I spend a good amount of time on my videos and blogs posts encouraging you to take action. That you have control of your life and that what happens to you is a product of what you have taken steps toward.Read More
#JUICEabc (Just Understand… It’s Crazy Energy) It’s an emotion, it’s how you act and an attitude to display. A few years back college football coach, Urban Meyer came up with it when he demanded more energy from his team day in and day out. Visit us from time to time when you need that extra “Juice” to get you through your day!
We all want to better our lives, but need the ingredients to do so. You have to be driven, you have to have the passion and you have to experience both the ups and the downs. Those who truly want to better their lives already have these ingredients in them. With these ingredients, all you need is the opportunity to run with them and goals to achieve.Read More
Play Hard! Run! Dive on the floor! Hustle! Take a charge!
Show up at 6:00am, practice, lifting, training, study hall, team meal, film, practice, rehab, sleep, repeat.
Fall ball, spring league, summer games, AAU, trainer work, dribbling coach, shooting coach, strength and conditioning.
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Motivation to me is to keep improving, after re-reading that line it now sounds very cliché but I also feel that improvement is something that is not really looked upon enough, complacency is my main opponent in my life, and a place I constantly work to avoid in my everyday life. The topic of Complacency is something in and of itself I try to discuss with those around me as much as I can, because I have always felt a need for more in this world. Be it self-discovery, self-improvement, societal improvement, gaining more knowledge about our reality, improving our collective realities, etc. To go along with this there is a quote that I heard from one of my favorite artists Trent Reznor that has always resonated with me, which is: “try to put yourself self in uncomfortable situations. Complacency is my enemy.” This is a line, in my opinion, that really leads to work ethic directly. The desire to never be “comfortable” with where you are. Something that I refuse to allow happen to myself or ever want associated with myself is the feeling of self-righteousness. From a young age I’ve always been taught by my Mother that it is extremely important to expand in all aspects, there is a very large “stay at home culture” where I am from, as to where many people don’t really leave the area/they stay local and build a life there, which is completely fine for many. But, for myself I’ve always wanted to see and experience everything imaginable that this beautiful world has to offer. I never want to be in a situation where someone views me as being stagnant so I constantly want to keep developing.
My 100-year-old Great Grandmother starting from back when I was very young has always told me to “Go create what you want out of life”. As weird as it sounds, she always said it to close conversations. And up until I was in high school I would always wonder why. She always has told me that there are billions of people in the world that are okay with average. She always said if you’re okay with average that is fine, but if you want to be better than average, make yourself better than average and never settle for just okay. With all that being said, I feel the pursuit of your dream, whatever that may be, is what makes us who we are. Achieving whatever it is that motivates you, is what makes us most human. To get to the level of happiness and accomplishment that motivates you to do more!
I am a firm believer in the law of attraction and constantly allowing yourself to seize opportunities when they present themselves. To always see the positives in every situation you face on a daily basis. I have a family friend who didn’t have the best path in life early on, and I had the opportunity to sit down with him back in 2010 when I was transitioning from playing basketball overseas into playing in the NFL, that opened my eyes to it. I have always been a positive thinker and felt that being that way and viewing things in that light made the day to day much easier. But, when I had the opportunity to really get in depth with the concept and see the real life application of how it affected his life for the better, it really illuminated the mental light bulb even more for me. I have been very fortunate in life to not be someone who wants to try things, I have always looked at different things I wanted to do in life and have just kind of done them. My mother and I used to discuss it when I was little, I have always felt that people set goals or have a list of dream scenarios they try to obtain, I personally have always believed that if you want something bad enough you can make it happen in some shape or fashion. The worst thing someone can say to you is “no”, “no” is something that I’ve heard thousands maybe even millions of times in my 30 years on this Earth, but I feel it’s necessary to keep pursuing what you desire until someone tells you yes. Finding or creating your “YES”, is something that I value dearly and encourage everyone to pursue.
Simon Harris is the assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Dayton. A graduate of NC State University where he also played basketball, Coach Harris also spent time playing pro basketball in Ireland and despite not playing football in HS or college he spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys.
I was speaking to a great group of millennial's a few weeks back and I told them that in a month I'm about to turn 40 which is suppose to be a major milestone… The one response that really stood out was someone told me that 40 is the new 20! So in honor of that I will be listing the 20 things I've learned/wished I did in 40 years... In chronological order!
