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The Bar

The Bar.

It’s laying right in front of you flat on the ground.  From there… it cannot get any lower.

You stand with your feet right up to the edge of the bar.
In front of you are two poles with notches on them, each notch representing something related to goals or dreams.

You have many options;
You can walk away from your goals and dreams.
You can bend over… pick up the bar and move yourself toward the two poles. (this action alone is sometimes a seemingly huge goal… you can do it)
You can set the bar very low or you can set the bar; high, higher or highest.

I hope you choose to at least pick up the bar and move toward your goals and dreams.
Then I hope you take time to take carefully notice what each notch on the poles represent to you.
Be as specific as you can!
Maybe you start on the first notch?  That’s awesome! It’s a start.
Be determined to find a way to clear that bar.
It might take time.
You might have to practice and you might/will fail.
Still, practice and practice more. Do not quit!
Know… you can clear that bar! And, when you clear that bar… Raise it.

You will find each time you clear the bar you will be so excited and even look forward to raising it!

Should you have a fear of heights, don’t worry, you will gradually overcome this fear. You will become more sure and  brave each time your clear and raise the bar!
Then one day you will find your arms are raised to their maximum height placing the bar on the highest notch you can possibly reach.
And… when you clear that bar?  Look for people that are taller in stature and wisdom that see your abilities and gifts and that will raise the bar even higher.
These people will help you, coach you, encourage you, and give you a leg up!

Go ahead… pick up the bar.

#coachbk

Not because you must but because you are willing.

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Your List

Scoot up and listen up and think about this…

What you have is nothing unless you; use it, let someone else use it, sell it, or you give it.

Take time to think about why you have what you have… and what you will do with it.

This Chalk Talk encourages you take inventory.

Make a list of what you have.

You might at first list material processions, that’s fine but don’t forget non-material gifts!

Concentrate on other gifts you will discover in your; personality, talents, and specific traits that others notice and cause them to be drawn to you.

Study your list and think… what you will do with what you have?

#coachbk

Not because you must but because you are willing.

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Breaking down tape / life

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Alright, scoot up and listen up.
I would ask that all Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Hockey… and all sport outside football forgive my using the football model for this Chalk Talk.

Anyone that has ever played sports on a serious platform has studied tape.  Coaches and teams spend hours and hours breaking down tape.  They do this by taking the tape of the previous game(S) footage and cutting it, or editing it, into sections, something like this; Offense, Defense, Special Teams and trick plays.

We have spoken often here of the Coaching tools during our Chalk Talk’s of the use of the letters X and O, and what each represents; O for Offense, and X for defense.  Other sports might just use them to represent their own team vs. opponent.

We have also spoken of how valuable it is to know your position’s representation during a chalk talk, so that your coach might show you the design of ta particular play, or what may or may not happen in an predictable or unpredictable situation during a practice or game.

We have also pointed out the importance of TOW letter’s we find just as valuable or even more valuable than X and O, these two letters are; U and Y.  These represent all of us OFF the playing field or court.
U being You.
Y being Why you do the things you do and don’t do.

Today’s Chalk Talk wishes to point out the importance of breaking down your LIFE.
Studying specific situations, events, circumstances and understanding your assignment or a strategy dealing with the each past event we might study and learn from.

When we study tape on our next opponent… we must KNOW who they are, what they do, and what they are capable of.
SO…
We might focus on the Tight End, or Quarter Back, Running back, Center, etc.  We watch over and over and study their stance, their tendencies, strength’s and weakness’s (if any).  We learn everything from their height, weight, quickness and speed.
Why?
To best prepare us to know what we need to do to have success! To WIN!
So, what do we mean by breaking down tape, studying tape and strategy in LIFE?

Know your x’ and o’s in LIFE!
Know your players. Know those on your team and know those that aren’t on your team.
Breaking down tape in LIFE it’s SO important to study and know both!

Those on your team;
Know your Parents, friends, teachers, coaches.  Get to really know them.
Know the person that cuts your hair, the server at your favorite place to eat… know the person behind the counter at McDonald’s, or________?  Know the cashier at the Grocery Store, learn their NAME! Call them by their NAME.
Get to know them!
These are people on your team!
These are people that help you, serve you, provide you with things you need to have success in all the other things you do and want to do.

