Byron's Babbles

Attitude is Like a Cold

Posted in Coaching, Education, Leadership by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on October 6, 2011

You’ve heard of “Soccer Moms,” now your going to hear from a “Soccer Teacher.” I’ve always recognized that I learn from my students every day and am proud to have formed the positive relationships with my students to have that learning. Last night was no exception. Nine out of the eleven starters on the Lebanon High School Men’s Soccer Team are students of mine and 4 of the other players are also students, so I love to attend our soccer games and believe it is important to support them. Last night was sectional and unfortunately we lost to Westfield 4-0, but that’s not the point of this post.

The point of this post is “Attitude.” During my morning personal leadership/devotion time I read the October 6th entry – “Your Attitude Influences Others” in John Maxwell’s The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You. The part that stuck out to me was when Maxwell said, “Leadership is influence. People catch our attitudes just like they catch our colds.”

One of my students, Garrett Breedlove (pictured above with Trey Hendrix), passed his attitude on to his teammates last evening just like a cold. With about two minutes left, down 4-0, Garrett ran across the field with the passion and energy of a beginning of the game play. The crowd was enthused and so were Garrett’s teammates. This took tremendous attitude and character to still be playing as hard down 4-0 with only 2 minutes left as at the beginning of the game. I can only imagine how tough it would be to still play with attitude and passion in a game situation like that.

As a pro-youth athletics person I believe that Garrett and his teammates are learning a tremendous lesson in passing on a contagious attitude. No matter what our circumstance, we must work to have a great attitude – realizing we are passing that attitude – good or bad – on to others with the contagiousness of a cold.

Thanks for the lesson Garrett!

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  1. Do You Edify? « Byron's Babbles said, on February 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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