What you haven’t learned from ‘Moneyball’…

Starting From… The Beginnings?

 

You see, my background is an odd one… athlete, nerd, coach, analyst, multiple time entrepreneur, teacher, college instructor, program director…

And in each of these roles, I got to apply my education…

My undergraduate focused on history, philosophy, religion, and my masters work focused on finance and economics.

During my decades of working with athletes, students, colleagues, and clients, I have learned that while the application of priciples may change, and our technology changes…

There are timeless life lessons that simply stand the test of time.

Principles.

Foundational principles.

Wisdom.

Life lessons passed down through the ages…

Written word passed on in ancient manuscripts, texts, codices…

Spoken word passed on through bards, clergy, shaman, prophets, philosophers…

Lessons in life so simple, and yet, each generation ‘discovers them’ in their won unique way…

You would think they would be hard wired into us…

But each generation must learn from… our beginnings.

The Foundation.

 

OK Nerd, What Does this Have to Do with Moneyball?

Moneyball is a baseball movie…

I know, I know… boring!

My girlfriend and I always laugh at what an announcer said once while we were stuck watching baseball at a restaurant…

‘He really had to hustle on that play!’

We both look at each other, say that line, and crack up…

Soccer players runs upwards of 6-10 miles a game work of wind sprints, and the baseball announcer makes it a point to tell us that the player had to ‘hustle’…

Bwahahahaha!

Back to the movie…

Moneyball is about a different way to look at baseball.

Instead of focusing on random stats, and body types, and how a guy walks or talks to people, they simply focused on one thing:

How often the guy got on base.

The most basic thing.

Not hit home runs…

Not slugging percentage…

Not how fast he was, or what kind of an arm he had…

Just, how often does he get to first base.

Essentially, they wanted to know the guys who day in and day out did the simple work of getting on base.

Not strike out a bunch and once in a while smash a huge hit…

That doesn’t win over the long run, unless it is combined with hitting singles and getting on base…

Every day, the players did the little thing…

They got on base.

They showed up., and did the little thing that mattered.

 

OK Cool, So What?

The Foundation is drawn from that sort of insight in key areas of your life…

Simple things…

That anyone can do…

Every day…

To WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS…

Controlling the simple things…

Doing the work…

Owning your outcomes…

You see, everyone thinks that if they train twice a week really hard, it will be better than just putting in the steady hour a day…

Or, I can just do three workouts a day for a couple weeks before the season and I will be fine…

That’s not what wisdom says…

That’s not building resilience…

Discipline…

Focus…

Earning the right to be confident…

You cannot cheat the process…

This applies to Sports…

To School…

To Family…

To Friends…

To Fitness…

To Nutrition…

To Discipline…

or to your Peace Within Yourself…

The Foundation is built brick by brick…

This is how great friendships, strong minds, great grades, a fit and healthy body, and a person loves themselves is built…

This is also how an unstoppable artist with the ball is created, forged…

DAILY NOTES OF GRATITUDE

Let me give you one that will sound so simple, but literally changes the relationships around you…

Daily notes of gratitude are how our team and our athletes hit those Moneyball singles and get on base each day…

We would like to think that if we just throw a friend some amazing birthday party, or once a year take mom to Olive Garden for Mother’s Day, or see nana at Christmas, that is all fine…

And we can tell them that we love them, and everything is going to be fine through the trials of our daily…

Weekly…

Yearly grind…

The ups, the downs…

The forgetting to say good-bye…

Goodnight…

I love you…

I respect you…

I am proud of you…

With TV, and texting, and social media, and, and, and…

It is rare to ever even be fully present with someone else…

Let alone slow down, and think about just one amazing memory, trait, conversation…

And let that person know…

I love you.

I respect you.

I admire you.

Yep, You Might Be Right, but How Do I Fix It?

Time for you to start ‘getting on base’ every day…

Make it a goal…

A priority…

Write it down…

And put a place to mark whether you did it every day…

Make it a game…

Each week, you have 7 days to earn seven points…

Put it in your planner…

Each Day mark it off….

 

Mark What Off?

Your Daily Notes of Gratitude.

Each day, I want you to take 2-5 minutes and do this…

And trust me, the differences that come over time are incredible…

You build up your relationships…

Stronger, brick by brick…

So even when bad weather comes…

The relationship is strong… and is fine.

Take 2-5 minutes and just send a text, or write a little note and leave it in your mom’s purse, or on your brother or sister’s door… or, or, or…

Just send a tiny thanks for being them…

Or, an I love you…

I respect you for…

I just wanted to let you know how much I admired you…

I remember when… and love that memory, because…

 

Very Simple, Very Powerful

Here is a little vase I ordered the instant that I saw it…

It is filled with some little notes that my daughter and I fill out for my girlfriend, Kimberly…

We thought it was a great present, because Kimberly puts up with me…

She might get little notes or texts from me often, but Makenzie and I figured she probably needs some extras…

So we got this vase and keep it stocked…

To put it mildly…

I can be a pain in the booty!

 

Keep It Simple

You do not have to be a great writer!

They don’t have to be sonnets or haiku…

It just has to be in your own words…

From your heart…

Here is an example of one to my daughter…

I woke up and was really pretty down about not seeing her for a couple weeks…

I live away from her now, so I only see her a couple times a month…

I used to take her for daddy daughter dates every week, and we would play Settlers of Catan late into the night, and talk about life while we drove to her activities…

So it is hard when she was there all the time…

I need to make sure she knows how much she means…

To build that relationship…

Over the miles…

Keep it strong…

I don’t want her to text back…

I never expect any response…

You might get one at the start when you send these…

But, don’t expect them…

Don’t look for them…

That is defeating the purpose…

Simply share, for the act of sharing…

Build the relationship…

 

The Foundation

So, how are all of your relationships doing?

Don’t worry, relationships go through good and bad times, like anything else…

You just have to build them up strong…

Work at them little by little every day…

Don’t neglect them…

Like a garden, we cannot let those weeds grow…

Or soon there is no garden…

 

Now, are you smart enough to see how this little activity applies to your soccer goals?

To School?

To Fitness?

To Health?

It’s always paying attention to the little things that wins…

Control what you can control…

It isn’t the big pregame speech…

The fancy moves…

The cramming to study right before the test…

It is the daily ritual of doing the work…

Not a huge homerun every day…

Just get on base…

Moneyball…

Ancient wisdom…

Principles…

The Foundation.

I expect a tiny note of gratitude to be written tomorrow…

I think more of you than to imagine you cannot do something so simple..

Trust me.

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