Category Archives: Discipline

Mental Toughness

Mental toughness doesn’t see days as good days and bad days. Mental toughness just sees days that we choose to be either good or bad. When I am mentally tough, I do not let circumstances create a sense of entitlement for a break or a pass. Mental toughness allows me to just show up and deal with

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The Conversation for Control

Lapses in discipline are a measure of our lack of “toughness”. They usually happen because we talked ourselves into some sort of compromise that made sense at the time. Of course this conversation usually happens inside of our head and is completely under our control…or is it? When we are tough, we are able to dictate our

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Football taught me more than Kindergarten.

Not everything that I needed to learn was taught in kindergarten. Football taught me that success requires mental toughness. I was constantly challenged to quit. I learned that quitting began in the conversation I had with myself on a long run I struggled to finish. It continued the next day when I thought about whether playing football

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Becoming Weird

Once we learn to like the areas of discipline in our lives, we become weird to others that have not chosen that route. I am willing to bet that those that struggle with their reputation among others lack the discipline their lives need because they are embarrassed of what it takes to like being disciplined. Embracing discipline

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Fake the Hype

Sports teams call it hype. People are often afraid to be hype and others are afraid to fake the hype. Hype is just a term for enthusiasm. Discipline is probably best defined as having the will to do what you don’t feel like doing but should do. Having the attitude of dragging ourselves out of bed early

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All or Nothing

One of the more unfortunate “hang-ups” that I notice in the general population is the either/or/all-or-nothing mindset. If I broaden my view of fun, then I must embrace a life of debauchery and reckless decision making. Of course, this is nothing but a fearful mindset that sees life as a range of slippery slopes. Everything may be

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Loser Mindset

I have a loser mindset when I only see defeat. This happens when I see the need to settle or when I let myself off the hook because today’s circumstances made my discipline harder to maintain. Now now…I am not saying that we are losers when we quit on the day. That only happens if we allow

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Moving On

Great teams become great because they do not linger in the past. This requires a discipline that puts nostalgia, pain, and all other sentiment in its place. Today is a new day and tomorrow can be a great opportunity to grow if the team learns how to honor the past while letting it go. Moving on takes

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Heavy Gravity Days

Although I know that it is scientifically unlikely, the weights at the gym feel heavier on some days than others. My dad used to call these heavy gravity days. I have found that they don’t just happen at the gym. There are days that require extra effort to do what was easily done in another season. You

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Complacency: The Beginning of the End

Every great team stays great through the anticipation of required growth and adjustment. Even a perfect season warrants a look at what it will take to continue on a successful path. Complacency is the state of mind that if it isn’t broke (or broke enough), why fix it? This state of mind can also be described as

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