Time for a Quick Self-Assessment

By Coach Ron Wolforth – 


  1. How distractible are you?


  1. How shallow, superficial or surface level are you?


  1. How vapid and easily manipulated are you?


  1. How fragile and easily exploited, controlled and influenced are you?


  1. How much are you drawn to gossip, rumors, scandal and salacious inuendo?


  1. How much are you drawn into peer comparison?


  1. How much are you swayed or impressed by celebrity and fame?


Many of us would love to say we are:


  • Totally locked in. A person completely committed to our own personal and professional development.
  • A person of deep conviction and unassailable integrity.
  • A person of profound principle and dependability.
  • A person of obvious strength and character.
  • A person of honor, trust and discretion.
  • A person comfortable in his/her own skin, confident in who they are.
  • A person who rejects pretense, show and subterfuge.


However, every single one of us falls short of those standards from time to time.


Two questions that I believe are critically important in this conversation…and need to be examined on a consistent basis are these: 


  1. Which of these 7 questions do you really need to work on the most?


  1. On the questions where you may need some work, do you catch yourself when you begin to fade or slip from where you want to be? If you can catch yourself getting off track early and right the ship sooner rather than later, the benefits will be exponential.


The Real World Makes It Very Tough on Young Adults.


Every morning when I check my email, I see click bait for a host of distractions:


“What’s up with Harry and Meghan?”


“What’s up with J Lo and Alex, or Ben or whoever she had dinner with last night?”


“Should I wear a mask when I’m in the dugout?”


“Should I get rid of my Dr. Seuss books?”


“Should I use ‘stickem’ like Cole and Bauer or should I resist going down that road all together because of what is happening in their careers?”


“Am I an inherently good or bad person because of where I live, my eye color, my taste in music, my skin color, because of who my great, great grandfather was, the pronouns I identify with, what I like or forward on social media? Etc… etc.”


I’m 61 years old. I will turn 62 in August. There were plenty of distractions when I was a kid. Now, in 2021, there are ten times as many, maybe 100 times more than when I was 16 years of age. I truly feel for young people these days.


So much distraction.


So much complication, convolution and entanglement.


Quoting Sylvester Stallone: “The world is a very mean and nasty place, and it will drive you to your knees and keep you there if you let it.  Me, you, nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it aint about how hard you get hit, it’s about how much you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” 


I challenge you to refuse to be distracted in the face of almost constant distraction.


I challenge you to demonstrate conviction, integrity, principle and dependability surrounded by a world full of pretense, spin and manipulation.


I challenge you to demonstrate character, honor, trust and discretion in the midst of gossip, rumors and salacious scuttlebutt.


I challenge you to be comfortable in your own skin, staying away from envy, jealousy and constant comparison.


I challenge you to be a person who rejects pretense, show and subterfuge and looks for the real and authentic.


Until next time,


Stay curious and keep fighting the good fight.


Coach Wolforth


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