Most middle, high school, and college students struggle with making wise decisions.
Most people in general do. But age 13-21 it is particularly difficult.
Here are 3 questions every student athlete should ask if they want to have fewer regrets and make better decisions. These 3 questions come directly from a pastor and mentor of mine, Andy Stanley.
Question #1In light of my past experiences is the decision I am about to make a wise one?
Think about it. I am a 13 year old male and I just got in trouble with mom and dad for lying. I am about to dig a DEEPER hole for myself by arguing and then saying something I shouldn’t. I have learned these 3 questions in advance and have been coached and programmed to ask myself, “Based on past situations when I have gotten in trouble with mom and dad, would arguing and saying something I shouldn’t be a wise decision?
Question #2In light of my current circumstances is the decision I am about to make a wise one?
Imagine I am a 17 year old high school student who has college applications due in 24 hours. I have planned to spend 2 hours on a Saturday night finishing the essays and applications. I get a phone call from my buddy telling me about a “get together” at one of my best friends places (and the girl I like will be there). Tempting…
I have learned these questions in advance and have been coached and programmed to stop and ask the question, “Based on my current need to get these college applications in before the 24 hour deadline, is the decision I am about to make a wise one?”
I am 15 years old and I have decided I really want to earn a college scholarship to play Division 1 sports. I have a college showcase coming up this weekend and my top 3 schools will be there watching. I am asked by a friend (who does not want to play in college) to go play a game of pick-up at the local park. It would be a lot of fun.
But I have learned these 3 questions in advance and have been coached and programmed to ask, “Based on my future goals to play D1 sports and the importance of this upcoming showcase, should I risk getting injured in a pick-up game or wearing myself out the day before?”
3 Questions. Easy to ask, but just as easy not to ask. If you are like most parents, you desire for your athlete to be equipped to make wiser decisions. So if this this article was helpful, please share it with your parent friends on Facebook!
Dedicated to your athlete’s success,
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