A Lesson In Self Talk


A son and his father were walking on the mountains.
Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams:
"AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"

To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating,
somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
Curious, he yells: "Who are you?"
He receives the answer: "Who are you?"
Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!"
He receives the answer: "Coward!"

He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"
The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!"
The voice answers: "I admire you!"
Again the man screams: "You are a champion!"
The voice answers: "You are a champion!"

The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.
It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.

If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life;
Life will give you back everything you have given to it.
YOUR LIFE IS NOT A COINCIDENCE. IT'S A REFLECTION OF YOU!
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Change The Way You Look At Things



This simple and often repeated story illustrates the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking.







Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes."

The second salesman reported back, "There is massive potential here - nobody wears shoes."

Any problem or opportunity all comes down to how you choose to look at it!

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  • There never was a champion who to himself was a good loser.
  • Never sacrifice a principle for a temporary gain.
  • Keep Learning.  Don’t think you know all the answers.
  • Pay special attention to weaknesses and correct them.
  • It takes patience to endure the monotony of repetition.
  • Prefer team victory to personal victory.
  • When you make a mistake be the first to admit.
  • The beginning and the end are always the most important.
  • Every participant should know the rules: the letter and the spirit.
  • Always treat your opponent with respect.
  • Do your best to make yourself and every other team member, squad member the best possible athlete.
  • Talk your sport up and show your enthusiasm… it’s contagious.
  • Don’t ever be caught doing nothing.
  • Courtesy is a habit with the real Sportsman.
  • One good idea put into action is worth a volume stored away in daydreams.
  • Egotism is an anesthetic provided by nature to relieve the pain of being a fool.
  • Your opponent may not be speedy, but he went by you while you were asleep.
  • Victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes.
  • Hustle is the only indispensable quality of a champion.    
  • Leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.
  • Every boy has more talent than he will ever develop.
  • Concentrate on what you are doing – then you won’t have time to tense up and worry.
  • Obey training rules for condition, play rules for honor and respect.
  • Set your goals high. If you aim for the gutter, that’s where you’ll end up.
  • Take a sincere interest in teammates, they will take an interest in you.
  • Think like men of action – act like men of thought.
  • We must taste our own words as they come out, as we taste food that comes in.
  • Success is measured in what the team accomplished, not how you look.
  • They daily degree of recovery from injury depends a lot on the fierce desire of the individual to fight to get well.
  • It’s a funny thing that the “wise guys” always seem to be working for the “dumb guys”.
  • If better is even possible, good is not good enough.
—Adapted from coachbacevich.com

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