Thriving in Your Rookie FRC Season - Introduction · 25 April 2012

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My team (Team 4089 Stealth Robotics) is going to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) championships as a rookie all-star team. Making it to the international competition was the goal all along, but I am not sure any of us really thought we could do it. Which is why I figured I had a bit more time to start my book on how to just survive that roookie season. Now, I need to make it a book on how to thrive as a rookie team.

Like any good goal setter, this book is going to start at the end. What I mean by that is that every accomplishment starts with a goal. A goal is not a goal unless it has a date on it, so put down the date of the next championship, if that is your team’s goal. Then, visualize with your team, what that will look like. Then, work to meet the goal. Finally, you need to speak the future into existence. None of the four steps is more important than any of the others, but self talk is the easiest one to derail any endeavor.

I will talk about each of the four aspects of any endeavor in more detail and I will give you my thoughts on how we did things and how we will change things to make our team even better next year. I was going to write it all as a book, but decided it would be better as part of my website for now. Then, if there is enough interest, I will put it out in ebook or even print form. I want others to benefit from our experience. Hopefully, you will be able to relate to my style of writing and coaching. Since I am putting this out there for the whole world wide web to see, please send me any comments.

© 2012 Michael T. Miyoshi

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