Then there are those that are not on your team.  Get to know them and understand their strategies!
Understand the road they wish to lead you down. Study their situations, circumstances. Don’t JUDGE them, but study the reason they are an opponent to YOUR GOALS, your path and the things you wish to achieve. Develop a strategy with your teammates mentioned above to outsmart, outplay, outwork them.

Success depends upon your teammates and of-course you being a good teammate.
Study your last weeks tape.
Study your last years season.
Break down your life’s reel of highlights and see the blocks you received that allowed you to score, who made those blocks… praise them, thank them… and lean on them for the next ‘play’.
Or, break down the block you made to allowed a major score in your life.. or the tackle’s, interception’s, sack’s you made that kept them from scoring!

Break it down.
Understand.
Prepare yourself!
Coaching Principles provided in abundance in the book of Proverbs.

#coachbk

Not because you must, but because you are willing.

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I know God will give you someone that pushes you for 10 more. #10more
I would love for you to read about my someone, Andy Anderson.  “Andy Wouldn’t Let Me” available in paperback and e-reader!

Two unlikely worlds collided at midfield.
Seniors on the same football team, Andy and Bryan barely knew one another before the season’s opening kick-off. But they would soon come to know each other in a way neither could have predicted, the common thread that first bonded them together: rehab sessions. Bryan’s was with his knee, and Andy’s with chemotherapy.
Andy Anderson’s unassuming physical talents were not in God’s recipe for him to excel in football, as God had bigger plans for Andy to inspire those around him for a more powerful purpose.

 

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To: ___ From: You

TO: _______

FROM:  You

I have always been fascinated with the feeling one experiences giving a gift vs. receiving a gift.
As a child I remember wanting gifts, and of course I remember receiving gifts… some I wanted. other’s maybe not so much, but it was still exciting to receive them!
As I began writing this blog post today I got excited?
Why?
Because I challenged myself to recall my earliest grand memory of giving.
The first memory that came to me was the Turkey Hand trace/drawing for Thanksgiving to my parents… but, I continued the to search for the first memory of a gift I gave that was my idea.
Boom!  It blossomed in my mind and heart like yesterday! I remembered shopping for Mother’s and Father’s Day’s.
In particular I remember wanting to get my dad something for Father’s Day.  So, I began to want to give, and want to give something perfect for him, but way too young to drive, and long before Amazon. 🙂
Our family dogs have always been English Bulldogs.
I remember my mom driving by the Mack Truck dealer or office or?  All I know is it had Mack Truck on the front of the building and I knew Mack Truck’s logo was an English Bulldog.
So, I begged her to take me there cause I just knew they would have something I could get my dad for Father’s day.
Well.. we came home with a belt buckle and I am not even sure they sold them, but somehow my mom and I got one from someone there.
I gave this to my dad with great excitement and enthusiasm!
I am certain he never wore it, but GIVING this gift was awesome for me.  It really taught me the LOVE for giving.
(and I loved my mom for going the extra mile for me… her way of giving)

GIVE!
Give a little.
Give a lot.
Give stupid.
Give smart.
Give often.

Don’t think this blog is about Money… it’s about GivingRemember my mom driving me?

Food for thought;

Dr. Jorge Moll of the National Institutes of Health found that when a research subject was encouraged to think of giving money to a charity, parts of the brain lit up that are normally associated with pleasures like eating or physical intimacy.

So… Give

TO: _____

From: YOU

#coachbk

Not because you must, but because you are willing.

 

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The Bench

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

 

Who wants to sit on the bench?
Who wants their friend’s, peer’s, parent’s to come to a game and find them sitting on the bench?
Moreover; who wants to put in all the work, lift the weight’s, practice, train, put on weight, take off weight, starve, run, sprint, hit, or put in hours studying tape (of the next opponent to imitate) … to sit on the bench?
Who wants to seldom play, random play, or never play?

Chalk Talkies … Scoot up and listen up.
The Bench is full of awesome, courageous, selfless, humble, and rightly motivated TEAMMATES!
Should you be a starter? Don’t dare make the mistake of not seeing the value, dedication and sacrifice given without credit or glory from those sitting The Bench.