Birth to ten years old
1. My time in the stroller - should have enjoyed it more instead of trying to walk everywhere
2. My younger sister was always my ally and not my enemy
3. I learned that getting spanked sucks...
4. That love is an amazing feeling that sees no boundaries
5. I really thought I was a fast runner.... (so disappointing that wast the case)
11-20 years old
6. I should've learned how to breakdance
7. That my parents were there to guide me and not control me
8. Popularity is short lived and taking action is the priority
9. Save every penny you can...
10. Should have worked on being a karaoke superstar
21-30 years old
11. I wish I enjoyed my kids as babies more
12. Stay calm not everything is life and death!
13. Enjoy the ride - no need to hustle around chasing things when what you're doing currently isn't even over!
14. Don't worry about going bald!
15. Spend more time with your loved ones.
31-40 years old
16. You got to this place because of everything you did and didn't do
17. Standing up for yourself, making a decision and taking action wont make sense to others but believing in yourself will pay off
18. Understand your surroundings and audience, have standards stick to them and see what happens
19. There is no wrong or right decision... There is just a decision... Whatever path you chose there will be ups and downs but ultimately YOU create the possibilities!
20. Be grateful - it is a privilege to wake up every morning - focus less on yourself and what you are doing to the person next to you!
21.That everything will always be ok
We all have great stories and lessons we have learned... never be ashamed of them! They have shaped, strengthened and sharpened us!!!
Hi everyone! It has been a while since Ive gotten a update out but here is your #JUICEabc articles for November! Season is right around the corner and absolutely excited to see what is in store for our program! This month’s articles are amazing – we have tips on becoming a morning person, working with millennials and more lessons on leadership! We are all on this never ending quest to be better and I hope all of these articles can help…
Think about this…
I am a big Tony Robbins fan and his content is powerful… make sure to watch “Im not your guru” on Netflix when you have some time! I had a chance to catch Robbins on a Inside Quest video on youtube and as always it as fantastic… a few things he said really resonated with me and I want to share them with you.
“empower people in your path”
“Add more value than anyone else in your industry and then money wont become an issue”
“Success leaves clues – pay attention”
“Everything we do externally starts with internally”
If your interested in watching the whole episode visit Tony Robbins on the Science of Achievement - Inside Quest
If you do post one of the JUICE articles I ask to please include the hashtags #alwaysbecontagious or #JUICEabc
PURE SWEAT podcast
Was blessed to sit with Alan Stein on the Pure Sweat basketball podcast – touched on a variety of topics from recruiting, culture, practice and my divorce. Click here to listen!
In 5 years close to 50% of the workforce will be millennials but right now 100% of our student athletes are millennials. We must learn and embrace this so we can be effective eladers and communicators for them! Scroll down on #JUICE for more articles on millennials! We have expanded our ALWAYS workshops for businesses, sports teams and individuals – September has been packed! Click here to learn more and how we can help you!
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If you have attended one of our ABC workshops or a recent PGC clinic you have heard us talk about #JUICE (Just Understand… Its Crazy Energy!) JUICE folders have a variety of articles that motivates us to attack the day! In a world where we demand Juice/Energy from our players and people around us its always important for us to get it from somewhere and these articles below are our most recent additions! Feel free to share with anyone and everyone – they all have a different value and some will speak to you more than others! Don’t forget to send us a message here and please include your contact information so we can get back to you!
As you go thru the week – think about what you can do for the person next to you… your impact can be out of this world! Please share this newsletter with as many people as you can!
As a coach I get to work with some amazing student-athletes – they are talented, driven, hard working and passionate… but apparently they suffer from being that they called a millennium. Every time I talk to someone about this topic they make it sound like it’s the flu or something.
When I first heard the term millennium I did my research. I wanted to learn more! The information online is great… but the answers were staring right at me everyday! Close to 100% of the student population are millenniums – and so are my student-athletes! I realized that I could learn from them so much more than any article or YouTube video I can find.
I noticed that there are 6 key ingredients on how millennials live
Mobile – Nearly all millennials are attached to technology –They were essentially born with a Smartphone in their hands! They have been trained in instant gratification. They want to order a book – they order it on Amazon and they get it the next day! When we had to do research we would go to the library – now they have Google and can find anything and everything.
The downfall: human interaction suffers the ability to build deep meaningful relationships are lost.
Social – Millennials are obsessed with social media! More than 75% of millennials allow their professional and personal lives to share space by "friending" managers, coaches or teammates on Facebook, Twitter and/or Snapchat. They want to share their lives with everyone! On average millennials share 6 pieces of content on social media a day.
The downfall: On social media you can filter everything – millennials make their life look amazing when things really aren’t going well.
Collaboration – They want to collaborate more than they want to compete. Millennials grew up with parents who were more inclined to celebrate participation than reward hard work. They were brought up on collaboration rather then winning or losing. Getting things done in a team/family atmosphere is much more important.
The downfall: Competition is removed which makes leaders believe they are lazy and uninterested.
Fast feedback – This instant gratification Generation wants feedback and want it right away – they work harder when they know where they are going with all this hard work!
The downfall: Patience is lost – taking pride in a process is gone. Most areas in life after college are built on both of those.
Value meal sized – Millennials change tasks up to 20 times per hour. You don’t have much time getting your message across – think shorter doses of information – short videos (5 min or less) and resources where they can guide their own learning process
The downfall: Leaders believe their short attention span is a negative which makes them feel that they don’t understand hard work and the time it takes to get things accomplished.
