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January 2, 2014

Tim Kolodziej: Four quotes to live by in 2014

NEW CASTLE — Happy new year, everyone!

Unreal.

I'm still writing 2012 on my checks and … this?

Anyway, I love the idea of a fresh start, a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew. Besides, it's the only time of the year when sports fans can actually celebrate a ball being DROPPED.

But humor me for a moment. As we turn the calendar and begin our journey into 2014, I'd like to take one quick look back.

I'm an avid reader and a collector of thought-provoking quotes. Today, I'd like to reflect on four I picked up in 2013 and how they might move us forward into the new year.

Ponder them. Share them. Take them wherever you like.

But please — please — take them to heart.

I certainly will.

Our Daily Habits ...

The Quote: "With every decision you make, you are deciding who you want to be." — Jon Gordon

The Lesson: Life is nothing but a compound effect. What we repeatedly do, the directions we repeatedly go, what we repeatedly allow inside of our minds and bodies, is training us to live a certain way.

If you consistently choose fear, we train ourselves to be more fearful. If we consistently choose fast food over a healthier alternative, we've chosen to gain weight and slowly poison our bodies. If we consistently choose reality TV and Internet over good books, we've chosen to drift and distract.

So true. So simple. So hard.

So worth it to make the right choices.

Sports Coaching ...

The Quote: "A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime." — Billy Graham

The Lesson: This is powerful for those entrusted to lead young people on a field of play. We have tremendous impact over their lives. We influence their mindset, confidence, how they respond to authority, how they respond to adversity, and so much more.

It's a responsibility we must not take lightly.

This year, let's focus more on building young men and women more than building a resume. Let's focus more on the Jills and Joes than the X's and O's. Let's focus on developing great people and not just great players.

That's a win in anybody's book.

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