Stephen Lesavich, PhD OUT THERE ON THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING®




ESPN has been showing a series of documentary films called “Nine for IX” to celebrate the annual anniversary of Title IX.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Title IX, it is a U.S. Federal law passed in 1972 that requires gender equality for all educational programs that receive federal funding from the U.S. government.  Although Title IX was enacted to cover many different areas, it is most often discussed with respect to athletics.

Title IX was enacted in part to provide female athletes with equal access to athletic opportunities male athletes have including equal access to a number athletic programs that are offered, equal access to athletic scholarships for those athletic programs and equal access for participating in such athletic programs.

This week I watched one of the ESPN Nine for IX films entitled “Pat XO.”  This film is about Ms. Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball from the University of Tennessee.

As the head coach of the Lady Vols from 1974 until her retirement in 2012, Pat won 1098 games and 8 NCAA championships.  The 1098 victories are the most by any basketball coach, male or female, in NCAA history.

One of life lessons Coach Summitt taught her players was that it was the player’s choice to be tough or soft.  Whatever choice they made, her players were never allowed to claim they were a victim in any situation or allowed to make any excuses for their behavior because they felt they were a victim of something.

Pat had to take her own advice when in August 2011, she announced that she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  She chose to be tough not soft and to not be a victim of the disease.

In fact, Pat started her own foundation, the Pat Summit Foundation, to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

You can join the discussion about Title IX and Pat Summitt on Twitter at the hashtag, #patxo.

So what is your edge of never accepting you are victim of anything?

Could you play for a coach like Pat Summit who would hold you accountable for your decisions and your actions?

Would you choose to be tough or soft?

Do you feel that you are a victim because of your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or for some other reason?

The energy associated with feeling like a victim takes away your personal power.  It makes you weak.

Coach Summitt totally understood this concept when she coached.

Empower yourself and CHOOSE not to be victim of anything or be stuck in any associated victim energy.

Coach Pat Summitt and virtually all of the 161 athletes she coached made a choice to be tough and never be a victim of anything.  That is why her teams were victorious 1098 times.

What choice will you make?

Do you want to win or whine?

It is really a very easy choice…

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.

Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine

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