I am very active in my community and volunteer my time to coaching youth sports, serving on various committees for the local Chamber of Commerce, The Boy Scouts and church activities.
One of my most rewarding interests is coaching my two young sons in youth sports in baseball, basketball, soccer and football. I believe that sports can provide the building blocks for a successful personal and professional life.
In my opinion sports are probably only 25% physical and 75% mental conditioning. It helps if you have speed, size and agility and athletic ability, but the most important quality is heart, which provides the key to compete and excel.
I have seen some seemingly average players accomplish some amazing things because they had the right attitude and heart. Wouldn’t we all like to have or work with individuals who had these same qualities?
Team sports provide some very good life lessons such as team work, overcoming adversity, unselfishness, responding to challenges, learning how to work toward a common goal, respect for themselves and the other players, stretching yourself beyond you limitations, recognizing and learning from mistakes, how to deal with failure, good communication, having a vision for the whole playing field and striving toward success. These traits can also serve us well in our professional lives.
An Olympic sprinter prepares his whole life to run a 10 second race, but in order to prepare for that 10 second race he/she trains for hundreds and hundreds of hours, just like keeping sharp at work through ongoing training in our chosen fields. I repeatedly tell my my players, if they want to be good at something, they have to put the time in.
It is amazing that at the beginning of the season you have a team of individualists, but with the right preparation and coaching, by the end of the season the team has been transformed into one highly functioning, cohesive unit.