Friday, September 7, 2012


Jane Sez:  Since we're all almost settled into the whole back-to-school thing, I thought the time was right to share this post from one of my favorite coaches/trainers of all time, Mike Boyle.


Mike Boyle

Sorry to go all “philosophical” on you but, I think this is important.

In a recent StrengthCoach post related to youth sports and early
specialization (this time the specific topic was youth winter indoor
football) one of my readers and frequent contributors
Michelle Hart-Miller, a wonderful person and excellent coach,
sounded almost despondent in her response.

“In this society I’m beginning to question making any effort at all.”

My response was to post The Paradoxical Commandments, a series
of wonderful inspirational thoughts that have found there way around
the world. On some of my worst days dealing with any problem I try to
remember the concept of “Anyway”. The Paradoxical Commandments
were written in 1968 by Kent Keith and are contained in a book
called AnyWay.

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot
down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

I truly believe this is what keeps me coaching. One small victory
can offset numerous losses.


So sez Mike.  So say I.  Be Well.

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