Archive for March, 2011
Coach Stapler is a very colorful and quotable guy, just ask anyone who played for him. There are 4 main (2 odd things and 2 good things) things I remember playing for him.
1. When we got in trouble and he made us wear some tiny 1980's shorts against our rivals. These things were TINY and created incredible wedgies. Give the rival cheerleaders credit for busting out the "We wear short shorts chant".
2. Him asking me if I had been catching punts without my helmet again, after I fouled out in 2 minutes one game. It's hard to make the transition from knocking heads playing football to playing basketball. Plus that 2 minutes was just about the longest I played all year.
And the 2 that stick with me today.
1. You always look someone in the eye when they are talking. He would threaten to pop you in the nose with the ball if you weren't looking at him while he talked.
2. You always follow through.
That last one is the topic I want to discuss. Coach Stapler was talking about finishing your shot, going after the rebound, etc... What I am talking about is finishing what you start.
Have you ever started an exercise program and not followed through with it? A nutrition program? A promise? Paperwork? Home project? We all have!
That is one of the main reasons the boot camp is 4 weeks long. I would bet that if it was an option, many of my campers would quit after the first or second week. It's hard work, it is uncomfortable, it seems impossible to make it another day.
Something magical happens when you make it to the end though. You realize you can do this. You can follow through and be successful. Proving something to yourself is a huge confidence boost.
If you have been unsuccessful in the past, I would recommend signing up for something that makes you commit to more than just one workout. Because when you do follow through it is great for the mind, body, and soul. Set your goals, get a plan, and make sure you follow through.
What do all those words have in common? Besides sounding like an Al Sharpton speech with those last few -tion words, they are all synonyms of encouragement. The word encourage means to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope. Pretty cool word when you look at it that way.
I make it my mission to offer someone encouragement every day. You never know when that little boost (see list above) will be the thing that makes their day.
Encouraging somebody can be through words or actions, but it is so important to do. You've probably heard of the studies where a group of "problem" students is taught by a new teacher that thinks they are the high achieving students. Those "problem" students become the star students the teacher treats them like.
Encouragement works the same way. Think you can't do a 5K? Do it with someone who believes you can. I've personally done that with several people and all of them did, where before they thought there was no way. You're stronger than you think.
Maybe I'm a little loopy from quitting coffee, but why don't more people offer encouragement? Back to the Lent deal. If you can't give something up, try picking up a new GOOD habit. Be the encourager.
That is the absolute best part of my job. Is seeing people succeed where they used to fail. Overcoming and conquering things that have held them back for years. Not because I use some magical exercise tool (although burpees are close), it's because I offer sincere encouragement and a firm belief that they will succeed.
You can do that too. Encourage yourself, your kids, your significant other, your co-workers, your community. And just like anything else that you do for others, you will end up benefiting more than the person you helped.