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Doing hard things

I recently took a new coaching position with a school that has never offered tackle football. For years they have had great success with a flag football program. Over the interview process, several folks have commented that they were excited about a sport which would challenge young men. The saying which kept being shared was a community desire for their young men to "do hard things."

As a football coach, I'm constantly pushing my players to do hard things. Whether it's learning how to be student of the game, enhancing their skills or working through a difficult game, I believe that embracing challenges is an essential part of growth and development.

Doing hard things builds resilience and mental toughness. When players push themselves to do things that are outside of their comfort zones, they learn to cope with stress and adversity in a healthy way. This translates into better performance on the field, as well as improved mental health and well-being off the field.

Additionally, doing hard things helps players develop a growth mindset. When players are willing to take on challenges and embrace the process of learning and improving, they become more open to feedback and more willing to take risks. This leads to greater creativity and innovation on the field, as well as a sense of personal empowerment and agency.

Of course, doing hard things isn't always easy. It can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and even painful at times. As coaches, our jobs are to help players navigate these challenges. This might mean breaking down difficult tasks into smaller steps, providing encouragement and feedback along the way, or helping players identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

This verse encourages us to be steadfast and persistent in our efforts, even when the work is hard or the results are not immediately apparent. Trials and challenges can actually be opportunities for growth and development. By persevering through difficult situations, we can strengthen our faith and character. We are not alone in our struggles. With God's help, we can overcome even the most difficult challenges

Ultimately, the goal of doing hard things is to help us reach our full potential. Whether that means becoming a better Christian or athlete, embracing challenges is an essential part of growth and development.

As football coaches, we should count ourselves blessed. Football gives us an excellent vehicle through which to challenge players physically, emotionally and spiritually. My prayer is that we constantly turn to the Lord for guidance when undertaking the mission of helping players become the best versions of themselves, both on and off the field.


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