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Active/Passive? Which Way Do You Go?

Geno Auriemma wasn’t willing to have his UConn women’s basketball team simply defend its back-to-back titles this season. Instead, the storied coach told his team, “We’re attacking the rest of the country.”

The talented UConn women then rolled to a third straight championship, taking an active approach rather than a passive one along the way.

John Wooden and Steve Spurrier are examples of coaches who took the active approach. Instead of worrying about what the teams they played would be doing, they focused on their own teams and what they could do.

How many times have you seen the passive approach backfire in sports? Like a prevent defense in football or slowing down the tempo in basketball? If you go back and examine most large comebacks, they have happened when the team with the large lead went passive, or into a protection mode.

Taking an active or passive approach pertains to life as well.

A thoughtful copy editor once took the time to show me the difference between writing in an active voice as opposed to a passive voice, explaining the concept of SVO — or keeping your prose in subject, verb, object order. What a difference finding an active voice made.

The following C.S. Lewis saying resonated with me: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Being a work in process, I believe staying active — not lapsing into a passive mode — will allow me to reach my goals and dreams. And once I do, I plan to set more goals and dream new dreams.

Which path are you going to choose? Active or passive? Your choice.

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