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 29:23
One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

Take some time to recognize and thank your bench!
Pay attention to what I am saying; Always Humble yourselves… The Bench humble themselves Every Day!
Make it a point to let them know who much you need and appreciate them.
Huddle around them… and get a clap going! A chant! A cheer!  Lift them up! Make them feel like champion’s!!!
Do not let your pride think you are better then they are!
Do not let your pride excuse someone as ‘not mattering’.
Do not ever demean them!
Do not let your pride look down upon their ability or lack of!
Do not let your pride think of yourself ‘better’ then them!
Hope they challenge you.
Hope they push you.
Hope they want to play as bad as you do.
Hope they keep you on your toes.
Be thankful they are willing to go up against you perhaps knowing they are going to get their butt kicked or maybe embarrassed.
Be thankful they are willing to get ZERO glory.
Be thankful they are your Teammates.
Fight for them.
Take up for them.
Brag on them.
Lift them up.
Thank them!
Being wise is to be humble and realize your need for a strong, dedicated, loyal, hard working, motivated, challenging Bench.
Keep in mind; there might be many times in life, off the court and field, when you find yourself sitting The Bench.

Be humble either way and know; God love’s The Bench!

I humbly invite you to read my book; Andy Wouldn’t Let Me, to learn about the greatest Bench Player I ever knew. E-Reader or Paperback.

#Coachbk also recommends the Book of Proverbs as a solid instructional manual for anything you will or might encounter in Life.

Not because you must, but because you are willing.
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TWO TREES

 

There are so many analogies rooted in trees.
The Bible alone talks about the Tree of Life 10 times.
We use the tree for a wide range of things both in analogies and realities; climbing, fire wood, paper, shade, landmarks, rope swings, postcards, framing houses, log cabins, fruit, and on and on.
Me?
Any of my close friends would tell you that I love trees!  I don’t think I have ever hugged one (another analogy) but, I have sat under many believing what I have read about the Native American Indian’s belief that sitting under the oldest tree in the forest will bring you the greatest wisdom.
(I love the book “The Education of Little Tree”)
I have been blessed to see the fall colors of Maple’s and Oak’s in the Tennessee hills and mountains growing up… and now seeing the Palm Tree’s on the beach.
One of my favorite places we toured (The Garth Brooks World Tour) was Sacramento, California, which has the largest tree canopy in the US and third-largest in the world!
40 Acres covering 12 city blocks and containing vegetation from nearly every ‘corner’ of the globe!

Okay Okay.  To the Chalk Talk point.

Two Trees
Scoot up and listen up.
Let’s just focus on the two trees that can be found anywhere.

The Reality Tree & The Dream Tree.
The two most important trees ever.
One grows no matter what; That being the Reality Tree.
The Dream Tree is very very different.  It takes a lot more care, tending, planning… and time.  But… The Dream Tree is worth it all!

The little chalk talk secret here is this;
Use the reality tree (the one that grows on it’s own)  to support your dream tree.
How does one do that?
Climb the reality tree. Climb it. Don’t watch it grow.  GROW WITH IT!
And as you climb, you will dream!
Your focus on grabbing each and every branch will merge with new thoughts turning to dreams;
I wonder if there is another way to get up this tree”? “I bet if I did this, or tried this, or I wonder if, maybe if I“?
This causes you to occasionally to look down at the dream tree you planted…  and low and behold… you can see a dream sprout!
It excites you and motivates you!
You watch it grow and grow!
You don’t forget it, in fact you think of it more while you still are holding to the Reality Tree.
You do not abandon it, reject or neglect it.
You believe in it due to seeing it grow as you continue to WORK climbing the reality tree. Slowly..  but surely your dream starts to grow!  And, soon it’s branches are reaching over nearer your reality tree’s branches! They touch and intertwine.
Your dream becomes big enough and strong enough to let go your grip and jump from the branch of your reality tree grabbing hold a branch from your dream tree and it grows as you climb!

While climbing your dream tree, make sure to pay attention to your reality tree, notice it’s branches growing near your dream tree, reaching across keeping pace in size and strength.
Recognize this as the support your dream tree needs to continue to grow.
Your reality tree will forever be strong and solid, there is no changing your reality tree.  That’s okay.  That’s healthy. Use it!
At times you will need to jump back to the branches of your reality tree.  And times you cannot afford to let go, keep climbing.
You will need the solid feel and support from it’s truth and roots.
While there, tend to your dream tree.  Grow it, stronger and stronger.
Then… you guessed it; Jump back over on your dream tree and CLIMB once again!
Back and forth, back and forth.

