Five Life Skills

By Jeff Rayburn, Head Football Coach / Athletic Coordinator

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a coach. I believe that coaching is a calling and one of the most important professions in the world. The importance comes from the impact we have on the daily lives of impressionable student athletes.  It is easy to get caught up in the X’s and O’s, winning, and striving for greatness at times, but in the big picture none of that matters. What matters most as a coach are the life lessons we teach, and relationships we form with our student athletes.

As coaches, we are always searching for ways to incorporate life lessons in to our respective sport. Early on in my coaching career I was fortunate enough to work in an inner city school where we, the coaches, were the few positive role models for our student athletes. This reality pushed us both personally and professionally to ensure that we were striving daily to incorporate life lessons in everything we did.

Our head coach at the time instituted the “Five Life Skills” that we would talk about as a team daily and how those life skills affected our lives now and in the future. Here at Lone Star, we have continued to preach the “Five Life Skills.” Mastery of these life skills will help lead to success in whatever endeavor or path our student athletes choose.

Five Life Skills:

Discipline is crucial for any person in any walk of life if they are to be successful. Being on time, turning in assignments, finishing through the line, executing a particular technique, and responding to coaches correctly (yes sir/ no sir) are all small examples of being disciplined.

Do what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, and do it that way all the time.

Regular exercise and living an active lifestyle both promote good health physically, emotionally and mentally, all of which lead to a happier, healthier life.

Being able to work with others is a key component. Whether it’s classmates, teammates, or co-workers, we all must learn to respect and have relationships with others. Being able to work with and learn from peers is a vital part of making it in life.

Every one of our players will have a boss one-day or have to answer to some type of authority figure. Learning how to respond and interact with their boss, coach, teacher, or law enforcement will determine their success or lack thereof.

We talk to our student athletes about only worrying about things they can control. How they handle adversity and their emotions will determine if the next play or the next phase of their life will be successful.

The wins and losses, trophies, and accolades will come and go but the relationships and life lessons will be with our student athletes forever. It is both our duty and calling as coaches to instill life lessons that will help our athletes become successful in their next phase of life. These lessons are much more important than anything else we can teach our athletes. We feel that if our student athletes can utilize and master these “Five Life Skills,” then they will have a much better chance at success in whatever they do.