Frame and let them go – Give them expectations and release them in to the wild! This Generation is all about discovery, finding their way and ultimately keeping control of their direction in life.
The downfall: Many of us coach and lead the way we were coached and led – that means we always had someone breathing down our neck. As leaders we must trust what they can do and let them flourish while making their mistakes!
Leaders have a very hard time with these 6 ingredients – it goes against everything they know and have learned. But being a good leader is being able to adjust on the fly. Some of the greatest leaders and coaches adjust their game plan without sacrificing their standards. Chip Kelly the current coach of the San Francisco 49ers had huge success at Oregon understanding millennials and how they learn and absorb information. We can do the same – with the right guidance and open mind creativity we can get the strong relationships and productivity from the largest, most diverse and talented generation we will see! Click the GET CONTAGIOUS button to learn how!
The 80’s and 90’s gave birth to Conan the Barbarian, Eddie Murphy, Hanson and Destiny’s Child and others – but the largest and most diverse generation was also conceived – The Millennials!
Working in collegiate athletics I get a front row seat on how millennials are interacting, behaving, managed and being coached. I see how different they are and I hear every person not born in the 80’s and 90’s complaining about them… Millennials are a breed all their own – they were born in the 80’s and 90’s and how they think and work are very different. They use technology to socialize – we all believe they don’t have the “workaholic” tenacity that “we had growing up”.
But it is time for leaders, employers and coaches to embrace the inevitable – that the millennials are here and we must do a better job to improve our outdated methods that just don’t work.
Here are a few statistics to consider…
By 2025 if not sooner millennials are expected to make up to 75% of the workforce
Pricewaterhouse one of the biggest accounting firms is planning for nearly 80% millennials in 2016 for their workforce
100% of our student-athletes are millennials…
50% of millennials are already in leadership roles
64% of those millennials feel prepared for their future roles
“In 2014, Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) became the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. Over the next 5 years, they will grow by 30% to 72 million, while Baby Boomers decline by 28% to 30 million.”
Millennials are not entitled but they do want engagement!
We have all heard the noise that millennials are spoiled and expect everything. But that’s not necessarily true. In the business world a recent study showed that training and development ranked over 200% higher than cash bonuses. In athletics studies and surveys continually show us that our student-athletes are more interested in the experiences and how they develop over everything else!
Millennials love hearing about experiences. They want to participate in the learning process. Engage in images when teaching them and they want to connect with you! (even if it doesn’t seem that way!) Millennials not only want continuous improvement and development but they expect their employers, coaches and leaders to provide them with the opportunities.
Over the next few weeks we will be breaking down how millennials live and what are ways you can engage them… This is truly an exciting time! As we get older some of the advice we give young people is that they have to be uncomfortable in order for them to grow…. Now we get to practice what we preach! Be open, see the ways where you can build relationships… Millennials are our future and we can leave a little bit more of our legacy by how well we adjust and motivate them for the future!
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#everydayisafriday - Everyday is an opportunity to take steps to the life you want! The "Making it to Wednesday" or "Its finally Friday" mindset must be adjusted - If Friday is the day of the week we look forward to then make everyday your Friday - this way you will bring enthusiasm, passion, drive and#juice to you and everyone around you! You are not here to be normal - You are here to be amazing! #motivation #bemore #chosen #lovelife#attackmindset
(spanish translation by Katherina Dimov)
#thirstythursdays - we are all thirsty for more - a better life, better job and better relationships! You already have all the ingredients to get to where you what to go! Take the steps you need to get there! #spreadtheword #motivation #thursday #bemore #greatday #passion #juice #alwaysbecontagious
All over the social media world you will see #wcw everywhere which usually stands for "Woman Crush Wednesday" but here at ABC we have officially changed that too "Winning Crush Wednesday"! Winning is more than just what you do on the playing field its about knowing that everyday you wake up you have already started winning your day! To many times we focus on the negativity and crisis but take the time to see the good and positive energy all around you... be addicted to winning the day - there really is no greater feeling! #WCW
Here at ABC we have officially take Tuesdays and made it our #truthtuesdays - a day where we look at our personal and professional lives and explore the truths of the ups and downs. Fear holds us back and teh only way we can get rid of the fear is to attack it as much as we can... yes the truth hurts but it will be more painful if we continue to hide behind it! Take the time today to find your truths and attack them over and over again - you will find a new you once you make it happen!
Each week we have been posting motivational/inspirational videos to our social media outlets... The support has been amazing and it is so important that all of know and understand that we are not alone in the world. This first video entitled "Its time to be amazing" hopefully will inspire you to know and feel that you were put on this earth to do extraordinary things! You were not here to be normal but to take others to where they've never been before... we can all empower and motivate others around you... I hope this video does exactly that! #happymonday