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Week of May 9th Circle Up

1 - Bryce Young | How Do You Handle Pressure?

2 - Dawn Staley | They Don’t Always Like Me

3 - Tim Grover | Mind > Feelings

4 - Dawn Staley | Trust and Trusting the Process

5 - Markelle Fultz | I Went Through the Process


Bryce Young | How Do You Handle Pressure?


Bryce Young is a professional quarterback who won a Heisman Trophy at the University of Alabama and was the number 1 overall pick for the Carolina Panthers.


In an interview on The Pivot Podcast, he was asked what his nerves are like. He said, “Pressure only brings out who you are. In pressure situations, who you are at the core is going to show. If I didn’t prepare in the off-season, I would be nervous. All the work you have put in is what will show in the big-time moments, so I’m confident in those moments.”


Ryan Clark is a former NFL athlete. He said in the book Relentless, there is no such thing as the clutch gene. He said, “Nobody truly has the clutch gene, they practice that shot, that throw, and the two-minute drill their entire lives so when they get in those moments, they don’t have that heightened sense of pressure.”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What are you preparing for? If someone saw you working, would they say you are preparing for the dreams you have for yourself? 3 - Do you get nervous in pressure situations? 4 - What can you do to better prepare you for pressure situations?

Dawn Staley | They Don’t Always Like Me


Coach Dawn Staley is an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach who is currently the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Staley won three Olympic gold medals with Team USA as a player and later was head coach of another U.S. gold-medal-winning team.


In an interview on The Pivot Podcast, she talks about how seriously she takes responsibility for caring for her athletes and helping them reach their goals.


She said:


“When parents say, “I give you my child, I take that very, very seriously. And it's my job to figure out how I get them to that place on draft night to get drafted, and I take it personally every single day that I coach them. Sometimes I’m not liked by them or their parents because I make them uncomfortable. It's our job to make them uncomfortable, and it's the parent’s job to help them. But a lot of times, parents don’t want their daughters to hurt. But if you are stinking it up, I’m going to tell you how you are stinking it up. But here is how you don’t stink it up and how you correct some of the things.”


Coach Staley then said, “People don’t just magically become great. It is the downfalls that allow them to rise above. You rise above because of the work you put in.”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - COACHES, are you okay with being unliked by your athletes and their parents if you are trying to get them where they want to go?

3 - PARENTS, are you okay with your coaches making your athletes uncomfortable? Are you okay with your coaches telling you when you are stinking it up?

4 - ATHLETES, are you okay with your coaches pushing and making you uncomfortable? Are you okay with your coaches telling you when you are stinking it up?

Tim Grover | Mind > Feelings


Tim Grover has trained some of the best athletes ever, including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.


In an interview with Impact Theory, he had something impactful to say about our minds and feelings.


He said, “Your mind has to be stronger than your feelings. Feelings make people overthink. Your mind makes decisions, and your feelings make suggestions. When you fail, your feelings give you excuses and your mind makes you more resilient.”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS


1 - What is your biggest takeaway?

2 - What is your real purpose?

3 - When are your feelings stronger than your mind?

4 - When is your mind stronger than your feelings?

Dawn Staley | Building Trust and Trusting the Process


Dawn Staley is the Hall of Fame coach for South Carolina. She recruits the best of the best to her team, but how does she do that, and how does she keep everybody on the same page?


She said:

“I am inclusive in the recruiting process. I want everybody that has your ear to be a part of this and what we are trying to do because ultimately we are trying to do the same thing; we want you to be successful. Let’s all be in the room and talk about how we can get them there.”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - Do you have trust issues, and how can WE overcome them?

3 - COACHES, how do you engage with and gain the trust of everybody in your athlete’s lives so everyone is on the same page?

4 - COACHES, how do you learn who are the decision-makers in your athletes' lives, and how do you interact with them?

Markelle Fultz | I Went Through the Process


Markelle Fultz was the number 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, but he wasn’t always on that path.


In the video below, Fultz talks about how he didn’t play varsity and make a name for himself until his junior year. Most athletes want and expect to walk into a varsity role when they are freshmen or sophomores, but Fultz said he never stopped; he just kept getting better.

Later in the interview when he was asked how he overcame some of those struggles and failures, Fultz said:

“I don’t really think there is such thing as failure - I feel like you can learn from everything that happens in your life. Anything is possible if you put the work in.”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What would you do if you were in Fultz shoes? Would you stick it out and find your spot, or would you transfer to a school that will allow you to play earlier?

3 - What is one area of your life where you need to stick to the process, keep showing up, and keep putting in the work?


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