Football (or any sport, for that matter) and self-directed reading…have more in common than you realize.
Both football players and self-directed readers need:
- A coach to teach, support, and encourage them.
- The activity to be prioritized in their schedules.
- A piece of equipment to perform the activity.
- Plays to learn, practice, and execute if they want to win.
The 10 Reading-Habit Plays
It took me over 20 years of trial and error, research, and talking to hundreds of boys to determine that each play in The Ultimate 10X Reading-Reboot Playbook for Boys is significant and necessary to develop the daily reading habit and win the Reading Game.
Here they are:
Play #1: Believe
Play #2: Invest
Play #3: Read
Play #4: Walk the Talk
Play #5: Prioritize
Play #6: Appreciate
Play #7: Balance
Play #8: Adjust
Play #9: Pinpoint
Play #10: Plan
There are also three factors that work together to determine the level of a player’s success during a football season and a reader’s success during the phases of the Reading Game and beyond.
The three success factors for both activities are:
What’s critical to know is that your reading ability does not determine your reading destiny. It’s who you choose to hang around with (do they value reading?) and if you have the will to read.
SOME QUOTES FROM WINNING FOOTBALL PLAYERS & COACHES
TO MOTIVATE YOU TO WIN THE READING GAME…
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” —Coach Tom Landry
For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.”–Emmitt Smith, Hall of Fame Player
“To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before.” –Coach Sean Payton
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” –Coach Vince Lombardi
“For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice.”–Don Hutson, Hall of Fame Player