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Handout #351: Are You a Minute Miser???

Are You a Minute Miser???

Once there was a man, who, in his lifetime:

  • finished college in less than three years;
  • studied law and was admitted to the bar at 24;
  • designed one of the nation’s leading universities and the capital building of his state;
  • originated the decimal system for US money;
  • introduced crop rotation and terracing to the United States;
  • seriously studied natural history, Latin, Greek, Italian, French, German, Anglo-Saxon, Mathematics, History, Geography, Civics, Economics, and Philosophy;
  • was a state legislator, governor, minister to France, Secretary of State, Vice-President, and President of the U.S.;
  • created the public school system in his state;
  • became president of a university;
  • established the U.S. Military Academy, designed uniforms;
  • wrote rules of parliamentary procedure for the Senate;
  • fought for the government that made the U.S. a democratic republic, not one ruled by aristocracy; and
  • designed, built his house, was father of six children.

Yet this man, THOMAS JEFFERSON, had in each of his days the same 24 hours we have in each of ours.

While we can’t plan to match Jefferson’s accomplishments, we do know there are ways of saving some of those 1,440 brand new minutes given us each day.  “Minute Misers” suggest studying our daily routine, questioning the use of our time.

For instance, we can save minutes by getting up when we open our eyes instead of lingering in bed.  Can we combine some of our morning routines?  Do we plan each day’s work?  Activities?  Do we seek to do “extra”?  Do we know what we want to accomplish?

Do we always have something to do when we get unexpected spare minutes, as when we are waiting for someone?

The experts tell us to chart our use of time for a week.  Those who have done this are surprised at the minutes they save.  We might be able to join the “minute misers” and add profitable hours to each day.

**WHERE WE STAND IS NOT HALF AS IMPORTANT AS THE DIRECTION WE ARE MOVING**

Roger Bacon Football – Bron Bacevich

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #351: Are You a Minute Miser???. 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 #340: 20 Ways to Avoid a Decision . . .; Dedication-Sacrifice-Desire

20 Ways to Avoid a Decision

  1. We tried that before.
  2. We’ve never done it that way before.
  3. I know a fellow who tried it.
  4. We’ve always done it this way.
  5. It’s too radical a change.
  6. We did all right without it.
  7. Our situation is different.
  8. We lack authority to change.
  9. We don’t have the time.
  10. Not enough help.
  11. It costs too much.
  12. It isn’t in the budget.
  13. We’re not ready for that.
  14. Let’s put it in writing.
  15. We should test it first.
  16. A committee should study it first.
  17. Let’s give it more thought.
  18. You’re right, but why now?
  19. Good thought but impractical.
  20. It can’t be done.

WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE???

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DEDICATION – SACRIFICE – DESIRE

He who won’t be denied will find a way.

It is no disgrace to fail, but to lie there and grunt is.

It is not he that enters upon any career, or starts in any race, he that runs well and perseveringly that gains the plaudits of others or the approval of his own conscience.

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.  That the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves, too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  — William H. Murray

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  • No horse gets anywhere till he is harnessed.  No stream ever drives anything until it is confined.  No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated and DISCIPLINED.
  • Athletic games/contests are generally won by the boys, the athletes with great desire.
  • It ain’t braggin’ if you’ve done it.
  • Everything cometh to him that waiteth, so long as he who waiteth worketh like hell while he waiteth.
  • I asked of life:  “What have you to offer me?”  And the answer came:  “What have you to give me?”
  • It is impossible to get a toehold on success by acting like a heal.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #340: 20 Ways to Avoid a Decision. 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 #334: Farewell Address – McArthur at West Point

Farewell Address – McArthur at West Point

Duty, Honor, Country:  Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.  They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn . . .

They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success:  not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge:  to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion of those who fall:  to master yourself before you seek to master others:  to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high, to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep:  to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past:  to be serious, yet never to take yourself too seriously:  to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness:  the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

They give you a temperate will, a quality of imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease.

They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life.

And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead?  Are they reliable?  Are they brave?  Are they capable of victory?

Their story is known to all of you.  It is the story of the American man at arms.  My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed, I regarded him then, and regard him now as one of the world’s best figures:  not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.

His name and frame are the birthright of every American citizen.  In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all he could give.  He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man.  He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast.

You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense.  From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nation’s destiny in their hands the moment the tocain sounds. . .   The shadows are lengthening for me.  The twilight is here.  My days of old have vanished–tone and tint.  They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were.  Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday.  I listen vainly, but with thirsty ear, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll…

Today marks my final roll call with you.  But I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thought will be of the corps, and the corps, and the corps.

I Bid You Farewell.

