This weeks tip is from Michigan State head basketball coach, Tom Izzo. Izzo has won 524 games at Michigan State, gone to 7 Final Fours, and won the 2000 NCAA championship.

“Discipline is the greatest form of love you can show someone. Great players crave discipline.”

Tom izzo

When I saw this quote the other day from Coach Izzo I immediately thought back to a conversation I had with someone who was adamant that disciplined needed to be administered in love. But discipline without love is not discipline – it’s retribution. All true discipline is done in love…and we all need it.

Why do great players crave discipline? Because they know they need it and they have the courage & maturity to respond well to it.

Coaches, discipline your players; you’re not stifling their creativity or being hard on them, you’re loving them! Players, have the wisdom to know you need discipline and the humility to accept it.

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1

How do you become humble enough to accept discipline and gain the wisdom to know you need it? Read this book. It’s an excellent example of a good player becoming great by learning humility.

The Blue Team Novel

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