Most of the time, the First Team Motivation articles are used to deliver a message about: Recruiting, Education, Life Skills, and Health/Physical Fitness. Sometimes we consider social issues that may be relevant to your personal growth or issues that directly affect each of you - the outstanding, gifted, young student-athlete prospects that you are. But then, every once in a while, we just use this First Team Motivation article as a voice of reason. We call it as we see it, and we tell it like it is. This article will be the latter of the two... a voice of reason.
WHAT'S YOUR JOB? ("Mr. G. Turner")
For those of you who may be a bit confused, you shouldn't be. Maybe this article will clear things up for you. Let's play word association. What comes to mind when you see each topic below?
- Disciplinary Problems at School
- Slipping in Your Studies & Home Responsibilities
- Controlling Your Emotions
- Negative Attitude
- Short Temper
- Athletic Frustrations
- Problems with Authority (Coach, Teacher, Parent, Guardian, etc.)
I don't believe I can put this any simpler or clearer. Regardless of what came to mind as you read each line, think about this... You are under the care of your parents and/or guardians. They go to work and earn a living so they can take care of you, end of story. It sounds simple, but life for your parents is a little more complex then that.
YOUR job, on the other hand, really is not complex at all. You go to school and you get paid too. Oh yeah, your pay is the grades you receive! The amount you're paid is based on the "grades" you earn, which in turn allows you the opportunity to have access to things. These things may be an allowance, an occasional gift, exemption from doing chores at home, the right to hang out with friends, the opportunity to drive or, the biggest reward of all, participating in extracurricular activities (basketball, football, baseball or track).
It is not the parent's job to make you happy. They shouldn't have to beg and plead for you to do your best. Their job is to encourage you and to help you have the best possible opportunities for success. You have no say so, you have no rights. You only have the responsibility to be the best son you can be by doing your very best in school each and every day. When that's done, maybe you can earn an opportunity to do something you enjoy. Playing basketball or sports in general, is not a right, it's a privilege. It's a privilege you must earn by being the best son you can be, at home and definitely at school.
BEHAVIOR AND CONDUCT! I'm proud of the hard work that most of you have put into making your high school experiences positive thus far. Some of you, but not all, seem to think that because you are having success on the court, that gives you the green light to do, say and be whatever you want, as long as you want, whenever you want.
Your behavior and conduct are constantly on display and constantly being recorded. Do you realize everything you do now is for keeps? Your behavior, your conduct and the grades you receive are all recorded in your official high school transcripts. Transcripts follow you through graduation and could be the determining factor in whether or not a college accepts or rejects you. Think about your current image, people's perception of you, and what kind of qualities you exhibit. People notice these things and judge you by them every day, in the classroom and on the court. Are you "representing the future with pride?"Again, I challenge you and encourage you to be the best individual you can possibly be. Carry yourself in a manner that brings out compliments from teachers, coaches, family and friends! "The world is yours (ours) and all that it holds" ... but only if your behavior and conduct are respectable and positive. And don't forget, it is very important to be dependable and hardworking.
Don't let bad behavior or conduct make you fall short of a dream or a goal. Behavior and conduct – two things that "YOU" alone can decide to change within yourself today!
RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY ("Duke")
Why would anyone want to disrespect themselves or someone else? I have no clue. Respect means reverence, esteem and admiration. Respect is an important word, but putting the word into action is even more crucial. Respecting yourself is first and foremost. If you don't respect yourself, then who will respect you? And as my word is my bond, we all know there is nothing like being disrespected.
So, respect your parents, teachers, coaches and friends with the same respect you would like to receive from them. And please don't forget to respect your elders (older people) too. That means someone who may be just a year older than you or 20-years older than you. As a matter fact, respect is age-less, period.
Responsibility means being accountable. Taking total responsibility for your actions is so sincere! Young men, this is serious. As I always say, you have to be responsible for decisions that you make and actions that you take. With that in mind, maybe it's not a bad idea to think about the consequences of your choices before you take action. Here are some Helpful hints:
- When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Your success is measured by the sacrifices you've made.
All I am saying is this... Remember the words of the First Team Pledge and hold yourselves accountable for your actions. Carry yourselves as the respectable young men you should be with good common sense. Stay Focused Man!