Turn off your electronics, unplug your phones, and don’t look back.
As we like to say at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we harness sports as a vehicle to capture kids’ attention and provide a concrete way to teach them life’s lessons. Right now, you can’t turn on a television or open up a social media site without being bombarded by news, opinions, and speculation about the men and women currently seeking public office. Why not harness that?
They are devoted to your mission.
They are understanding, kind, and compassionate.
They help improve the lives of others.
They are driven and inspired to serve.
They are volunteers.
When you are recruiting long-term volunteers, it’s not unlike having part-time staff. You’re looking for someone to show up regularly at pre-scheduled times, for a certain duration, and to serve in a particular role on the team. Even in a group mentoring program where you have multiple mentors, consistency is key! Kids and mentors need to be able to build relationships over time. Success is not recruiting 10 new volunteers—it’s getting those volunteers to stick around.
As we start the winter sports season, some of you might be looking for some team building activities—although they are great to use any time! Here’s one from our Playbook for Coaching Uncommon Athletes:
Have you ever thought about just how much we speak with other people during the course of a day? According to a study from the University of Missouri, we spend 70-80% of our day in some form of communication. Of the 70-80%, 9% is spent writing, 16% reading, 30% speaking and 45% is listening (Lee & Hatesohl). Most of our communication is listening to other people.
Choosing the path that we want to take for our future can be difficult. There may be some obstacles or unexpected challenges that come in your way that may make you feel like quitting, but it is up to you whether you continue to strive for your goals. A strong work ethic and the decision of making positive choices gives us the ability to reach these goals that we set for ourselves. We can set both short and long-term goals that can help us accomplish our dreams.