Hoggard Update

bildeI have not blogged much about my coaching gig this year or our team (twitter has hurt my blogging) so I wanted to update everyone.

Some of you may recall that last year was a dream season. We went 15-0 and won the state championship 28-0. It was awesome.

This years team is very different from last years. Last years team only trailed in a game once. This year we have trailed in every game, however we are 9-1, we have won 7 straight conference championships, went 7-0 in the conference for the 4th straight year and are the #2 seeded team in the 4AA playoffs that start tonight.

Another thing that is different this year is that this team is very spiritual. Over half of the kids pray after pracitice and after the games. They have gathered around both players and coaches that were down and prayed for them and just this week our starting running backs brother was murdered and the team has rallied behind him.

Will we win it all again this year? I don’t know but I do think the kids on this team will make a difference in this world for years to come and that’s the championship that excites me.

Legalism is dangerous and stupid

Legalism – strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, esp. to the letter rather than the spirit.

We have all met them, they have one or two verse of scripture that they have built their moral fabric off of and they have no idea the context nor do they care. It’s God’s word and all that matters is from the Capital letter to the period. Can I just say that’s stupid theology.

This week pastor Jeff gave us a great example of a verse that people like to throw around like its the 11th commandment. Check out the verse:

Leviticus 19:28

28 ” ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

This is a homerun verse right? It’s clear, it’s in the Bible, so let’s put it on the wall and call it day.

How about this one. This is a quote from Psalm 14:1:

Psalm 14

“There is no God.”

But Daryl, your taking the Psalm 14 verse out of context. It’s talking about something a fool would say. To which I would respond, “Your right Bibleman, I am”. And so is the person who just looks at Leviticus 19:28 and doesn’t examine the context and spirit of the verse.

My point is this, read your Bible like a book of stories and instructions from a loving God instead of a list of rules from a dictator. You will be less stressed out and I won’t have to blow my top thinking about how you are teaching people that God is bad cop waiting for you to mess this thing up.

PS. If you want to hear pastor Jeff’s take on the Leviticus verse, go to lifepointnow.com

Write your goals down!

I took an online course on planning this week and came across this info. It’s worth your time to read it.

In the book What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack tells a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard MBA program. In that year, the students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84 percent had no specific goals at all.

Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together.

In spite of such proof of success, most people don’t have clear, measurable, time-bounded goals that they work toward.

In the bestseller “Goals!”, Brian Tracy teaches you how to identify in the clearest terms the things you want out of life, then how to make the plan to help you achieve those things. Brian Tracy says there are four reasons why people don’t set goals:

  • They don’t realize about the importance of goals. If the people with whom you spend the most time — family, friends, colleagues, and so forth — are not clear and committed to goals, there is a chance that you will not be, either.
  • They don’t know how to set goals. Some set goals that are too general. These are, in reality, fantasies common to everyone. Goals, on the other hand, are clear, written, specific, and measurable.
  • They fear failure. Failure hurts, but it is often necessary to experience failure in order to achieve the greatest success. Do not unconsciously sabotage yourself by not setting any goals in which you might fail.
  • They fear rejection. People are often afraid that if they are unsuccessful at achieving a goal, others will be critical of them. This is remedied by keeping your goals to yourself at the outset; let others see your results and achievements once you’ve accomplished your goals.

This is great research and the really cool thing is it is not a business discovery at all. Check out what God tells Habakkuk in Habakkuk2:2 :

Then the LORD answered me and said:

Write the vision
And make
it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.”.

I challenge you to right your goals down, make them clear and go for them. I will be posting more about goal setting and planning this week.