• Follow Your Heart

    Posted: December 3rd, 2005


    Coach Mike Krzyzewski has tought me the power of Following Your Heart.

    Follow Your Heart
    By: Farouk G. Mansour

    When you feel that your lost and torn apart.
    Follow your greatest compass your heart.

    When you are feeling down, and you are wearing a frown.
    Your Heart has the ability to turn that around.

    When a decision is to be made, and the decision you fear.
    Follow your heart, and the answer will be clear.

    When you are in the midst of a battle, and your energy is what you lack.
    Follow your heart and it will bring it back.

    When you are living life and life throws out a test.
    Follow your heart, and it will bring out your best.

    When your dreams are slipping away, and you want to leave.
    Follow your heart, and it will make you believe.

    When you feel afraid, and the end is near.
    Follow your heart, and it will erase that fear.

    When your feeling down and you need to rise above.
    Follow your heart, and you will recieve the greatest warmth of LOVE.

    No matter what you face, if you follow your heart, you will beat it in any race.

Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K
Adversity

Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K
Adaptability

You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K
Challenges

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K
Courage

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K
Balance

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K
Belief

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K
Communication

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K
Care

When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K
Commitment

When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K
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