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Adjusting To PROfessional Life

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Vince Lombardi

That's great motivation - but not so much when it comes to transition.

The Highs & Lows From My Journey & Life After Sports

NFL Pro Day
Bold Moves In Phoenix, AZ
Placing A Value On Time
Exploring Tokyo, Japan

High's - Consistently explored, sought opportunity & developed new passions.

Low's - Never allowed myself to grieve, expected to it to be a seamless transition & didn't extend grace to myself when failing.

Transition isn't an event, it's a process.

If you're a pro...you're a pro. Same game, different context.

I. Understanding Identity

We are cared for most when we put on that uniform. Slowly, we start to look at ourselves the same way....We are athletes. We are what you say we are. That is me. I am an athlete....Until I'm not. - Former Men's Soccer Student-Athlete

"You will never outperform your self-identity."

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

*Activity: Hello my name is....

What is a dual identity? Who I am vs. What I do

*reflection question #2

II. Understanding The Road Blocks

Mastering The 1st 6 Months*

Biggest Fears & Stressors In Post-Sport Transition

  • "I Wish I Would Have Done More"
  • Comparison
  • Lack of Control, Feedback & Structure
  • Struggle Finding Community
  • Strong Need To Achieve or Perform
  • Lack of Empathy & Understanding From Others
  • Physical Changes In Performance
MOOD!

How Do You Get Through It?

Who is your Rocky? Will they be there when you need them the most?

*Activity: Connection Web

III. Understanding Transferrable Skills

It's not just "what" but "how"

Pattern Recognition

Making the connection begins with understanding who you are and your skill set (Principles)

Followed by finding others who value that skill (People)

In a setting that allow you to be "you" (Place)

Built on a foundation of your principles

In our times of greatest pressure we will only rise to the level of our training.

IV. Take Action

Some do...and some don't.

It will catch up to you when it catches up to you

Critical steps to address:

  • Priorities - What is most important to me?
  • Routine - What is my consistent behavior?
  • Inner Circle - Who is pouring into me and holding me accountable?
  • Mental Health - How am I taking care of myself?
  • Expectation - What do I believe is possible for my life?

Activity: Risk vs. Reward

V. The Process of What's Next

Look Back - Reflect

Look Up - Dream

Look Down - Practice

Look Forward - Persist

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