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Only the small at heart are ashamed of doing small things and filling small assignments. . .   The truly secure, self-confident person has no fear and shares a trait with history’s greatest leaders . . . HUMILITY

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #334: Farewell Address – McArthur at West Point. 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 #317: Success Plan

SUCCESS PLAN

1. CRYSTALIZE YOUR THINKING.  Determine what specific goal you want to achieve.  Then dedicate yourself to its achievement.

2.  DEVELOP A PLAN FOR ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL – AND A DEADLINE FOR ITS ACHIEVEMENT.  Plan your progress carefully; hour by hour, day by day, month by month.  Be organized – Be enthusiastic:  These are the well – springs of your power.

3.  DEVELOP A SINCERE DESIRE FOR THE THINGS YOU WANT IN LIFE.  A “blow-torch” burning desire is the greatest motivator of every human action.  The desire for success implants “success consciousness” which, in turn, creates vigorous and ever increasing “habits of success”.

4.  DEVELOP SUPREME CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR OWN ABILITIES.  Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat.  Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses . . . on your powers, instead of your problems.

5.  DEVELOP A DOGGED DETERMINATION TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON YOUR PLAN – REGARDLESS OF OBSTACLES – CRITICISMS OR CIRCUMSTANCES – OR WHAT OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT SAY-THINK-OR-DO.  Construct your determination with sustained effort, controlled attention, and concentrated energy . . .OPPORTUNITIES never come to those who wait . . . They are captured by those who dare to ATTACK.  THE SECRET OF OUTSTANDING SUCCESS lies in Personal Motivation and Confidence.

  • PERSONAL MOTIVATION.  Means the development of inner strength, conscious will power, and the determination to reach any goal that you, personally, want to achieve.
    • It’s a proven fact that this ability isn’t inherited.  Obviously, the power, the capacity, the developed skill to achieve outstanding success must come from within people themselves.  It’s the same quality that you possess to a greater or lesser degree right now, at this very moment.
    • SO – if you want to change your wishes into facts, your dreams into realities, your desires into solid achievement, the all important answer is PERSONAL MOTIVATION.
  • CONFIDENCE – comes from experience . . . Experience comes from know-how . . . Know-how comes from having the courage to submit yourself to obstacles, situations, and circumstances that the average person shies away from.  People who lack confidence, who are not goal oriented, stand on the sidelines as passive bystanders.
    • CONFIDENCE stimulates your creative imagination.  No matter what you undertake, you will never do it until you think you can.  The primary element at the beginning of any enterprise – the one factor which will guarantee its success – is CONFIDENCE THAT IT CAN BE DONE!!!

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HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS is like a butterfly which, when pursued, stays always just beyond your grasp – but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

HAPPY is the man who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, what to plan for the future.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #317: Success Plan. 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 #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 #261: Competition is a Fact of Life . . .

Well this is post #261.  This means that I have posted five years worth of Bron’s inspirational messages and am starting year 6 today.  Thank you to all of you who have been with me over the years as well as those who are just joining us now.  I am hopeful that you get as much out of these weekly messages as the enjoyment I get from preparing and spreading the Coach’s messages.  I feel privileged to be able to continue communicating the motivational words that my Grandfather started.  Almost on a daily basis I meet someone who somehow has been impacted by the Coach or by his motivational messages.  May the good Lord continue to shower you with his blessings!  Thank you for a great five years together, Mike Bacevich

Competition is a Fact of Life . . .

Managers or executives who aren’t ambitious aren’t worth their salt – they probably shouldn’t be leaders in the first place.  But people who are overly ambitious, or ambitious in the wrong way, not only hurt their own chances, they may ruin their health as well.

When we are so dominated by personal ambition that we fail to recognize the equally justified ambitions of others, we lose our perspective.  If our ambition is greater than our ability, we also be victims of constant and frustration.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get ahead.  Competition is a fact of life.  people who lose even a part of their inner drive always run the risk of falling by the wayside.

But a human desire to succeed is one thing; preoccupation with personal ambition that keeps us constantly wound up, frustrated, and fretting about our future prospects, is another.  Carried to an extreme, it’s a big stumbling block to our continued progress, not to mention our piece of mind.

Smart people soon learn that the most effective way to be ambitious is to be ambitious, not for ourselves, but for our organization. After all, isn’t that what were paid for?  The more successful we are in realizing these ambitions, the more obviously valuable our services will be.

Being ambitious for the company is the best way, by far, for leaders to show their talents.  If greater rewards and advancement are possible, this is the way to get them – not by resorting to politics or internal feuding.

Emotionally well-balanced executives don’t stay awake nights worrying whether someone else is getting ahead faster, has a bigger office, more authority, or is being payed more.  They know that envying the success of others will get them nothing, except, perhaps, a painful hole in the lining of their stomachs.  They simply concentrate on doing the best job they can, letting the chips and rewards fall where they may.

