One of my old players came back to Star City this week as a Head Coach in a neighboring district. There is nothing that makes me more proud than seeing an old SC Bulldog having success. After reflecting on our time together, and having great thoughts about how he became successful… he taught me a lot! Here are my thoughts, hope they help you!
As a player, this particular student athlete always taught me about perseverance and toughness. No matter what challenges he faced or how frustrated he became, he wouldn’t quit. He faced a lot of obstacles as student-athlete and as a young man, but he always modeled ownership, perseverance, and a positive “can do” attitude. He never gave up.
We live in a world where sometimes we are quick to judge or give up. What a blessing to have a player model that skill for our team and our coaches every day. I can’t stress enough that having a positive attitude is critical to success, but as we all know, that alone does not always lead to a positive outcome (I’m an Energy Bus Guy). Remember, “A positive something is better than a negative anything.” In athletics, life, and education, the reality still remains that often we do not get the desired outcome immediately.
As a leader, I have seen this scenario play out too many times: A leader, teacher, student, or athlete has the right attitude and skills, but has not developed the ability or lacks the willingness to persevere through difficult situations- Yet. Perseverance is a skill that can be learned by anyone!
We may not always succeed, but we know success requires faith, a positive attitude, perseverance, and hard work. As the new year arrives, each of us must create a positive vision & commit to develop our own perseverance. We must model and teach our students how to PERSEVERE before they graduate!
Although we may not receive the immediate results our society demands, we can feel good about our efforts and learn to persevere through the tough times. Ultimately our faith, positive vision, and perseverance (added in) will produce positive results. Tough times don’t last, tough people do.