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get mental: erika carlson

Commitment matters. It’s a factor in your sport enjoyment, in your long-term sport success and your life skill development. Research tells us that long-term participation in sports help is more psychologically beneficial than with intermittent participation. However, it’s not unusual to see a mismatch between how committed a player thinks he/she is and how committed his/her coach thinks he/she is. Jeff Janssen’s book, “The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual” offers an excellent measurement tool, “The Commitment Continuum,” which can be used for both self-assessment and in a unique way to get extra feedback from your coach. First, rate yourself. How committed are you?



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Compliants will do what they are told by their coaches and team leaders. They are obedient soldiers who do what is expected, but they lack the initiative to go above and beyond the call of duty.


Committed people willingly go the extra mile in order to reach their goals. They are self-motivated, meaning that they do not need someone else to tell them what to do, or watch over their shoulder to make sure they are doing it.


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SJ Issue 78, Dec. 19, 2013  

Sac-Joaquin Issue 78, December 19, 2013