Deepen Personal Accountability

Personal Accountability. I skipped links Christmas week to celebrate with my family. This is the first set of links for the new year. I’m looking forward to 2020 and launching a new business, deepening my commitment to learning, helping old friends and new friends alike live their best lives.

Happy New Year and enjoy this week’s links.

personal accountability in the new year

“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” – Marcus Aurelius

Personal Accountability

To Improve Your Team, First Work on Yourself (HBR)

Meet the Harvard professor who is shaping the destiny of football stars (the Guardian)

What I’ve learned is that they can do a lot more than what we’ve seen them do on the field. There are some lessons that are very transferable – performing under high-pressure situations, working as part of a team, which all businesses are. They have worked under great leaders and probably bad ones, too.

What it means to lead with impact (FC)

How Ohio State’s Chase Young uses meditation to become an elite player (USAToday)

“They say the game is all mental,” he said. “I just looked up how to become more focused, how to be sharper mentally. They say meditation is one.”

Forget ‘fail fast.’ Here’s how to truly master digital innovation (MIT Mgt) Hint: It’s learning

Big goals: What would it look like to try? (Things that change the way I think)

Even though I had a plan and I was going along with that plan and making progress, I was still giving myself an “out.” I still didn’t believe I could really do this. I needed to be challenged to commit. I needed to be told that I was ready to commit, and that took someone who could see what I could not.

The Science of Upgrading Your Identity and Success (Inc) Hint: Create your future

Own it: Take Personal Accountability to Work (Evernote)

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The idea that i could be sane, sober, and creative terrified me, implying as it did, the possibility of personal accountability. You mean if i have these gifts I ‘m supposed to use them? Yes.

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Early Specialization vs. Early Sampling vs. The Lannisters: Who Wins? (

Sticking to your Goals (Fast Company) Personal accountability can keep you going

“it’s just a way of life”

When you’ve had this experience two or three times, you realise it’s just a way of life. This is the job. You can’t control what the owner or the fans think or what the media say or write.

Rafa Benitez (writing at the Athletic)


Marta is still here, still hungry in the wake of her plea to the next generation (the Athletic)

“It’s wanting more,” she said directly to the camera. “It’s training more. It’s taking care of yourself more. It’s being ready to play ninety plus thirty minutes. This is what I ask of the girls.”

SmartHER: Female Athlete Health at the EIS (English Institute of Sport)

Exhaustion (Spikes)

Women Dominate This Sport. Why Is the Coaching a Boys’ Club? (NYT)

Megan Rapinoe and the USWNT transcended soccer in 2019 (WaPo)

More than half of professional sports clubs in England have no women on their boards (Telegraph)

Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate TeamsA Comprehensive Report on NCAA Division-I Institutions2018-19 (Tucker Center)

NBA History

Rick Carlisle sent a post-midnight text to several reporters to note a piece of NBA history.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 27, 2019

Good Reads

Snow, Rabbits and Pooh Sticks: motivation, arousal and focus of attention in the ugly zone.(Dynamics-Coaching) This site remains a go to to learn as both a learner and a teacher.

One Nation, Tracked (NYT)

Our privacy is only as secure as the least secure app on our device.

Ideas That Changed My Life (Collaborative Fund)

Press Forward: How Watching a Grieving Genius Play Soccer Helped an Autism Dad Grapple with this Brokenness (TYAC)

Patti Smith on Time, Transformation, How the Radiance of Love Redeems the Rupture of Loss (BP)

Your Money

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Saving Myself (Humble Dollar)

How the SECURE Act Could Impact your Retirement Plan (blairbellecurve)

New Book