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From the Coach’s Box

If you want to reach your potential, you need to add a strong work ethic to your talent." John Maxwell

“Strong Work Ethic,” what is that? These days probably an obscure item in our character. Two thoughts come to mind from the past on this topic:

  • You can control two things — YOUR WORK ETHIC AND YOUR ATTITUDE
  • Work ethic is important because,unlike intelligence, athleticism, charisma, or any other natural attribute, it's a choice.

 Those last words in the second thought … “it’s a choice.”



Pretty much throws it all back on my attitude in the situation. If my attitude is negative, poor, flippant then I could pretty much expect my choice of actions to be similar.


In that aspect of attitude … Tom Stoppard calls for an attitude check like this 

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” 

On the other hand, if  I have the Stoppard attitude the impact on my work ethic would be way different. I could be on the Coach Chizik train 🚂 at practice or competition. This is the one I would like to have every day:


There are five things EVERY player can control that has ZERO to do with talent:

1. “Be on time”

2. “Play/Practice with GREAT effort”

3. “Maintain good body language”

4. “Bring Positive Energy/Attitude”

5. “Be Coachable”

– Gene Chizik


What one person is supposed to do isn't necessarily the same as what another person is supposed to do:
 "As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, 'Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.'' (Mark 5:18-19)
Coaching moves people toward maturity rather than dependence. Instead of simply telling people what to do, coaching helps people mature in making their own godly decisions. In this way, they grow in responsibility and in leadership.
 "He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ." (Col. 1.28)

The goal of coaching is helping someone succeed. And what is success? It’s finding out what God wants you to do and doing it. 

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 


A person’s success is directly tied to finding out what works God has prepared for them to do and then doing that.

From - FCA devotion, Stream of Encouragement, Zach Crowley, July 11, 2019

“God is continually encouraging you—24/7, 365. His encouragement is like a steady, flowing stream. When you embrace that encouragement, you are able to extend it to others. You are able to have confidence, you are able to succeed, and you then have the power to send out encouragement to others.”

“Imagine what your life would look like if you allowed this stream of encouragement from God to flow into your life. Imagine if you extended that stream to others. Imagine if their stream was extended to you. Today, remove the tendency to judge others based on the outcome. Start investigating their intentions and allow the stream of encouragement to flow”

"Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A was asked, "Who needs encouragement?"


His reply, "anyone who is breathing."


”Always do the right thing, always be exciting, always be encouraging, and always be learning.” Zig Ziglar

A modern fighter on the verge of Mach 1 - you see kind of a “Halo” appear around the aircraft. This halo encapsulates the pilot & the plane, SIGNALING A TRANSFORMATION from subsonic to supersonic



We have moments of transition, of progress, of growth where God’s Holy Spirit encapsulates our commitment to Christ & raises it to new levels.


Major breakthrough requires “dogged determination.”

A true God’s Christian understands these dynamics & expects increased buffeting & shock waves coming against them.


It takes perseverance to get into halo position & an awareness to the turbulence that always proceeds the breakthrough.


From Kenny Luck’s book titled “Risk”


Always making today my best day

Taking pride in a job well done

Treating others with respect

Isolating my negative thoughts

Treating tasks as opportunities

Utilizing talents everyday

Doing the job right the first time

Expecting positive outcomes

Speaking well of others everyday