Why The 7 Army Values Aren't Just For Soldiers
The 7 Army Values are also applicable for athletes, moms, dads, friends, professionals, blue collar, public service workers and really every human in general.
They are a set of "standard operating procedures" that we can all learn to live by and see some improvements in all facets of our lives.
For athletes, operating with the Seven Core Values in mind will not only make you a better athlete, but a better coach, competitor and human.
Let's take a look at them:
[LOYALTY] - Staying true to a cause, a quest, mission, group or person.
[DUTY] - Doing what needs to be done and not making excuses.
[RESPECT] - Just like the Golden Rule, treat others as you would want to be treated.
[SELFLESS SERVICE] - Putting others ahead of your own desires.
[HONOR] - Holding yourself to a higher standard of decorum, capacity and character.
[INTEGRITY] - Doing what's right even when no one is looking (*cough* no repping yourself!!)
[PERSONAL COURAGE] - Doing what's RIGHT, not necessarily what's EASY. Understanding that "The Obstacle is the Way".
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But how do these relate to an athlete and the ins and outs of competitive training and balancing life/work/friends, etc?
Here's easily identifiable situations that athletes face, where they can demonstrate values that exemplify what it means to be a competitor, athlete, inspiration, leader and that instill GRIT:
[LOYALTY] - Trusting the process. May times athletes get caught up in new and exciting training plans that usually aren't that different than what the athlete is doing right now. The grass is not always greener ... stay the course.
[DUTY] - Putting in the work that needs to be done to destroy weaknesses.
"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine
[RESPECT] - Do not bad mouth your fellow competitors, training partners, coaches, training plans, or judges. Nothing good comes from discussing others in a negative light or highlighting their shortcomings.
[SELFLESS SERVICE] - Help other athletes out if you see something that you think can help them. Don't be rude, and don't intrude - but share information that you KNOW is helpful. And share the information without any guise or repayment!
[HONOR] - This is similar to the term "Virtuosity". Do everything to the highest of standards. If you do not know a standard, find it out and do not let yourself fall below this standard. Do not accept mediocrity.
[INTEGRITY] - Always doing the work, counting all the reps, finishing the entire WOD. Do not skip reps, do not skip rounds. Do what's right, even when no one is looking.
[PERSONAL COURAGE] - Facing weakness is tough. But it's also very courageous and will help you overcome training plateaus. Put your ego aside and train your ass off - even if you are really really bad at it (comparatively) to start!
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Being a great competitor and athlete is MORE than just having the physical talent.
The greatest will rise above because of their:
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