How to start

Hello to you!

First of all, the quote this week is a question-and-answer with famed football coach Lou Holtz. He is a role model for motivation – the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings.

Interviewer to Holtz: How do you motivate a football player?
Holtz: Well, first you start with a motivated football player.

Makes you smile doesn’t it? I think it’s kind of deceptively simple.  But it reminded me of the idea of being coachable.

Weekly Snippet
The quote brought back a memory of when my son Eric first started playing basketball – he was about 10 years old, I think. Eric was a little rusty with his ball skills, and he was new on the team and didn’t know the other kids. But his coach told me Eric would be fine if he decided to be coachable -- instead of being satisfied with catching a ball thrown directly to him -- to respond to the coaching direction and leap forward in order to learn how to anticipate and snag a pass thrown out of reach.

Eric was following in his sister Cristina’s footsteps – she started playing basketball before he did – they both ended up learning to play with intensity. Seems pretty simple: if you’re motivated, then you’re more open to coaching. I’m going to try to live that this week and see what happens!  Next week’s blog is still a little all-over-the-place so maybe a fresh spirit of openness will help.

Here’s to a great week ahead!