Allen’s Blog: Connecting Coaches to the Best Practices: Motivation 0

Allen’s Blog: Connecting Coaches to the Best Practices: Motivation

“Whatever your mind can conceive, your heart believes, you can achieve!”

That is was what Donnie Moore told the United States Men’s National Team in a small ballroom at a suburban Miami hotel in September 2012.

Of course, those worlds could ring hollow to a group of veteran professional athletes, who have heard just about all you can imagine. But that is of course before Donnie proceeded to put on a physical and mental demonstration (http://youtu.be/4PVTCFNhTcM) like none of us in that room that day had seen before in person.

My closest friend from graduate school, who has made a great career and a name for himself motivating professional athletes, including the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys, connected Donnie and I together. And to say the very least, Donnie Moore is someone that you will meet once, and never, ever forget!

Donnie is a very highly-regarded chaplain – and all around great guy – for Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s. Donnie’s own story and his incredible stories speak to the heart and his amazing feats of strength are not only impactful, but always seemingly perfect for the audience. In this case, it was a group of players on the eve of embarking on the long Road to Brazil and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals.

Days have turned into weeks and eventually months since Donnie spent a couple of days with the U.S. team. But Donnie’s words and message are still echoing loud and clear in the minds and hearts of the U.S. players as they get their 2014 World Cup underway.

In the quiet, reflective moments within preparation, the players are thinking back to not only Donnie’s powerful message, but also about all the people that matter the most on their own individual journey to this moment and time.

One thing is clear, while there are many forms and ways to motivate, only the most genuine and authentic motivation truly inspires individuals and teams. I can tell you the experience the team, staff and I had with Donnie resonates because it is a real gift given to others, from the heart and soul.

“Whatever your mind can conceive, your heart believes, you can achieve!”

 

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