Yin, Yang, and the Balance of Everything

Mar 28, 13 Yin, Yang, and the Balance of Everything

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One of the many many things we discuss during the spring swim seasons at Ramona is the idea of balance. I've always taken a shine to the Daoist symbol of Yin and Yang and its ability to remind us about the idea of balance; so much so that I made it our team logo.  Now, aside form the fact that I think it looks really cool, the...

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At least…

Apr 09, 12 At least…

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Sometimes we all get into a funk. I'm not talking about the big-hair, bell-bottomed, kung-fu-kicks in the air kind of funk either. This is the funk where we look at what we are doing to reach our goals, determine that we are not as far along as we'd like to be, and then say, "Well, AT LEAST I'm not as bad as _____" or "At least I do...

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Commitment

Feb 24, 12 Commitment

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Every high school coach winds up talking to their athletes about commitment. Sometimes we have students in our program who join the team and show up only once a week, and the coach wonders why they would join a team at all; another student joins the team fully committed, never missing a meeting, practice or team event. Like several...

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Flow

Feb 23, 12 Flow

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During swim season, a word I throw around a lot is FLOW. Water flows; "Go with the flow" is something people say; while doing work, one might achieve a "flow"; off a weekend, or vacation, or after an event that takes us out of our daily routine we might talk about getting back into the "flow" of things. So what is this flow we...

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Short Term vs Long Term

There is something that is endlessly fascinating about people and how they find motivation to do things. Dealing with students on a daily basis, I get to see young people in a constant life-experiment, where they are forever testing new ideas to see what works and what doesn't, what makes them happy and what doesn't, what gets...

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Readiness

I had a conversation at the end of the fall polo season with a coach I hold a lot of respect for, and what seemed to be an old adage at the time has stuck with me: "Luck is when readiness meets opportunity."  This "luck" had helped him lead 5 different teams to C.I.F. Championships during his time as coach. Luck? I don't think so....

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