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I want to ask you about the meaning of Impact. What does it stand for?  And, do you have some information on leadership books that struck a cord with you?
Matt Mcrowell, Georgetown on Canada

Matt, thanks for asking.  Yes, IMPACT is a way of life.  The acronym “I.M.P.A.C.T.” stands for:

= Master your craft.
= Play at world-class.
= Condition for greatness.

And I recommend you place an “IMPACT band” or rubber-band around your wrist. And every time you have head-trash, snap that band and eliminate that junk in your head.  Only positive thoughts allowed in the brain to help drive emotions!

As far as leadership books, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Winning by Jack Welsh
  • Onward by Howard Schultz
  • Start with the Why by Simon Sinek
  • Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  • The Art of Leadership by Sun-Tzu
  • The Little Book of Leadership by Jeffery Gittomer
  • The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner
  • Self Improvement 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know by John Maxwell
  • EntreLeadership:  20 years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey
  • Leading at a Higher Level by Ken Blanchard

That is 10.  I will stop there.  Happy reading & keep LEADING.  As it is said, “Lead, Follow, or get out of the way.”


At what age can I implement core training for youth athletes?
Marcus Crowell, Biddeford, ME

Marcus, great question.  I’d say about the age of 2 years old is when you can start.  No joke. Because by then, most kids are crawling and crawling is one of the best core activities on many levels.  Great for strengthening, coordination, and even brain development.  Seriously!

So what does that mean for the parent or trainer/coach working with the youth athlete? Have them do a ton of crawling patterns.  Forward, backward, side-ways, crawling up steps, and even down steps (be careful with this one!!!).

As they get older, I recommend doing a ton of bodyweight core work with the kids (7-13).  Pushups, planks, side-ups, crab-walks, bear-crawls, and medicine ball work (light).  And like anyone else, you would progress from there based on the developmental level of the young athlete.

Happy crawling!

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