“That’s why preparation and practice are so important. You can’t just wake up one day and think you’re good-you have to become good.” –Anonymous True confidence is not simply a character trait. It is a nurtured skill that takes time and effort to cultivate. It requires encouragement and praise from outside forces, but also effort

Learning from Setbacks and Attacking Adversity

“Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.” –Robert Schuller The truth is: everyone faces failure. There is no secret formula that excludes certain leaders, performers, or athletes from this reality. In fact, the great names of the world would not be as acclaimed as they are without their ability

Persistence Above Performance

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” –Abraham Lincoln Persistence is the power to hold on in spite of hardships. It is the ability to face defeat again and again without giving up. Persistence means enduring pain to overcome tough obstacles. It requires strength, power,

The Mizzou Football Family

“We are family. We are Mizzou.” Mizzou Football means a lot of things. It is part of the SEC. It is an athletic powerhouse and has won 15 conference titles. However, the most significant trait of Mizzou Football is family. The family atmosphere is so powerful that it is contagious. The atmosphere attracts rookie talent

The Law of the Price Tag

“The good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar If a team fails to reach its full potential, rarely is it a matter of resources or an issue of ability. It is almost always a payment issue. A team does not reach its full potential unless it is willing

The Truth About Hard Work

“Without labor nothing prospers.” –Sophocles  There are no shortcuts to any achievement. That’s why you never see laziness or inefficiency rewarded or respected. No one simply wakes up in the morning, decides to be successful and then achieves it through the power of thought alone. Truly successful individuals have put in hard work, and the

Overcoming Differences

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – Winston Churchill When a team works in harmony, it doesn’t mean that conflict is absent. It is inevitable that conflict and differences will arise at some point. A team is comprised of people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and unless

The Law of the Playmaker

“A champion pays an extra price to be better than anyone else.” –Bear Bryant Winning teams have players who make things happen. Plain and simple. If a team isn’t intentionally fighting to move up, then it inevitably slides down. The competition doesn’t grant favors or ease up when teammates decide not to give 100 percent

The Law of Accountability

“Coaches and players can say anything they want, but if they don’t back it up with performance and hard work, the talking doesn’t mean a thing.” –Michael Jordan You have probably heard the phrase “Actions speak louder than words.” This is a truth that applies to all areas of life, especially for a sports team.

Setting Goals

    “First say what you would like to be, and then do what you have to do.” –Epictetus In the pursuit of excellence and success, there are many days full of tears, sweat and grueling work to be accomplished. While the long-term goal of reaching the finish line does bring energy and drive, small