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By: Charles W. Boatright
Let’s Come and Reason Together, the Essence of the Quiet Strength
Bret Baier had a longtime friendship with the late Charles Krauthammer, who was one of this country’s best minds in intellectual thinking, a political analyst, and a sports enthusiast. Even though Charles was a paraplegic, he loved baseball. He regularly attended the Washington Senators games, by providing sports commentary behind each team’s strategy, as depicted on one of Bret Baier’s Special Reports.
Charles Krauthammer’s was a regular contributor on Bret Baier’s Special Report, where he used his psychology background to bring reasoning to the political landscape. His presences on the show did something that very few commentators can do, which is cause one to think outside one’s realm of understanding and to look deeper into issues. Very few times do you hear the word REASONING, the quiet strength, used to describe a person’s judgment and conclusions.
On Fox & Friends, Tuesday morning (04Dec2018), Charles Krauthammer’s son, Daniel, was a guest to discuss the book, The Point of It All, that he edited for his late father. Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade, and Steve Doocy discussed with Daniel how he and his dad were intellectuals. Daniel, with humility replied, “By using the skills of reasoning.”
Different generations are taught using a verity of methods, but the power of reasoning and consensus, the quiet strength, has the most influence on one’s intellectual development. Reasoning and consensus covers the WHAT, HOW, WHO, and, more importantly, the WHY. To reach a consensus, you have to listen and see what and why the other person believes in their point of view.
Applying Reasoning and Consensus to Sports
Without a reasoning, perseverance, and consensus, The quiet strength, athletes couldn’t compete either as teammates or opponents. Athletes have to reach a consensus on ground rules, objectives, and a game plan in order to compete. They even have to reach a consensus on the outcome of the competition. This is why Sports still remains the best training ground to provide life lessons and business philosophy to managers.
Reasoning and consensus, the quiet strength, allows an athlete to use both failures and successes to develop their ability to be persistent, compete, and achieve. As an athlete or coach, you are constantly reconciling how you prepare and train to how you perform on the field or course.
Persistence isn’t doing the same thing over and over, but instead persistent is never stop trying to improve. Even Albert Einstein defined Insanity as Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. Sports can’t be a better purveyor of Einstein’s quote.
You should never stop and just accept the way things are. Performance is only a moment in time, while training is a continuum based on perfecting one’s quiet strength of consensus, persistence, and reasoning. Both failure and success shouldn’t be the end to predict the future, but to provide the athlete with experience and confidence.
Excerpt from my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach, Section 6.5:
6.5 Participating in sports, especially golf, can influence others with sportsmanship and true grit, the quiet strength. Athletes can capitalize on this quiet strength, or mental horsepower for perseverance. The quiet strength is a discipline based on a dedicated work ethic, confidence, and perseverance to work through success and failure. Coaches realize that both success and failure are part of the athlete’s development, especially if failure is used to gain experience, instead of doubt. Successful athletes do not differentiate between success and failure; they use them to improve future performance.