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OPTIMISM is a great thing.  We need more of it in this sorry world.  But this doesn’t mean that we should blind ourselves to reality.  We need to maintain an optimistic outlook while at the same time constantly examining it to make sure we’re not wearing blinders.

It’s like the story of the prominent executive who had asserted that he was very optimistic about the future of his business.

“Why, then,” he was asked, “do you have such a worried look on your face?”

“When you are optimistic,” replied the businessman, “it always pays to worry about your optimism.”

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ANDREW CARNEGIE was once asked what he considered the most important in industry:  labor, capital or brains.  With a laugh Carnegie replied, “Which is the most important of a 3-legged stool?”

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WALTER GIFFORD, former president of AT&T, was a small town boy who went to work in a big city.  A few months after he first left home, he received a promotion.  Elated, he wrote his father, a New England Yankee who had wanted the boy to stay home.  His father wrote back:  “Any damn fool can make a success in a corporation.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #261: Competition is a Fact of Life . . . . 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 #255: Follow Through: Key to Success

Follow Through:  Key to Success

ATTITUDE TECHNIQUE

  1. Make a Commitment.  This is where goal-setting from the realistic perspective begins, and causes each person, and group or team to focus on exactly what is desired.
  2. Set a Target Date.  How many times we all have said we are intending to do something and that we will get around to it sooner or later?  The setting of a target date to achieve each commitment is basic, forcing each of us to move in the right direction.
  3. Assemble the Ingredients.  Each project involves knowledge, people, resources, and other items necessary for success.
  4. Give of Yourself.  This is the most difficult and least understood of the seven steps.  Sacrificial giving is fundamental to the success of any unit of people, and is required in the Attitude Technique.
  5. Visualize Yourself Successful.  Time must actually be set aside to sit quietly and see with imagination exactly what we want to happen.  This technique has been proven repeatedly to be crucial to great success.
  6. BELIEVE that What You are Doing Will Succeed.  When Christ himself was asked by people to be healed, he very often asked them what they thought about it.  The response was, “I believe you can heal me.”  Only then did he tell the cripple to stand up and walk, and his statement was, “Your belief has made you well.”
  7. Expect the Continuation of Positive Results.  Step No. 7 has to be earned by a great deal of working on steps 1-6.  Repeated success brings about the expectation that it will continue, and no one has ever been on a great team or organization that did not expect to win every single game or challenge.
  8. When a group of people come together with a common cause and are willing to give sacrificially over a long period of time, the inevitable result is the birth of a FAMILY.  Our definition of a family is a group of people who perform greater than the apparent ability of its common parts.

When the family begins to emerge, groups begin to rely upon the greatest motivator of all, that is LOVE for one another.

It is important to begin with a proper perspective, and one’s perspective can be either optimistic … pessimistic … or realistic.

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CHARACTER – To me, character, is being able to say “yes” or “No” to the right and wrong things.

©{BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #255: Follow Through: Key to 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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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 #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.”

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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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Handout #214: Leaders and Followers

Leaders and Followers

The following passages are taken from a speech given by Vince Lombardi to the American management Association, as reprinted in the February 25, Sporting News:

“This is an age for heroes.  The test of the century is whether we mistake the growth of wealth and power for the growth of strength and character.  We’ve weakened discipline and respect for authority and let freedom of the individual predominate.  It is imperative for a leader to realize that he does exist in the abstract.  He is judged on what he does in a specific situation, and upon what others do to obtain the results that he seeks.”

“It is the obligation of people who are in authority . . . people with leadership ability . . . to see that we are awakened once more to the need to develop a strong interest in competitive spirit.  Those who are in authority fail in that pursuit unless they preserve what has been an American goal . . . to win and to be first in whatever we do.  It takes mental toughness, Spratanism, love, loyalty, teamwork, respect for the dignity of the individual and charity along with humility.”

“We also need followers who will accept authority.  In our search for individual freedom, in struggling to liberate ourselves from ancient creeds, we sometimes have idealized freedom against order.  It has been the new against the old, and, by reducing authority, we have lost discipline.  Thus the freedom . . . too much freedom . . . has had an adverse effect.”

LEADERSHIP

  1. The way the leader looks speaks louder than what he says in many instances.
  2. There ultimately must be action and accomplishment – he must do something.
  3. There is no substitute for work.
  4. He must have cold analytical and appraisal talent – he must know other human talents – he must know other people’s abilities and shortcomings.
  5. He must dismiss all emotionalism and consider it only in the light of what it can do for him.  It is a tool, not a master.

DOING YOUR JOB.  If you want to not only be successful, but personally, happily, and permanently successful, then do your job in a way that puts lights in people’s faces.  Do that job in such a way that, even when you are out of sight, folks will always know which way you went by the lamps left behind.

Roger Bacon Football – Bron Bacevich

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #214: 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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