Character & Mental Toughness – Consistently, Usually, Rarely

At the end of the school year our faculty members are required to assess each student’s performance based on a 3 category rubric. The first words in these rubric categories, respectively, are consistently, usually, and rarely. These words are followed by statements regarding quality and performance. But, to me, those first words are extremely powerful in their simplicity; consistently, usually, or rarely.

Being the coach I am, I could not help but apply those 3 words to our football team; in particular, to the off season program we have established for our players in the weight room.

We currently have about 10% of our players ( who are not playing a spring sport) lifting consistently. We have another 10% lifting usually. We have 80% lifting rarely.

There is a direct correlation between weight lifting and football success. Bigger, stronger, faster defeats smaller, weaker, and slower. Our players are well aware of this undeniable fact of physics.

I have done my utmost to convince players to lift when not playing a spring sport. Our staff has worked hard to give our players an opportunity to succeed. We spend a lot of time educating them about what it takes to be a winner on and off the field. We currently have coaches volunteer to open the weight room three days a week after school.

Still, the vast majority of our players rarely lift.


They lack the character necessary to do the work usually. They lack the mental toughness necessary to do the work consistently.

Most of our football players play a spring sport (lacrosse, baseball, track, and even volleyball). I know those kids are learning valuable lessons and increasing their athletic abilities. I am not worried about them. Likewise, I am not worried about the group that is currently lifting consistently.

Successful football requires a strong commitment by a large group of people. Football in our community will continue to be a struggle until those “rarely’s” and “usually’s” become “consistently’s.”

Individually, one will not achieve their goals until they consistently put in the work needed to achieve them.


Which one are you? What does that say about your commitment to individual and team goals?

If you truly want to succeed( at football, school, citizenship, business, life etc.) then you should be consistently reminding yourself of the word “consistently.” If you strive for “consistently” you can not help but build your character and mental toughness along the way.

Consistency wins, consistently.


About coachbillmoore

Educator/Author/Speaker/HS & NCAA Coach Character Coach Read Coach Moore’s book “On Character and Mental Toughness” Paperback available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. "The measure of your character and mental toughness is the space between what you are doing and what you could be doing." -Coach Bill Moore
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