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Sunday, December 21, 2008

The “True Champion” Code

I will

- Consistently, and without reservation, strive to reach my full potential.

- Be committed and disciplined in my approach.

- Take personal responsibility, and any action necessary, to achieve team and individual goals.

- Demonstrate a deep desire to succeed, applying passion and heart to any and every task at hand.

- Show an impeccable and relentless work ethic that only true dedication provides.

- Set priorities, and make the required sacrifices, that enhance the chances for athletic success.

- Persevere through adversity with a positive attitude and concentration that strives toward excellence and mastery.

- Establish a mindset that highly encourages the belief and confidence that one can accomplish anything, if they are so willing.

- Apply a training and competitive focus that creates the opportunity to transform the impossible into the possible.

All set on a foundation of strong character and integrity that beseeches one to do the right thing just because it is the right thing to do

And so you may ask – “Why follow a code of such standard?”

Because I believe I can make a difference

And because I believe it

Then it is something I should do

Because it is something I should do

Then it is something I will do

So I toil and sweat both through the good days and the bad

Chipping away at any weakness that following the code may reveal within

Creating inspiration from athletic experiences of days gone by

From future experiences that have yet to occur

And from those who may someday attempt to walk the same path

Never giving up

Never giving in

And never swaying – but for a moment

From the Code of a True Champion

“Why?”, again, one might ask

Simply – Because I can!!!

                                 Kirk Mango 2009

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Strong Leadership

Strong leadership, like a river,
keeps moving no-matter what lies in its path

Whether sand, rock, or even a mountain;
water will always find its way

It may be forceful or subtle, yet,
always present and relentless

Never giving in and never giving up
Wearing away any resistance that it encounters

It will take any course necessary in order to accomplish its goal
Whatever that goal might be

Yes, leadership is like a river, always moving forward and always in a positive direction, bringing with it all that it surrounds

Like a team with a captain steering the ship through treacherous waters setting the right example with his or her positive actions, choices and behavior

Never giving up, never giving in, and with true belief in their teammates and the direction they wish to travel

And like a river, always moving that team forward, and in a positive direction,
toward its ultimate potential and toward their ultimate goal

Whatever that goal might be

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Is a loss always just a loss? Not necessarily

Normally I try to keep my articles and blog posts specific to athletes as a whole and shy away from making them directly personal. However, I recently had the opportunity, and pleasure, of witnessing an example of the true caring discussed in my last blog article Four Attributes That Lead To Athletic Greatness. This vivid example occurred at the culmination of a volleyball match between the University of Louisville, the team my daughter plays for, and highly-ranked Purdue University during the first round of the NCAA tournament. Louisville lost in a hotly-contested 5-game match where lead exchanges occurred throughout. Yet, after watching the match unfold, in addition to seeing the personal and team growth and development the coaching staff promoted and encouraged during the season, I was left with a question, “was this loss really a loss or a beginning?” Oh yes, the scoreboard did read 16 – 14 Purdue at the end of the 5th and deciding game, giving the Boilermakers the go-ahead win into the second round, but the end of the story, hmmm – I am not so sure that will be the case here. From my perspective, I do believe that this particular “loss” may truly represent something much more than an end. That is if I am reading correctly what I saw written on the faces and in the eyes of the Louisville girls after the game as they re-entered the gym from their post-game locker room meeting.


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