Football Friday – Paying the Price

Imagine a football player attending every team meeting and participating in every practice or workout. Running wind-sprints. Hitting hard and making tackles. Lifting weights. And risking injury. Day in and day out, making the sacrifice for the team. Sounds like a player doing what they’re supposed to do. Someone who is carrying through on their commitment to the team. But what if I said they made this level of sacrifice without a financial benefit or

Avoiding Tangents

On Monday, we saw that staying on course in life means requires keeping our focus. And focus requires discipline to zero in on the goal and only the goal. But life pulls us in different directions, often at the same time. And it’s easy to shift our gaze to the side. Jobs. Chores. Kids. Neighbors. Things. Entertainment. Activities. Every glance can slow us down or distract us from our goal. Looking to the right or

Staying On Course

Focus is an important part of discipline. It’s when my mental attention is centered on what I need to do and nothing else can get into my head. Focus allows me to resist temptation in the present in order to pursue a goal in the future. It requires total concentration and insists that I ignore outside distractions. Absorption. Engrossment. Devotion. Intensity. Close attention. Pursuit. Zero in on. Convergence. In order to stay on course in

Friday Focus – Jesse Owens

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~Jesse Owens The seventh out of eleven children, James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was born in Alabama in 1913. Later, the family moved to Ohio. While working several jobs to help support his family, he discovered his passion for running. He went on to become a track and field athlete and won

Training Partners

I remember in high school deciding I was going to try out for the cross country team. The only problem? I couldn’t run one mile, let alone three. Obviously, I needed a training program. And I never would have been able to make it through the fall season and beyond to run a half-marathon the next spring without my mother. She became my training partner. And together we jogged/walked to the corner and back. Then

The Power of Routines

What was the first thing you did when the alarm went off this morning? The second? And the third? Would tomorrow’s list be the same? We all have routines. Our standard procedures or regular courses of action that become daily habits. Simply because we’ve done certain activities so many times they merge into our normal behavior. And there’s nothing wrong with routines. (Unless you’re stuck in a boring rut. But that’s a topic for another

Friday Focus – Olympic Training

Is anybody else going through Olympic withdrawals? While I appreciate going to bed at a decent hour instead of staying up to see the final group compete, I miss seeing the athletes. Athletes who skate, ski, and slide into the spotlight and show the world a few minutes of amazing athletic achievement. The pageantry and national anthems. The stories of triumph after injury and of individual’s carrying the hopes of their countries on their shoulders.

Digging Deep

“Self-discipline is when you tell yourself to do something and you don’t talk back.” W. K. Hope “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Ziglar There comes a point in training where the novelty wears off. Where I’d much rather procrastinate or find excuses. Where I lose sight of why I even started this crazy plan. Those are

Spring Training

Last Friday, I’m sitting at my son’s baseball practice and hear his coach mention spring training. Spring training? Okay, I’ll admit. I’m more than ready for spring. Especially since there’s still snow on the ground and baseball isn’t supposed to be practiced indoors. But, training? Not quite as appealing. Until I came across this quote: “Those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order