FROM THE BLOG: The 4 Things I Told My 7YO About Basketball • http://bit.ly/skelkey89 • #bewhatyoumake • And I need to start taking my own advice • The saga of youth basketball continues and my 7-almost-8YO is playing on a pretty decent team this year with some classmates. They’re learning A LOT about the sport this season, which is great. Even running a few plays. It’s all more than I expected, but exactly what I was hoping for. • They’re taking an “inch deep/mile wide” approach where they’re covering a lot of fundamentals but aren’t going too deep on any one just yet. We’re seeing improvement each practice so whatever the coaches are doing, it’s working. • One of the hardest things to both teach and understand, I feel, is knowing what to do and when to do it. That’s not just true for second grade basketball, that’s true for everyone in all aspects of life. • I’ve tried to distill the sport of basketball into 4 simple ideas for my guy. Hopefully he’ll one day see how these might apply to life off the court, but in the meantime, finding them helpful on the court each weekend will do. • 1. Use the whole court. • 2. Help whoever is helping you. • 3. Have composure in a crowded situation. • 4. Always know where you are on the court • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
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FROM THE BLOG: Don’t Compromise. Your Standards Define You. • http://bit.ly/skelkey88 • #bewhatyoumake • If it’s important to you, get the good stuff. • It’s kind of a first-world problem, I know, but whatever…choosing is still hard. There are so many options for whatever you’re looking for and it just so happens that they’re all super tempting. • We’re blessed to have choices wherever we go, but sometimes we don’t want to choose. Sometime we just want what we want, and we need to know that that’s ok. • Choosing vs. prioritizing • Part of choosing is prioritizing. When do you compromise and get whatever will work/is the best price/is immediately available, and when do you not compromise and only get exactly what you want and nothing else? • Depending on what you’re doing and what’s important to you, it’s ok to not compromise on some things. Standards can be very personal and are healthy to have. Also, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t feel the need to have to explain your standards to anyone…they don’t need to be agreed upon in a committee. You have them, they make sense to you, that really should kind of be it. • You can tell a lot about someone from their standards — where they choose to not skimp on anything and what little (or big) pieces of their lives they protect and hold important. What — to them — is non-negotiable. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
FROM THE BLOG: Say No to Starting a ‘Clean Slate’ This Year • http://bit.ly/skelkey87 • #bewhatyoumake • The old slate has all the great mistakes on it. Keep going. • We’ve all heard the term. Some of us have probably already said it a few times this year. It can take many forms, but the idea is similar… • “A clean slate.” • Start new. Start fresh. Start over. A nice, clean, blank canvas with which to do something amazing. You haven’t messed anything up on it yet, so the possibility of a “perfect” score is enticing. It’s not too late. It could still happen. • You’re smarter this year and won’t be making as many mistakes, right? • Wrong. You are smarter this year, but you’ll make just as many mistakes, if not more. They’ll just be different ones. Don’t stress about it. Being able to make mistakes is a privilege. • Part of improving is finding new mistakes to make • Sorry. I’m probably interrupting all the other “this is the year for the new you” blogs that you’ve been reading, but starting fresh…a clean slate…is not only impossible, but also kind of a horrible idea even if it were possible. What was wrong with the old you, anyway? I like the old you. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
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