Having respect means that you are considerate to others and treat people like you would want to be treated.

Practicing self-respect means that you are accountable for your actions, which is not always the easiest thing to do.

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Respect & Accountability: Quick-Hitters

Hold yourself accountable and others will respect you.
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
Doing the right thing is not always easy.

Respect & Accountability: The Basics

Having respect means that you are considerate to others and treat people like you would want to be treated. Practicing self-respect means that you are accountable for your actions, which is not always the easiest thing to do. This sets a solid foundation for future decision-making. TrueSports understand that mistakes naturally happen, and owning up to them and not making excuses indicates accountability as well as good character.

Respect & Accountability: Ambassador Story

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DeeDee Trotter in action on the track

Track and field Olympic gold medalist DeeDee Trotter recalls a time as a young athlete when she committed a false start in a race. Prior to the sprint, DeeDee was distracted by having fun with friends and socializing rather than focusing on the event and mentally preparing herself. When she jumped the line just before the starting gun fired, DeeDee was penalized for a false start. She remembers feeling embarrassed but blamed others for her mistake—the starter, her teammates, her coach, and even her mother.

However, after some thought, DeeDee soon realized that she should hold herself accountable for her own actions because she was solely responsible for the false start. She knew that it was easier to blame others, but the truth was that there was no one to blame but herself. Had she properly prepared for the race, she would have been better focused and prepared to reach her goals. From this experience, DeeDee learned to take accountability for her actions and now knows this helped to make her the Olympic champion she is today. DeeDee is proud to say that she has never false started in a race again. TrueSport athletes are accountable for their own actions and understand that doing the right thing is not always easy.

Ambassador Story Questions

1. What was the main point you took away from the ambassador story?

2. Have you ever learned a meaningful life lesson from an earlier experience?

3. How can you practice being more respectful and accountable on a daily basis with your team?

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