It’s not too late to make a back-to-school resolution. Even though I’m not a coach, I’ve followed Positive Coaching Alliance for quite awhile now. I love the site for its positive orientation and great slogan: “Transforming Youth Sports So Sports Can Transform Youth.” Positive Coaching Alliance has great tips and tools for coaches, sports parents, athletes, and youth sports leaders.
In the September 8 Positive Coaching Alliance Connector newsletter, there was an interesting article called “What Is Your Back-to-School Resolution?” In the article, David Jacobson says:
Reading advance copy from Jim Thompson’s upcoming book for high school athletes — Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact CompetitorTM — which emphasizes the importance of having a “teachable spirit,” I personally am inspired to add to my coaching education.
Writes Jim: “Someone with a Teachable Spirit is a sponge. A sponge seems like a lowly thing, but what gives sponges a form of nobility is how they soak stuff up and grow in the process. Triple-Impact Competitors are sponge-like, ever hungry to learn, constantly on the lookout for ideas, tools, inspirational quotes, anything that will make them better.”
To have a “teachable spirit” would be a great back-to-school resolution for an athlete. Jacobson gives his back-to-school resolution at the Youth Sports Spotlight.
Even though my skaters have already graduated from college and aren’t skating competitively, I like to think of the beginning of the school year as a great time for new resolutions for anyone.
It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.
– Vince Lombardi
My back-to-school resolution is to follow renowned football coach Vince Lombardi’s advice and persevere with developing my blogs and writing projects even if there are obstacles. And I always want to have a “teachable spirit.”
What is your back-to-school resolution?
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