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Perspective Provides Positive View of Development

The longer I am involved in the development of young people, the more I am convinced that we must maintain a perspective of development and improvement. This view of development and improvement must be maintained by adults to support the youth in their progress.

It is perspective that allows us to maintain the goal of development and improvement. We must maintain perspective and remain focused on their growth over time. Today’s society demands immediate results, however many people think this means that a student or athlete will win the “lottery” of development.

Schools are measured by their test scores. When their scores are not on par with the desired outcome, the pressure gets placed on the school and in turn the students to make sure they improve their score. This pressure on the student is not really focused on development and improvement, but pushing them to achieve an arbitrary score to satisfy a political requirement.

In the athletic arena, athletes end up being measured by the wins and losses. This is counter to development; it is akin to the arbitrary scores that are set to satisfy a political requirement. Athletes must be measured on their progress, not on their wins and losses, a fact that is out of their control.

For this week, challenge yourself to maintain a perspective of development and improvement when working with our youth.

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The PROCESS Provides Purpose, Passion, and Power

Present day society not just expects immediate results, it demands immediate results.  Everywhere you look there is a demand for results.  The mentally tough competitor must commit to the PROCESS of improvement.  A commitment to improvement provides three main things:

1.  Purpose

The mentally tough competitor that focuses on the PROCESS of improvement develops a purpose that will drive them to COMPETE everyday.  The mentally tough competitors COMPETE against themselves.  When they focus on competing with themselves, others are willing to help them.

2.  Passion

Passion is that ever-burning fire inside of the competitor to do something to improve.  The beauty of the PROCESS of improvement and the development of purpose and passion is that in a team environment it becomes a motivator for others.

3.  Power

As society expects immediate results, a mentally tough competitor establishes the power over their development and mindset when the focus on the PROCESS of improvement.

Improvement is a PROCESS.  When a competitor can maintain perspective on the PROCESS of getting better, they will develop a purpose in their life, a passion to improve, and power over their lives that others will see and emulate.

Until next week, focus on the PROCESS of improvement and enjoy the Purpose, Passion, and Power.