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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


For anyone that has read the "Winners Manual" by Coach Jim Tressel, you probably woke up this morning, much like I, with mixed emotions and a small sense of betrayal.  For Buckeye Nation, you've come to appreciate elevated expectations of the football program, it's players, the product and perhaps to an extent a larger than life, holier than now and inordinate (in relation to other major Div. I football coaches) value of the man that sits at the helm of it all - Jim Tressel.  Perhaps, just like his players, Coach Tressel needs to reflect upon his "Purpose" and not get caught up in the "Goals" that I'm sure, is easily done and by knowing the Buckeye Nation expectations - can sometimes thwart ones logic or influence ones judgement for the sake of the "W".  

Aside from that, I still value the man and can't wait to see what he has in store for our beloved Buckeyes next... Here's the Block "O" of Life - Purpose and Goals.

The “PURPOSE” Components of the Block O

The top half of the Block O refers to our purpose.  Purpose comprises those aspects of life that define who we are as individuals and the kind of people we want to become.  We start with Purpose because we know that our spiritual beliefs and ethical values, and our commitment to personal integrity, family, and community, will become the foundation for all of our goals and everything else we do in life.  By starting with Purpose, we establish the importance of becoming whole people, not just good football players.

The “Goals” Components of the Block O

On the bottom half of the Block O, we list our goals.  This section is what we do, as opposed to what we are.  We know that football is our players’ favorite subject.  That’s why we’re here together, and that’s our common bond.  We have exceptionally high goals in mind for the group, and those come first in our team goals.  The needs of the team always come first, but that shouldn’t negatively affect an individual’s dreams concerning what he wants to become.  We’re going to give our players a plan that we believe will help us achieve our team goals and at the same time allow them to reach their individual goals.  It’s our job as coaches to show our team what they have to do to grow and develop so they can reach those football goals.

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