Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blessed in Core Principles

I have been incredibly blessed to have a very cool career in sports and business, travelling and speaking all over the world, and as a result, have learned non-stop my whole life.  If I knew then what I know now, through all this life-long learning…WOW…I’d have known a lot! Here are some things I know now:

Pursue joy not happiness.  Joy is enduring…happiness is fleeting.

Adopt perseverance and persistence as core principles.  Nothing meaningful in life comes without them…everything meaningful in life is possible with them.  Including athletic pursuits!

Have a strong core set of beliefs.  This will help  a ton:  I believe we all need a core set of principles that is our touchstone and guides us through the good and the bad that will surely come our way throughout life.  Develop and nurture your core, and life’s biggest challenges will be overcome by sticking to your principles and following them through thick and thin.  I have seen lots of friends become confused, depressed and anxious when they didn’t have a strong core to rely on during trying times.  Build a strong core in your life, just as great athletes build their core strength and a core of skills in athletics.

Tom Crawford
CEO USA Ultimate
Siena College Graduate
M.A. from Purdue University
Double Phd from Indiana University (Performance Psychology and Motor Development)

Fun Facts about Tom or Tom C as he says:

10 years as the Director of Coaching and Managing Director for high performance programs for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Has worked with NBA, NFL, MLB, and professional tennis players.
Senior Director for National Institute of Fitness and Sport

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