Putting character into practice

The competitive nature of athletics is said to develop character.

And, it is thought that adversity’s task is to reveal it.


But maybe character isn’t so much in need of development or of being revealed.

Though its expectations remain high, it could be that character’s demands are much simpler to grasp.

Maybe character is just desperate to be heard.

To be trusted and afforded the benefit of the doubt.

That stands to reason.

Since character always knows the right thing to do and just when to do it.

And as you begin to listen, then hear, you will find yourself drawn closer towards it.

Finding comfort in its embrace, a sense of purpose  in its guidance and a growing courage to use it to face everything life can throw your way.

Character simply yearns to be the first, the best and the last choice you would ever make.  And learning to act upon its “recommendation”, puts you on a trajectory aimed directly toward your best interests.

Let’s look at it this way.

To effect tangible, positive and lasting influence on anything you choose to master, only one thing is known to work.


If it is engineering, medicine or teaching that has captured your heart, then you put your desires to practice.


The cello? Singing arias, painting with watercolors, architecture, cooking or film?  Mastery is not gained in one attempt.  But in many.

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It takes practice.

Is it service that calls you?

1796852_10203864523679498_8165145303086918516_oThen finding the pathway – both within and without –  that will lead you there takes effort, commitment.

And, practice.

For some, athletic competition is what makes the  spirit soar.  To become all you intend to be, you have to employ all that you are to honor that purpose.

528a8dfb9c747.imageThrough  practice.

So to be able to hear, trust and embrace character’s voice?

It takes practice.

By developing good listening habits.

Getting attuned to its singular voice.

Hearing its message.

Having faith in its command and commit to heeding its wisdom.

Learning to allow it to be your unshakable guide and loyal mentor.

And developing  the patience to allow it to do its work.

Over, and over,  and over, and over again.

Putting character into practice.



Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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