Coach's Alphabet : K = Kickoff
 A dictionary of values to enhance the value of everyday life.
THE COACH'S ALPHABET is a tool to explore your values and thus your attitudes and emotions one letter at time, from A = ACCOUNTABILITY thru Z = ZEAL. It is a great structure except when arriving at a letter like K that lends itself to a limited number of options. In Volume One I wrote about the value of KNOWING, which seems to leave only KINDNESS for Volume Two, but that concept has been covered thru the recent values of BENEVOLENCE, GENEROSITY, and HOSPITALITY. In honor of the New Year I am utilizing poetic license to write a column called K = KICKOFF. Although it might not be a value, it does represent the value of new beginnings, the ENERGY of starting a new game, the OPPORTUNITY to cross a new threshold, and the chance to set the pace, tone, and intention as we move towards our goal.
I have to be honest, I know very little about football, but my understanding is that a KICK-OFF happens at the start of a game, when the ball is first put into play and goes from being static to being projected forward with great acceleration and purpose. Then, once a goal is made or points are scored, another KICK-OFF takes place - sending the ball back in the opposite direction and requiring you and your team to chase it down, tackle your opponents, and move it yard-by-yard and down-by-down back towards your goal.
In football, as in life, we can get frustrated when overpowered or outsmarted by our opponents, when we find ourselves sidelined by our bad choices or someone else's bad calls. Yet, we understand the back-and-forth nature required to progress towards a win, we appreciate and accept the need to alternate between offense and defense, and we often find it exhilarating when the game is so well matched in leads into overtime.
Whether we win or lose on and off the field depends on our ability to muster the ENERGY, resilience, and PASSION to KICK-OFF as many times as necessary. It also relies on our having the perception, patience, and judgment to receive the KICK-OFF coming in our direction and either hold our ground, or if all of the stars align, run ahead without distraction for 90 yards and make the touchdown.
Each football team is made up smaller teams--special teams each with unique talents and functions. As this year is kicking off, it would be helpful to:
  • Clarify your goals,
  • Identify your special talents and functions,
  • Gather a team around you to fill in the gaps and cover your ___, 
  • Create a strategy to successfully move forward past obstacles and towards your end zone, &
  • Kick as hard as you can!
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