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Circle-Up With Cara Morey and Kevin Eastman

1 - Cara Morey | See Challenges as Opportunities

2 - Kevin Eastman | Look Inward First

3 - Kevin Eastman | Be Someone They Want to Play For

Cara Morey | See Challenges as Opportunities


Cara Morey is the head women’s hockey coach at Princeton. She said she noticed pretty early on that a lot of her players had never experienced failure independently until they stepped foot on campus. Part of that reason is that they are all super high achievers, but the other part is because parents with the best intentions had removed all obstacles and fixed all their problems for them.


They didn’t learn that they can fall down and get back up.


It didn’t show them that they can stumble and rebound.


She says we have to create adversity for our athletes and we have to teach them that struggle is essential for growth. Once they understand this, they will see challenges as opportunities instead of threats.

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT

1 - What are your takeaways from the video? 2 - How do you create adversity for your athletes?

3 - How do you teach your athletes how to handle adversity? 4 - How do you get your athletes to see challenges as opportunities instead of threats?

Kevin Eastman | Look Inward First


Kevin Eastman is a long-time NBA coach. He says, “When things go bad, look inward first; don’t blame outward.”


When things go wrong, ask yourself, “What was my part in this?”

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT

1 - What are your takeaways from the video? 2 - When things go bad, do you look inward or blame outward?

3 - When things go wrong, ask yourself, “What could I have done differently?”

4 - What is one thing you can do - or we can do - this week to respond with a better attitude when adversity hits us?

Kevin Eastman | Be Someone They Want to Play For


Kevin Eastman then said, “Try and become a coach whose players never want to let them down. When I read about the great coaches in all of sports, many times their players will say, ‘I just didn’t want to let them down.’”


When someone knows that you as the coach believe in them, that is when the magic of their potential can come out. The four most powerful words a coach can use are: I Believe In You

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT

1 - What are your takeaways from the video? 2 - How can you become a coach whose players never want to let them down?

3 - How do you communicate to your athletes that you believe in them? 4 - How do you get your athletes to believe in you?


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