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Whether it's your profession or not, everyone engages in teaching and coaching. Keep this data from Ann Wylie at the American Press Institute in mind as you go about explaining things:
  • When the average sentence length was few than eight words, readers understood 100 percent of the story.
  • Even at nine to 14 words, readers could understand more than 90 percent of the information.
  • But move up to 43-word sentences, and comprehension dropped to less than 10 percent.
Perspiration

The Lutheran Educators Conference (LEC) is annually held the week of Thanksgiving. This year, I'll be facilitating a discussion around coaching team and organizational culture as part of the conference's Ed Camp programming. If you're not in San Diego for the conference, I'd still love to hear your thoughts on culture.
Inspiration

Our performers have had a great fall. Here are some of the highlights:
  • state championships in boys doubles tennis, girls doubles tennis, boys cross-country, boys soccer, and girls soccer
  • a 56 yard field goal
  • team and individual records in volleyball and golf
  • all conference, all region, and all state selections
  • business growth and positive investment returns in spite of inflation
  • mentee Alix Croop passed her CMPC exam to become the 4th CMPC in Las Vegas.
My goal is to help performers thrive in the moments that matter, and it's particularly gratifying to see and hear coaches and athletes implementing what they've learned while passing along their knowledge to those around them. When it comes to the mental game, when you do the work, the work works.
Preparation

As we approach Thanksgiving, gratitude will come to the forefront of our thinking. When individuals engage in gratitude practices, they experience:
  • Improved mental health 
  • More happiness and fulfillment
  • Greater meaning in life
  • Improved interpersonal relationships
  • Better sleep and physical health 
It is safe to say that individual performance benefits from all of the above. Likewise, team cohesion, enjoyment, and relationships between players and coaches will also be enhanced. If you'd like to take a deep dive on gratitude, check out this research. In the meantime, you don't have to wait until Thanksgiving to practice gratitude. You can make it part of your practice by identifying three things you're grateful for each day, journaling about moments of gratitude, and/or writing a letter of gratitude.
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