Tag Archives: Resilience

Practicing Gratitude … Why & How

Practice Gratitude

This year has been incredibly challenging for me … and it’s not even over yet! I could give you a laundry list of what’s happening in my life, but that’s not really the point, we all go through tough times. The point is, that as I reflect back on the year I realize that I still have so many things in my life to be grateful for. The real point is … practicing gratitude.

For starters, what is gratitude? Continue reading

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You Cannot Do a Kindess Too Soon ….

You Cannot Do a Kindness Too Soon

A kind word can really change the direction someone is heading. With all the craziness happening in the world now, remember to be kind.

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Confront Adversity …

Kids who learn to confront adversity ...

“Kids that learn how to confront adversity in sports will develop a sense of self-discipline and pride in their work which will only help them take their skills to the next level.” Sports Coach Tip #29

I found this Sports Coach Tip when I was cruising around the web a couple weeks ago. It resonated with me and I wanted to pass it along. Any time kids face adversity and get through it they gain confidence and are better prepared to handle the next thing that comes along.

CoachGray.com has some great tips and other information for coaches, parents or anyone who is involved in youth sports.

Aaacckk!! Helping Teen Athletes with Pre-competition Anxiety – Part 1

As I was working on this post I realized that the topic was much too broad for just one post so I have broken into two. In Part 1 I mainly focus on things that teens can do (with your support) to help themselves with pre-competition anxiety. In Part 2 I will discuss more about what you as a parent or coach can do to help. Of course, I’m sure I will revisit pre-competition anxiety, and related topics, in the future.
 
Helping Teen Athletes with Pre-Competition Anxiety 

Many of us have experienced the rush of standing on the sideline just before a competition. The noise of the crowd, last minute instructions from your coach and the excitement from the team! It can be completely invigorating … or totally overwhelming.

Everyone feels some level of nervousness or anxiety before a game or performance. Anxiety is a totally normal feeling and in many cases is helpful for competition.

We have all experienced some physical symptoms of anxiety Continue reading

Top 5 Life Skills Teens Learn From Participating in Sports

Sports remain a great metaphor for life’s more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies, to a surprising degree, within.
—Susan Casey

  Learning Life Skills Through Sport

Participating in sports is one probably one of the best experiences young people can have for developing life skills. Actually, I think sports participation is pretty great for people of all ages. Being part of a team teaches skills that are applicable across your life: school, relationships, work, you name it.

Just to clarify for all of you out there who are thinking “my teen plays an individual sport”, they are a part of a team. Sport does not happen in a vacuum. You have coaches, opponents, family and the other athletes you train with. Continue reading

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Random Bits of Inspiration

Every once in a while life throws you down and knocks you around a bit.

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on going.

"It's not whether you get knocked down. It's whether you get up again." Vince Lombardi

Teens Can Do More Than Just Survive Disappointment

Teens Can Do More Than Just Survive Disappointment

We’ve all been there, playing in the big game, running for student government, trying out for the school play, waiting to be asked to the dance … and it doesn’t happen. You feel crushed, angry, embarrassed and disheartened. As adults who care about young people we hate to see them have difficult experiences, but disappointment is a part of life. Continue reading

The Big and the Small … How to Help Teens Handle Change

The big and the small … how to help teens handle change

The end of the school year is both a fun and stressful time of year, especially for teens who are graduating. New graduates have reached a huge milestone, celebrated with much pomp and circumstance. (Can’t you just hear the graduation march?) They are excited to celebrate Continue reading