This tool assists to help athletes build a personal vision for themselves. By using the tool, athletes can better understand what is important to them and what they want to achieve.
Highly effective people often have a clear understanding of what they want to have accomplished at the end of their life as well as the vision they have of their life as a whole. The notional experiment of “beginning with the end in mind” is particularly useful when we get caught up in the “busy-ness” of our professional and personal lives and forget what is really important to us. This is not only valid for adults, but especially for young people as they might lack a distinct comprehension of their own identity and values.
Therefore, they might not be aware of what really matters to them and can be more easily influenced by peers, parents, coaches or teachers. Even though this is not a bad thing per se, in regard of their long-term well-being and motivation, it is beneficial that young people (athletes) understand what is important to them and what they want to achieve in their careers and life in general.
This is where the tool Hall Of Fame comes into play. It assists athletes to shape their daily behavior in sport, education and/or their job according to the vision they have for themselves. Knowing their final destination will help them in taking the right steps in their everyday life. The tool can be used stand-alone or in combination with Value Cards and Who Am I?.
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The Speech (pdf) is intended to be used in a group setting, but also works on individual basis. There is no age restriction. In comparison to younger adolescents, outcomes of older athletes are likely to be more detailed, because they should already have a better understanding of who they are and what they want. Younger athletes are usually less preoccupied with the future. The exercise addresses visions from a sporting context; the Hall of Fame. A Hall of Fame is a list or an actual museum, where the best of the best in a given sport are honoured and celebrated. When retired athletes are inducted into the Hall of Fame, it is a great honour and during the ceremony they give a speech in front of their families, friends, fans, former teammates and coaches. In this speech they reflect on their illustrious career and explain how they made it as far as they did. By writing their own Hall of Fame speech, athletes are likely to get a better idea of what their vision for the future is.
- Tell the athletes to imagine themselves 15-20 years down the line, getting inducted into the Hall of Fame in front of all the important people in their life. Invite them to create a mental picture of the type of life they want to have lived until then and all the things they want to have accomplished. What kind of person will you be? How are you going to feel on that day? Who will be with you? What would you like to tell the people in front of you about your career and life?
- Ask them to write a speech for their own Hall of Fame induction. The guiding questions of The Speech (pdf) will support this exercise.
- Start a group discussion to discuss findings, learnings and questions arising from the exercise.
- Advise the athletes to keep their speech somewhere safe and read it from time to time to verify if their current behaviour, goals and progress are still in line with their vision.
- Let the athletes share their Hall of Fame Speech with classmates, friends, teachers, coaches, teammates or other people of trust.
- Ask the athletes to imagine that someone close to them would give the Hall of Fame speech about them. Advise the athlete to write down what that person should say about them in his or her speech. What would you like that person to tell about your career and about you as an athlete, student and person in general?
- Write down all the names of the group members on a piece of paper and put them in a closed box. Let every athlete draw a lot. Ask the athletes to write an anonymous Hall of Fame speech about their secret partner and hand it in within a given time. To prevent bullying, check the feedbacks before handing it over to the respective athlete. This variation gives athlete valuable feedback about how others see them and what those people think they can achieve.
- Suggest to the athletes that someone else keeps their speech and controls from time to time if the athlete still behaves in line with what he or she has written down. The speech can then be used as a good starting point for possible feedback conversations.
Please consider that these variations require a trustful environment.
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The tool "Hall of Fame" in action: See real-life examples of its application in EU dual career practice.