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2WORDS

#2words Character Development

Stephen Mackey brings us an 8-10 minute video addressing athletes and coaches about building a culture of character.

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WEEK 5: HAVE IT

Trust can make a mediocre team more successful than a greatly talented team because it has a way of amplifying the talent that a team has. That’s just one reason that trust is the most important aspect of a team. Do you have it? Do your teammates have trust in each other? It’s easy to say that you trust each other, but do you really?
A leader’s primary role on a team is to foster trust, and that requires courage and action. Do you have it?
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WEEK 4: BEST YET

When someone tells you to do your best, does that encourage you? When you realize that you can do nothing better than your best, it can be encouraging. But for many students, and maybe for you, “do your best” isn’t encouraging because it translates to “you can’t win, so just try not to get beat too badly.”
That thinking can lead to some dark places in your mind where you start to believe that your best isn’t enough. If you believe your best isn’t enough, you might start to believe that you are not enough. Know this: You are enough just as you are. And, when you do your best yet, whatever that is, that is enough.
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WEEK 3: ZERO TALENT

When we place an outsize value on talent, it becomes a convenient excuse for when we lose or fall short of our goals. When the focus is on talent, we lost because how could we possibly compete with the other team’s stats and natural talent? When the focus is on skill, we lost because we weren’t prepared or we didn’t try hard enough or they out-worked us. Either it’s not our responsibility so we can’t do anything about it or it’s fully our responsibility and we can do better next time.
Instead of focusing on talent and abdicating our responsibility, we can focus on cultivating zero talent skills. These are things like preparation, positivity, and coachability—skills you can learn that don’t require any natural ability or athletic talent.
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WEEK 2: RIGHT or WRONG

Do you focus on what you have done right or what you have done wrong? Too often, we focus on the one thing we did wrong instead of the 99 things we did right. When you focus on what you do right, it makes you a better teammate, makes you tougher, and enhances your talent. When you focus on what you do wrong, the opposite happens.
That’s not to say you should never think about your mistakes or listen to criticism. Far from it. Learning from mistakes is a key part of growth, and constructive criticism can help you overcome hurdles on the road to success. But when you let a mistake eat at your mind after its usefulness is past, it will only hold you back. If you let it go to focus on what you did right (learning from the mistake or loss), it will propel you forward.
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WEEK 1: FUN WORK

Remember when sports were just fun? Before the pressure of scholarships and expectations started to press in? When sports are fun and when there’s joy in getting to play, it makes everything better. Make no mistake–Hard work is the best work. However, that doesn’t mean hard work can’t also be fun work.
Don’t let the hard work steal the joy; instead let the joy fuel the hard work.
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