Gratitude. The Wednesday Weekly Roundup is where The Coaching Conversation points you to interesting articles on Coaching, Leadership, Sports, Performance, Health and Fitness, and sometimes, money.

How Gratitude Helps Your Brain and Mental Health (bestbrainpossible)

Includes 12 ideas for increasing your gratitude. It takes practice.

Why Landon Donovan made Carrie Taylor his first assistant, and what it could mean for women coaching men’s soccer (yahoo)

Taylor becomes the first woman hired to coach on a USL staff. Also, Shannon MacMillan on staff. NBA still ahead.

UCF men’s soccer coach Scott Calabrese leads Knights to best run in school history (Sentinel)

“They always call this place the sleeping giant,” Jennings said of UCF. “It’s kind of what it was, and they picked the right man. Scott is definitely the right coach for this place. He’s a student of the game. He loves to learn, he loves to teach and he’s done well to get the most out of every player here.”

The Righteous Arrival of Megan Rapinoe (GQ)

Gratitude for the late bloomers and those on their own path. And, then more focus.

“If I was in a system where I had to train all the time, there was a likely chance I would have been left behind,” she says, “because I was pretty small and a little bit of a late bloomer. I just can’t see that fitting my style.”

She adds: “I learned how to play the game in a game. My understanding of space and the way that I play was all developed because of that.”

Walsh: To grow the sport we have to utilise the expertise of both men and women (

We should think about the structures in place and ask ourselves: are they designed to include or exclude women? Additionally, it’s necessary to continuously grow the talent pool.

The Importance of Recognizing Team Members Who Don’t Want to Plan First (managing made simple)

Some people push to just get to work and they are good to have on a team.

Advocating for Meaningful Experiences in PE (drowning in the shallow)

Finally I shall leave you with some words of Scott Kretchmar – “When movement is experienced as joy, it adorns our lives, makes our days go better, and gives us something to look forward to.  When movement is joyful and meaningful, it may even inspire us to do things we never thought possible.”

Dr Tom Little: Debunking Netflix sensation Game Changers (Training Ground Guru)

I’ve written recently about my positive experience with a vegan month, but think it’s important to consider other views.

A well thought-out vegan diet can definitely provide sufficient amounts of these elements, but as one of the papers the film uses to support a vegan approach states, “they need to be well-planned out and appropriately supplemented”.

How befriending Mister Rogers’ widow allowed me to learn the true meaning of his legacy (LA Times)

“She really only had one request: that we not treat her husband as a saint.”

In a Season of Grief, I Turned to Home Improvement (Glamour)

Wonderful writing.

Then, the leaves started to change. On the first evening in September, I said to my husband over dinner, “We need to come home to signs of hope.”

There’s Finally Heart Health Data on Extreme Exercise (Outside Online)

Alex Hutchison who wrote the excellent Endure weighs in on the evidence regarding extreme exercise.

Listening that Enables Emerging Possibilities (New Directions Collaborative)

Distinguishes different types of listening and the value of listening in leadership.

The Healing Power of Gratitude (Psychology Today)

Why it matters and why it’s so difficult to practice.

How the human brain stays young even as we age (Quartz)

Good news here.

Strategic Questioning: An approach to creating personal and social change (

People need to come up with their own answers. Questioning can catalyze this process. Don’t be disappointed if a great question does not have an answer right away. A powerful question will sit rattling in the mind for days or weeks as the person works on an answer. If the seed is planted, the answer will grow. Questions are alive!

The 2010s: The best XI from a fractured decade of American pro women’s soccer (The Athletic)
What is it really like to play for Jose Mourinho? (The Athletic)
Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook (dailybeast)
No, koalas aren’t ‘functionally extinct’—yet (National Geographic)
That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It (Rolling Stone)
How to cultivate an ‘attitude of gratitude’ this week (and every week after) (American Magazine)
3 Festive, Nonalcoholic Drinks for the Holidays (Keck Medicine)
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