Coaching Inspiration from a Fictional High School Football Coach

“Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose!”
~ Team Motto, Dillon Panthers from the NBC series,
Friday Night Lights

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I am slowly watching the second to last of 76 Friday Night Lights episodes that aired from October 2006 to February 2011. I can hardly bear the thought of not seeing any more episodes after resisting watching the show for years.

Several of my coaching friends had recommended it over the years, but what did I care about Texas high school football?!?

Well, I was wrong.

As a business and life coach, I love inspiring coaching stories. Business coaching. Life coaching. Business and life coaching. I had no idea that a fictional high school football coach could inspire my coaching.

As it turns out, the show was far more about great coaching and lots of love with Texas and football as the backdrop.

Coach Taylor, played brilliantly by Kyle Chandler, coached those teenagers with a fierce devotion. He believed in them until they believed in themselves. He held them to high standards and offered them compassion when it was needed.

“Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose!” Not a bad motto for life and for our kind of coaching!

Have you seen the show? I would love your thoughts and experiences. Post comments and insights below . . .


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