In an article called ATTITUDE by Charles Swindoll the pastor writes “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
On the student athlete assessment tool called AthMetrics that I use with my clients who are interested in getting an athletic scholarship one of the four factors it measures for potential success is attitude. It shows how attitude and underperformance are linked. That Attitude is a habit of thought or the way a person views themselves and the world around them. By providing validated and proven data from psychometric assessments I am able to give the student athlete accurate insights into factors that can make the difference in their recruiting process. Below are quotes from college coaches who have recruited student athletes using the assessment tool in an attempt to measure what we call “Can Do” and “Will Do” factors.
|What Coaches Say About the Athmetrix Process and the four main factors of sports: Sports Specific Skill, Temperament, Raw Physical Talent and Attitude.
“I spend fifteen minutes reading an Athmetrix report about a prospect and get the same information it took me hours to get traveling and talking to teachers, coaches, and family members.”
“Athmetrix predicted that a prospect was going to have problems, but I chose to take the risk anyway. It was a mistake because the player quit the team just before the NCAA tournament.”
“We had a prized recruit that we wanted to sign. Instead of using my usual approach, I did what the Athmetrix report told me to do to better relate to the prospect, and we got a verbal commitment on the spot.”
“I took over a new program and used the Athmetrix reports to give me quick insights into the communication styles of the players and how they would respond to my coaching. I had to adapt my style to better relate to them in the beginning.”
“When we share the Athmetrix reports with our kids they are amazed how accurate they are. It really facilitates members of the team getting to know and relate to each other better.”