Coaching Football's "Little Things"

Developing a Consistently Successful Football Program


Posted by admin May - 26 - 2011 - Thursday

If you’re wise you’ll stop frequently and think about HOW you’re spending your time! Pastor/author Chuck Swindoll wrote: “In a book I read, The Time Trap, I came upon a list of the most popular time wasters. It helped to pinpoint some specific areas of inefficeincy I must watch. Who hasn’t heard the true story of Charles M. Schwab and Ivy Lee? Schwab was president of Bethlehem Steel. Lee, a consultant, was given the unusual challenge, ‘Show me a way to get more things done with my time.’ Schwab agreed to pay him ‘anything within reason’ IF Lee’s suggestions worked. Lee later handed Schwab a sheet of paper with the plan: ‘Write down the most important tasks you have to do tomorrow. Number them in order of importance. When you arrive in the morning, begin at once on # 1 and stay on it until it is completed. Recheck your priorities, then begin with # 2, then # 3. Make this a habit every working day. Pass it on to those under you. Try it as long as you like, then send me your check for what you think it’s worth.’ That one idea turned Bethlehem Steel Corporation into the biggest independent steel producer in the world within 5 years. How much did Schwab pay his consultant? Several weeks after he received the note, Schwab sent Lee a check for $25,000, admitting it was the most profitable lesson he had ever learned.”

Coaches, time management is one of my keys of successful people!” Find those “time wasters” in your life and make a change. Prioritize and attack! This holds true as you plan a season, plan a game and even plan one practice! Prioritize! Too often we “major on the minors.” We get caught up in doing too much and get nothing accomplished. Here is a case where too many little things can actually weight down your progress. Know what the BIG Things are… then, focus on the little things in those focal points.

My philosophy of coaching: Get reallllllllllllly good at a few things. A well-trained army will defeat an army 10 times its size. Make sure your kids know what they’re doing before they hit the field on Friday night.

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