‘To Do’ vs. ‘To Be’ in the New Year

by Cassie Reilly-Boccia

Happy New Year AW Geniuses!

As the 2014 year comes to a close, I wanted to talk briefly about resolutions and setting goals being that this is the common theme during this time of year.

There are plenty of articles out there that explain, “10 Best Ways to Pick Your New Year Resolution”, “How to stick to your 2015 goals”, etc.

Regardless of what you plan to do, I challenge each of you to always have a ‘To Be’ goal vs. a ‘To Do’ goal.

The difference?

A ‘To Do’ sounds like a list of things you have to check off. Once you check off the list, the item that was once a burden on your list is now a thing of the past and off of your mind.

However, a ‘To Be’ goal is what will illicit true change in a person and lead to a more successful mindset.

It is important to understand and note that any achievement worth working towards is going to take a lot of time and an enormous amount of effort. I have been a part of many teams in the past and the number one thing that separated the successful teams from the rest was the team’s ability to ‘make payments’ in the present in order to afford a future goal.

For example: An athlete who is working toward making his or her varsity team in the spring must understand that in order to do this it does not take just a superior attitude and effort at the tryout. They understand that this level of effort and attitude must be present during every aspect of their life leading up to the tryout. At the beginning of workouts in the fall, this athlete might find it difficult to drag themselves to a workout or make good decisions come meal time. Although, after just a little bit of the athlete continuously working on being the best they can possibly be at all aspects of their life, they will all of a sudden recognize these ‘burdens’ or ‘chores’ turn from a ‘I have to go work out today’ to ‘I get to go work out today.’ Still, the athlete pushes their body past the point of comfort, listens to what their body needs (adequate sleep, water, and food) and before they know it the ‘get to’ turns into a ‘want to’.

I have been fortunate enough to be a part of a team with this type attitude at Athletes Warehouse. Our staff does not view our duties in order for this company to run as a ‘job’ or ‘burden’ but instead as an enormous opportunity. Each and every one of us relish in the opportunity to coach athletes and pour our passion and knowledge from past experience into the facility and the athletes that come through our doors on a daily basis.

We promise to constantly challenge ourselves TO BE prepared, passionate, and diligent in every aspect of our lives. We will hold ourselves accountable to these standards as we welcome in the New Year and hope to continue helping others in our lives do the same.

Happy New Year to you all and we hope to see you soon!

Setting goals can be tough. Setting goals that are high but you can get to them are good. Setting goals should increase as the goals get bigger.

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Cassie comes to Athletes Warehouse after winning a National Championship for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Softball team and completing her Masters where she focused on the biomechanics of the female athlete softball swing. She serves as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Softball Coach, and Director of Research and Development ensuring that she is pouring her passion for knowledge and overall athletic development into those she has the opportunity to work with. She is a published author of the book, Finished It - A Team's Journey to Winning it All; where she highlights the triumphs and tribulations of the 2012 Women's College World Series.

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Cassie comes to Athletes Warehouse after winning a National Championship for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Softball team and completing her Masters where she focused on the biomechanics of the female athlete softball swing. She serves as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Softball Coach, and Director of Research and Development ensuring that she is pouring her passion for knowledge and overall athletic development into those she has the opportunity to work with. She is a published author of the book, Finished It - A Team's Journey to Winning it All; where she highlights the triumphs and tribulations of the 2012 Women's College World Series.

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