I’m sure every member knows where that title is going. Ya, “what you settle for” is exactly what you’re going to get in the end.
Is there special significance to posting this now? You bet. I’m often saying that the hockey off-season is a time when we can catch or even pass opposing coaches and players. So, that’s why I think the timing is especially right to think long and hard about that “what you settle for” thing.
— Dennis Chighisola
What you settle for…
Actually, this post is not only inspired by my new friend, Gino Arcaro, but I’m going to basically turn it over to Gino.
As an introduction, he’s a Canadian, and he holds an M.Ed., B.Sc., and Level 3 NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program). Gino is a former football coach, a former policeman, he’s big into fitness, but I think he’s appreciated as much for his ability to inspire others.
With that, let me turn things over to Gino Arcaro, in this reprint from LinkedIn…
Fifteen years of police work between 1975-1990 taught me not to believe in coincidences. If you believe that an event is a coincidence, look deeper and you will find some extent of connection. In 1992, I devoted an entire chapter of my first Criminal Investigation textbook to that investigative theory.
The same applies to professional life. Nothing just happens. Nothing happens randomly, accidentally, or overnight. What you see in a set of circumstances depends on mindset. Your attitude toward adversity determines how you interpret what happened. Your mindset writes off an event as a coincidence or as a connection to look deeper into. Your conclusion determines what you settle for.
Coaching football taught me the multiple meanings of the concept of settling. What you settle for and don’t settle for determines where your team ends up – first place or dead last. What you do and don’t settle for is connected to the power of raising the bar.
Coaching football taught me the power of raising the bar, literally and figuratively. Teams that win, don’t win by coincidence. The same applies to losing. Winning and losing don’t just happen. Winning teams lift the bar in the weight room and they lift teammates through bar-raising performance. One element of championship leadership is the will and capacity to coach your team how to raise the bar without it crashing down on you. Raising the bar can strengthen you or weaken you. It depends on how you do it.
Championship mindset doesn’t just happen. It’s a product of how your mind works out. Your mind works out for you or against you. Your mind is your biggest strength or biggest weakness. It all depends on what you settle for and don’t settle for. Blunt Talk Podcast guest Gina Howe, fitness trainer from Ohio, shared insights about how to get your mind to work out for you instead of working against you.
Blessings & all good things.
Does that stuff all make sense to my hockey members? And, can you see how it goes for coaches as well as individual players?
To be honest, I spent most of my hockey off-seasons trying to outwork an imaginary opposition coach. And, as I explained in that old piece about my “bunker“, I could get plenty done during the spring and summer months while still managing to enjoy myself.
Then, here’s something I read very early in my coaching career, and something I’ve shared with my players over several generations… In essence, it’s the fact that we never stay the same, but we’re either getting better or we’re going backwards.
Please think about that, friends, because I don’t believe there’s any way of arguing with it. Want to do the couch potato thing — I wouldn’t, because Gino is liable to find out where you live, and shake you ’til you come around! 🙂
More seriously, though, the couch potato thing was purposely aimed at making my point, in that you know which direction the arrow starts going whenever a hockey player takes too much time off.
Just so members know, Gino Arcaro is one of our most popular Hockey Talk Radio podcasters, contributing his Blunt Talk show that airs several times per day. With that, here’s a treat, and the podcast he mentioned at the end of his article.
Hold onto your seat, and enjoy…
Here’s a link, in case you’d like to see Gino’s original article… “What you settle for is where you end up“