This is a sure Chalk Talk way to get to the top of your dreams! And that is reality.

Climb!

#coachbk

Not because you must, but because you are willing.

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Eat Twice a Day

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Alright scoot up and listen up.

As athletes we need to pay extra attention to what we eat.
We get very specific about how we fuel and re-fuel our bodies.  We base our nutrition according to what type of things we do daily per our sport, position, or event.  We need all the help we can get, right?

And, for those of you who follow the Chalk Talk Blog and Podcast, you are well aware that we are not only concerned about our on the field or court performance, we believe that our off the field and court LIFE greatly effects ALL Win’s and Losses.

No one here is claiming to be a sports nutritionist, but strongly believe, as well as recommend, that we at least eat Twice a Day!

Once for the belly.
Once for the soul.

Feed that belly!  YES!
Plenty of resources for feeding the athlete’s belly;
General good stuff here!

Feed the soul.  You Bet!
Plenty of resources for feeding the soul;

Book of Proverbs
Jesus Calling (get the app for your phone)
The Athlete’s Devotional
FCA- Life Trainer App
Chalk Talk Vol. 1
The Chalk Talk Blog
The Chalk Talk Podcast

The dinner bell rings for both the belly and the soul.
“Come and Get it”!
RUN!

#coachbk

Not because you must, but because you are willing.

 

 

 

 

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Use It


Bring it in… scoot up and pay attention.
See this dude here… the one holding the umbrella?
Let’s talk about him and the obvious things we see about his condition and situation;

1.  It’s obvious it’s raining.
As a matter of fact, we could say it’s pouring.

2. We can also note that this guy is prepared… right?
This person has obviously been given a gift, a tool.. therefore this qualifies him as gifted. He has an Umbrella!

Okay. Still, there’s obviously something very wrong with this picture?

1. We’ve established that this person has the wherewithal to be prepared.
2. They even have the ability to recognize potential obstacle’s.
3. They have been given a gift that is specific and perfect for this situation.

The Chalk Talk Board Point;
This person is not using their GIFT to it’s best or strongest potential!

Everyone needs to realize that we ALL have been given a gift!
And… if we do not use this gift and use it in the right / best way, (just like this guy on the Chalk Talk Board)  what good is it?

Pay attention to what has been given to you and how to use it, or you will find yourself under a dark cloud wondering why it seems to be raining on you as you stand holding an umbrella getting soaked and wet.
Do you know what your gift is or your gifts are?
Do you know what it is but you are not sure you are using it the right way, in the best way, for the right purpose?

Get Coached.

Get the most out of your gift, and see what happens!

#coachbk

Not because you must, but because you are willing.

1 Corinthians 12: 14-27

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College Football LIFE

College Football Season is officially starting today!
We are aware that High School Football has already a couple of weeks under it’s belt, and I personally have been to a couple of games… and it still remains fresh and alive to me as ever.  What a great great time in a young man’s life.

There are many differences between High School Football and College Football.
I could go into many of them, but for this blog post I choose to give a Chalk Talk more concentrated on our main goal here… Life Off the Field.

So, with that in mind, what are the differences between High School and College Football off the field?

Little to no Parental Oversight
No one to wake you up – No one to make you go to class

Living away from home; Freshman… their first time on their own.
If on Scholarship (you can’t work for money) there is no way to make money… so BROKE
LONG LONG HARD HARD hours of work/ called practice
Travel so you miss classes/Fall behind in school work

Perks;
Free meals

Clean practice uniforms
Clean game uniforms
Trainer’s/Doctor’s

These are just a few of the obvious differences.

What about social life… Real Life?
Dating
Sex

Curfew
Drinking
Drugs
No Money.. so where / how do you get money?

Who is coaching these areas?

As always we ask all our Chalk Talkies to watch these games with great enthusiasm while taking great notice of what the commentators offer in the way of covering LIFE OFF THE FIELD.
IT MATTERS!  IT ALL MATTERS!

A successful LIFE off the field increases your chances tremendously for Success in the Wins and Losses Column!
Get Coached OFF the field!
We can work on it!
850-792-9933
info@thechalktalkblog.com

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Not because you must, but because you are willing.

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