March 21, 2011

quote of the week

"people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
-teddy roosevelt

this is my approach to life. especially coaching. my kids don't care that i've played volleyball since i was 11. they don't care that i played in college (well, sometimes they do). they don't care that i know ridiculous rules and nitty gritty aspects of the game. that's all fine and good, but it makes no difference if i don't care about them as people first. if they don't respect me, it makes no difference what i know.

i want my kids to be better volleyball players when they leave me, but more importantly, i want them to be better young women. more confident. harder workers. more disciplined. more encouraging. and so on. they won't get that if they don't know how much i care about them individually. how committed i am to them. that i would do anything for them. that i want them to grow and develop as young women more than volleyball players. that i want them to know and encounter the joy of living each day for Christ's glory.

so, i make an effort each day to let them know how much i care about them. then, once they know that i care and they can trust me, my knowledge of the game will come in handy. and in the end, they'll be be better players and better young women too. mission: accomplished.

here's to letting people know you care,


live unashamedly :: laugh uncontrollably :: love unconditionally.

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