Make the most of your DASH!


Through professional development in business Coach Ryan Craven heard a guest speaker say “Everything we do in life is defined through our dash” Coach Craven, didn’t fully understand the meaning at the time, but when he looked at it more, everything has a dash.   

“I’m going to sleep from 10:00 o’clock at night till 6:00 AM. How good was my sleep? Is that dash in between 10pm-6am. I’m going to the gym and I’m going to practice on my own from 7-9. Well, that dash in between is the practice and what I do with that dash is sort of up to me, so I can go in and goof around for two hours or I can go in and make it the most effective 2 hours.” 

“Today I had an athlete who says coach we just got here?  We’re going to be eating in 1/2 an hour and I said, OK, so 8:00-8:30 that dash in between, what are you doing with it? It’s about maximizing all the time you have…Really our whole life is defined by the dash but I choose to break it down into all the individual dashes that we have everyday right?  When I go into my work nine-five, what I do between 9:00 and 5:00 is how I define my day.” 

“Make the most out of out of the time you have, whether you have an hour to practice or two hours, what you do in that dash in between. When you start practicing. When you finish practice is going to define you as a player.” 

“You’ll see lots of guys post, I’m clocking in at 6:00 AM and I’m clocking out at noon. OK, so you put six hours of work in, but how many hours within that dash did you actually work? Whereas the person who comes in quality over quantity and works 6 to 8. Being efficient, making the most out of the out of the time, whether it’s 30 minutes, 3 hours, 8 hours.” 

“I challenge them even with their class work. We have an hour and a half. Let’s make the most out of it. Do the most you can in that hour and a half and then if we need more time later, that’s fine, but you gotta maximize that time.”  

“And if you’re talking time wasters…An example, in practice, if I call the team in and someone shoots the ball after…well, now we have to wait for that person to come in….They have to chase the ball down. They have to bring it in. So again, thier dash between.”  

Coach Ryan explains it as a series of incremental moments that holistically make up time. “It’s kind of infinite…’cause it’s about doing the most, because you never know when your dash stops. Obviously from a student athlete standpoint I choose to use it as the inspirational kind of positive influence” 

“You’re going to look back on that Dash and would say I could have filled it. I could have done more to fill it, yeah, but I didn’t, and that’s where the regret comes in.  Obviously, each player sort of takes it differently, but when I explained it to the most of them seem to be nodding and getting it. But obviously what they do with it and what they define as maximizing it are two different things. So we I always try and encourage them to, leave something better than when you found it, and that’s about maximizing what you do in that space. When you’re there, right? So you walk into a gym and it’s a complete mess. If you walk out of the gym, it’s complete mess. You haven’t done the most with that dash of the time when you were there, because you could have cleaned it and left it better than when you got there.” 


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