell-headedness.
  2. It is the feeling that a great football player gets when he is in tip top physical condition, has a burning desire to win, and knows what needs to be done in every situation.

COOPERATION.

  1. Bury selfish interests for the interest of the team.
  2. Football is not designed to glorify any one person.  Of all activities, athletic and otherwise, football is the best example of teamwork in action.

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D – Be satisfied with a hazy knowledge of the rules.  Know what you can and cannot do.

O – Let any player be ahead of you in pouncing on the ball when there is a fumble.

N – Be easily discouraged.  Keep up your spirit.

‘ – Be an automatic player.  Master every principle.

T – Shirk your studies.  Earn the right to play every game.

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EXPERIENCE is a marvelous thing . . . It enable you to recognize a mistake . . . whenever you make it again.

GREATNESS – If the athlete has the desire to be great, he must be willing to pay the price to accomplish this goal.

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AFTER OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE MEN COLLIDE, THE MAN THAT REACTS THE QUICKEST AFTER INITIAL CONTACT, WILL USUALLY WIN THE BATTLE.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #165: The Essentials of a Great 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 #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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