I hope that there are several thoughts here that you can either use or give some thought to and tweak so that they become your won and fit what your athletes need to hear.
Toughness is a skill and can be practiced and improved like all other skills.
You should always want your coach to be critical. It gives you an opportunity to learn and to overcome adversity.
The more things you can do, the harder you are to keep out of the lineup.
You either get better or we get worse. You don’t stay the same, so we have to use every practice and workout to get better.
Concentrate on effort and execution; the results will take care of themselves.
No excuses, no explanations. You can either have results, or you can have excuses, not both.
Buy in or buy a ticket.
Good players give second efforts, great players give 3rd, 4th, and 5th efforts in both practices and games.
The only way for an individual athlete to improve is to work at an uncomfortable pace in practice and during their improvement season workouts. If you aren’t uncomfortable, chances are you aren’t improving.
“There is do and do not, there is no try.” Yoda in Star Wars
A player’s goal every practice should be to improve yourself for the benefit of the team.
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
“Don’t mistake routine for commitment.” Don’t just show up, but give it everything you’ve got, every single time.
“Anyone who doesn’t make mistakes isn’t working hard enough.”
There are two pains in life, the pain of discipline, and the pain of regret. Take your choice.
Your energy level is controlled by your thoughts. Make a concentrated effort to think thoughts that increase your energy level.
We rate ability in people by what they finish, not what they start.
Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires and how smart and hard they are willing to work to reach their potential.
“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.” Michelangelo
Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together”. Hard means with effort, determination and courage; Smart means with proper execution and poise, Together means unselfishly, trusting your teammates and doing everything possible not to let them down.
“We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.” Zig Ziglar
“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.” Epectetus
You don’t have to be bad to change. All too often, people resist change because they assume it means they were not OK to begin with.
It takes a minimum of 21 days of conscious repetition before anything becomes a habit. That means when you are learning or improving a skill, you must stick with it for at least 21 practice sessions or you will not see any improvement.
If you think small things don’t matter, think of the last game you lost by one point.
Teamwork: The fuel that produces uncommon results in common people.
Good enough is neither.
R.E.P.S.- Repetition Elevates Personal Skills.
“A person really doesn’t become whole, until he or she becomes a part of something that’s bigger than himself.” Jim Valvano
“Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.” Jose Ortega y Gassett
“Your toughest competition in life is anyone who is willing to work harder than you.”
“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get from it, but what they become by it.” John Ruskin
Life is like a bucket of water. We are a part of the whole. But how big is the hole that is left when we take away a large cup of water? The hole suddenly fills up and…life goes. The nature of life is that there is always someone who can and will take your place, when you think you are irreplaceable.
It’s not the hours you put in, it’s what you put in the hours.
Victory or defeat is not determined at the moment of crisis, but rather in the long and unspectacular period of preparation.
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Jacob August Riis
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.