Champions Characteristics

NOTE: I am moving my blog to WordPress and bringing over my first two posts. This is the second entry originally posted on March 5th, 2018.

As many of you know, my father was (always will be) my high school basketball coach. I have spoken of him often and a lot of who I am today came from that experience with him as my coach.

I have often watched in wonder as I saw how he was able to pull the best out of his teams. He had an uncanny ability to get young men to play well above their natural skill set and excel on and off the court.

At the beginning of every new season, he would put together a binder that was full of wisdom about basketball and life. When we were home for Christmas, I came across one of these old binders… I took some pictures of some of the pages and I want to begin a series in this blog discussing some of what is in there. (The picture of this particular page is included below)

The first entry is titled CHAMPIONS CHARACTERISTICS. I will share with you the information and then respond at the end with my own thoughts. Enjoy!

PRIDE……………………….. in yourself and teammates.
DESIRE…………………….. to be the very best, to excel.
PERSEVERANCE…….. patience to practice the things you need
SPIRIT …………………….. honesty with yourself
INTENTNESS ………….. concentration on what you’re doing.
FAITH ……………………… something you can’t see, but know it
LOYALTY ……………….. to your team, self and coach
ABILITY …………………. a lot of people have it, but never use it
GIVING …………………… be willing to give, not trade
RESPECT ………………… for yourself and other people
RESPONSIBILITY …… be willing to be responsible to your team
ENTHUSIASM …………. IT SHOULD BE SHOWN IN YOUR FACE AND EYES
COOPERATION ………. with the coach and team, be willing
POISE ………………………. believe in yourself and what you’re doing
SACRIFICE ……………… be willing to give of yourself
CONFIDENCE …………. in yourself and team
AMBITION ……………… WHAT DO YOU WANT out of life and basketball
TEAM IS FIRST ………. BE WILLING TO GIVE UP THE BALL
HONESTY ……………….. know your everything, be honest with yourself

Wow. Imagine being a 15-18 year old and being spoken to about these types of characteristics… is that something that would have had an impact on you? What about today? Which of these speak to you today?

One that jumped out at me was GIVING. For that to say be willing to give, not trade is a simple yet powerful way of explaining why we give. When we give, it should be without expecting anything in return, simply out of the joy of giving and helping another person.

ABILITY is another one that shouts off the page. A lot of people have it, but never use it. Do you have an ability that you have let atrophy into nothing? What is it? How can you revive it and use it?

ENTHUSIASM…. I think this might be what is missing from our world today! When people see your face, do they see enthusiasm or do they see a scowl or a sadness? Do they look you in the eye because of the energy you are giving or do they avoid eye contact because it is sad and draining?

The one that is speaking loudest to me today would be AMBITION. I have gone many years letting the current of life lead me wherever it wanted to take me. Letting others tell me what I am good at, what I am not good at…. the job I need to do, the place I need to volunteer, the goals that are important to me… I need to personally pause and determine exactly what I want out of this life. (Basketball is no longer an option… lol).

I hope you have found some level of inspiration out of these words today.

Be blessed!

CHAMPIONS CHARACTERISTICS

2 thoughts on “Champions Characteristics

  1. Coach Meuschke is the best man I have ever known! The quality I admire the most is GIVING. This is an example of GIVING and how it came about.
    One evening we were gathered around the dinner table with an empty chair. One of you asked, “Why is Dad never home for dinner?” Knowing my own reason, I asked , “Why don’t you ask him?” One of you did and the chair was no longer empty!
    The earliest one decides to leave the job at the office the better! Bringing it home can most often cause disharmony. As you kids grew, becoming involved in sports, most often the dinner conversation was about the sport Dad was coaching and your participating. I listened intently and learned from your conversations. We all cleared the table and cleaned the kitchen and the conversation sometimes continued.
    Bringing work home can delay plans and can often times cancel. It is very important to keep the family first. GIVING the gift of time is the grandest gift to the family! GIVING and not expecting anything in return gives the best of YOU to the family! A reward so big there is not enough gold to make!!!
    Blessings~~

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