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What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?

cleats2By Coach Marc

In January 2009, Crystl Bustos received the 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year award. 

It’s definitely a well-deserved honor for who is considered by many to be one of the best hitters to ever play the game especially after her 2008 stellar season.

Here’s a quote in the news release by USA Softball:

“She leaves behind a legacy not only as the most  powerful hitter in the game, but also as a leader on and off the field.”

As you probably remember, she was one of the few players on the US team  to leave her cleats at home plate after the Olympic final.

This powerful symbol means that you just played your last game and that are you’re retiring.

After you retire from something, people will usually talk about what you are leaving behind and what you will most be remembered for.

So, let me ask you, as a coach or as a player…

  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • What do you want people to talk about when you retire?
  • What legacy will you leave behing?

These are powerful questions.

What would people say if you were to leave today?

Think about it for a second and be honest with yourself.

What would people say about you today if you were to leave the game and is that what you would want to be remembered for?

If so – then great. If not, think really hard about what image you’re carrying and how to conduct yourself on the field.

Every single day, whether at games or practices, you want  to conduct yourself and act like you want to be remembered.

That’s important. You build your legacy every day.

And keep in mind, people selective memory and ONLY remember  the dominant trait or characteristic.

In other words, if you happen to be unpleasant, selfish, or have a bad attitude on a regular basis, that’s what people will remember you for even though you might be a nice, helpful
and respectful person at other times.

Write down what you want people to remember your for and what legacy you want to leave behind and be that person every single ON and OFF the field whether you’re a coach or a player.


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