Building Your Pandemic Playbook: A Four-Part Series

What if the curveball the pandemic has thrown you could be the exact pitch you need for your next home run? What if you didn’t live in fear but rather, had faith for the miraculous? What if this was the perfect time for you to get clear on what you want, and strategize how you grow mentally, financially and personally? 

We’ve been talking with athletes who are fighting battles in their mind, worried about their career, and uncertain about their finances. We want you to know you’re not alone

Over the next three weeks, we’re going to give you practical tips on how you can turn this pandemic into massive growth in your life and career/business with our pandemic playbook.

Part One: Building Your Pandemic Playbook

1) Master your mentality

How you shape your mentality during this time will help define your mindset in your sports, your career, and your life. Be easy on yourself, and make it count.

"Your life matters, and your legacy matters," Darryll...

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Mindset is the key to your success

What I’m learning lately… 

Your mindset is a game-changer. 

“How you see a thing will determine how you do a thing.” ~ Inky Johnson 

Lately, I’ve been learning a lot about our mindset, the brain, and our subconscious mind. It started when my business mentor addressed some mindset limitations. Then, a few months later, another one of my business mentors “Magic Mike” noticed similar limitations. If that wasn’t enough, my spiritual leaders also pointed out some errors in my thinking.

They all essentially said the same thing. “Darryll, you have such great talent, an amazing vision, a huge calling to impact the world, and you’re doing so many great things, but… your mindset is limiting you.” 

So to spare you of a 5,000-word blog post, here are some things that are helping me shed my limiting beliefs and walk in a more authentic, powerful version of myself. 

  1. Meditating and praying for God...
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The Dangers of "Plan B"

career life after sports Jun 30, 2020

The Dangers of “Plan B”

At 18 years old, many walk into adulthood staring at the profound question, “What’s your plan in life?”, as if teenagers who are seldom independent should know how to answer that question. Often times there are two categories of life planners: The proud do-or-die Plan A go-getters that will not accept having a backup option, or the impractical dreamers that pack a world of fulfillment into their Plan A and mark their Plan B with the kind of dullness they dread having to face.

If Covid-19 has taught us one thing, it’s that plans don’t always uphold. So what happens when your Plan A turns to Plan B and there is no Plan C? What happens when your backup plan becomes outdated because you were too busy putting your eggs in one basket, only to see it ripped away?

Have a LEGACY plan. 

What is your endgame? What do you want to accomplish by the end of your life? Those are two questions that are essential to mapping out...

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Athletes & Activism

life life after sports Jun 04, 2020

Athletes and Activism 

What you can do to make a difference 

Sports are part of the fabric of American society, and often they've provided a medium for athlete protest. In recent years, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the face of the movement. In 2016, he began kneeling before games, during the playing of the national anthem, to protest police treatment of minorities and social inequality. Read more

Since last week's death of George Floyd, an African American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck, there's been a surge of sports figures speaking out. Some have even joined demonstrations that have swept the nation. Read more…

Also, the recent tension between Drew Brees’ remarks on the NFL taking a knee to join Colin Kaepernick's cause for racial equality has athletes using their platforms more to voice their opinions. 

Everyone wants peace, equality, and a better world, and it’s going to take...

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Dear Athlete, Life Threw You a Curve

life after sports Apr 03, 2020

A special message to all impacted by COVID-19

Cry, my dear athlete. Life threw you a curve.
It took the game you loved and gave you pain you didn’t deserve.
I said, cry, my dear athlete. Don’t hold back your tears.
You’ve lost the game you love. The one you’ve played for years.
I said cry, my dear athlete. Because you’ve lost a sense of self.
One moment you were a star. And now you feel like everyone else...
Wait! No. Don’t cry, my dear athlete! You’ve been here once before.
The grit it took to get here is the strength that will carry you forward.
I said don’t cry, my dear athlete. Who told you life was done?
Yeah, your sports career may be over, but life has just begun.
So no, don’t you cry my dear athlete. I know life threw you a curve. 
It took the game you loved and gave you pain you didn’t deserve.
So no, don’t cry my dear athlete, because you are not alone.
There are thousands of athletes just like you who don’t...

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NCAA Feature Article - Darryll's letter to sport

life after sports sports Sep 19, 2019

In celebration of the NCAA's 150-year anniversary, they released a video highlighting our very own Darryll Stinson's letter to sport. 

Check out the article and video by clicking here.

Help us thank our good friends at the NCAA for all the work they do for current and former athletes by sharing the video, commenting and engaging.

Also, if you are or know of a former athlete that still struggles to find themselves after sports, let them know that we're here to help them find identity, discover purpose and build their dreams. Our movement is strong and the camaraderie is amazing.

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Speed of the Game, Seasons of Life

life after sports Aug 16, 2019

Athletes and high-performers have a desire to reach elite levels of success in all areas of life. It is this desire to achieve more that causes the speed of the game of life to move at a lightning-fast pace. Just like athletes must learn to adapt to different game speeds, they must also learn to adapt to the speeds and rhythms of life.

Throughout this video, Ryan and Darryll share tips and strategies on how former athletes can learn to run at the speed that's congruent with their season.

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Sacrifice pt. 2 - Time

life after sports sports Aug 01, 2019

You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. 

Time is something that every athlete sacrifices to reach their potential on the field. 

The problem is that some athletes spend too much time on sports-related activities that they miss out on family moments and some of the best memories of those closest to them. 

Watch this video as we discuss how the time athletes spend on sports impacts their life during and after their career. 

 

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Sacrifice pt. 1 - The Body

Have you ever put your body on the line during your athletic career?

Throughout this video, Darryll and Ryan talk about how athletes often sacrifice their bodies for the good of the team. 

Check it out. 

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Darryll and Ryan's Personal Intro to private Facebook Group

life after sports Jul 03, 2019

Check out this welcome video for our private Facebook group highlighting our journeys, why we decided to start the group and what you can expect to get out of engaging.

To request to join the group, click herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/secondchanceathletes

 

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