As Jan Term classes end this week and students begin to make decisions on how to spend Jan Term break, most have a plan. Sure, there are some that have "no plan", but that, in essence, is their plan. Others haven't gotten around to a plan yet and figure that they will make a decision when the time comes. That works, for some, but it isn't the most efficient use of time. When it comes to road trips, few rational people simply get in the car and start driving aimlessly, hoping that they arrive to their destination at some point later that day. Some have better plans than others. Where to stop for food or a bathroom break (Starbucks are much better than the Exxon)? Where to fill up with gas? How long it will take? The best route to avoid traffic or poor weather conditions? Unfortunately, GPS has ruined a lot of the planning and has resulted in a lot of people to simply use the Waze app as their "plan". Showing up to practice and simply doing things (ie - following the coaches directions) with the hope of "arriving" at a specific destination is as flawed of a plan as getting in a car and simply driving without a direction or destination in mind. As practice begins, athletes should come to each practice with a plan. What do you want the result to be at the end of practice? Work harder than you have ever worked before? Learn something new? Do things more intentionally? Be more focused? Be more coachable? Be more encouraging to TEAMmates? Get more uncomfortable? Believe in yourself more and take more risks and accept that failure is not failure but simply a step closer to success? "Wanting" to be "better" is not a goal. It is more of a wish than a plan. With no classes today to bog you down, take a moment and plan out your practice and you will get closer to your season goals today.
COACH. FATHER. HUSBAND. SON OF THE KING. WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY.