“Do your job!” This is something football fans are accustomed to hearing from two of the sport’s preeminent coaches.
“Do your job” reminds even the best
Both the New England Patriots and Alabama Crimson Tide head coaches, Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, respectively, repeat this mantra over and again to their teams. Apparently, it works, too. Both programs perennially dominate their competition.
Distractions are the bane of an athlete’s existence. They draw an athlete’s attention away from the job at hand. And when that happens, the potential for poor performance is there. To avoid that from happening, Belichick and Saban continually remind players, “Do your job!” They know players require reminders during competition. See, even athletes at the top of their game need this reinforcement. We all do, especially youngsters.
“Do your job” works for parents, too
For high school student-athletes, their parents could do worse than to learn from these legendary, successful coaches. While coaches can, and usually do, remind kids to “do your job” when practicing and competing, it’s on parents to do the same at home. Essential things like time management, healthy eating, and productive study habits do not come naturally to youngsters. They are taught and learned habits. And when parents ignore their teaching role, especially early on in a child’s life, their children pay the price later by having to adopt habits which are fundamentally better for them. But the older they get, the harder it is to change.
Parents only need to look at their own struggles with eating well, maintaining focus at work, and keeping their lives and homes highly organized. These are all learned behaviors. That is not meant to encourage parents to blame their own parents for their shortcomings. Instead, it is to encourage parents to redirect their kids’ attitudes and habits if those habits are harmful, not helpful. Youngsters are pliable and willing to take on new things when they understand the benefits to them personally, academically, socially, athletically, etc.
Using “Do your job” as a constant reinforcement tool is a way parents can hold their kids accountable and responsible. And when that regularly occurs, kids become better and happier students, athletes, citizens, and people.