It’s early August and the new school year is just around the corner. The beginning of the school year is always an exciting yet anxious time. Everyone has new goals and expectations for what the new year holds. This week we’ll discuss four keys to help teachers and student athletes have the most successful year yet.
The first key is to have a vision. Whether it’s in school, sports, or life; having a vision will provide the blueprint for success. We have to know what it is that we want. We have to decide if it’s worth pursuing and what we’ll have to do to get it. Having a vision provides a picture of what the goal looks like. Without it, we’re lost and it’s easy to lose focus and direction. Once the vision is in place we can’t compromise on what it takes to accomplish it. Let’s use Rocky as an example. Sylvester Stallone, who wrote, acted, and directed in the Rocky films, was literally broke. Before he sold the Rocky screenplay he sold his beloved dog outside a Seven Eleven in order to make ends meet. After writing Rocky, producers offered Stallone $125,000 for the movie but told him he couldn’t act in it. He turned them down. The producers came back later and offered $325, 000 but still told him he couldn’t act in it. He turned them down. Eventually the producers agreed to let him act in the film but only paid $135,000. Stallone accepted and then went and got his dog back. The rest is history. The Rocky series has made over $1.1 billion worldwide. Sylvester Stallone had a vision. He didn’t compromise on it. The lesson to take away is to know what you want, work hard to get it, don’t take no for an answer, and never compromise on your dreams. That’s what vision is.
The second key is to have values. We have to know what we value in order to succeed. Do the people we hang out match our values? Does what we read, watch, and listen to match our values? We can’t talk the talk and then not walk the walk. Too many people claim to be about hard work and success, but then get caught up in the crowd. If we truly want to make it the best year yet, if we really want to take it to another level, we can only read, watch, associate with, and listen to the things that match the value system. It’s like the old proverb says, “If you lie with the dogs, you’ll get fleas.” As our first president said, “It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.”
The third key is to have resolve. Too many people wish for it to happen instead of working hard in order to make it happen. Our backbone has to be stronger than our wishbone. Sadly, this isn’t true for most people. That’s why success is uncommon and to be enjoyed by the uncommon person. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. This isn’t Staples; there is no easy button to push in real life. We must never quit and never give up. We can’t and shouldn’t expect others to do it for us. Don’t wait for and expect handouts. Losers do that. We must have faith, work hard, and go out and get what’s ours.
Lastly, the fourth key is to have belief. It all starts with belief. If we don’t believe in ourselves, no one will. If we want it to happen, we have to make it happen. We have to will it to happen. We have to rise and grind. That’s means making no excuses and having no explanations. If it doesn’t work out, it’s not the teacher, coach, player, or principal’s fault. We have to believe we have it what it takes within us to make it happen. We must believe that we can get it done without the crutch of others. It’s a requirement to put work in the morning and evening. Lastly, we have to show up. I’m not talking about just having a physical presence in the classroom or court. I’m talking about showing up ready to work hard while believing that nothing or no one can stop us.
We all have the ability to achieve our goals. In order to do so we must follow the four basic steps outlined above. If we do, we’re sure to have a great school year in and out of the classroom.
Believe and achieve.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!