November 19, 2018
#RakFriday18 is here! This has become by far my favorite day of the year. It is a celebration of humanity. It is a day that proves and reinforces the goodness that is in all of us, and the willingness to get out there and show it to others.
We started RAK Friday about 6 years ago, and it has grown every year since. We have schools, companies, teams, and groups of all kinds getting together this year in order to create RAK Teams.
The reason we started RAK Friday was because of how overpowering Black Friday has become. It's a menace to Thanksgiving, and represents the opposite of what we all really appreciate about the holidays, but still get sucked into it.
So, instead of spending the day in that consumption mindset, what if you spent the entire day looking for ways to bless other people - thus transforming Black Friday into RAK Friday.
Our goal this year is to have 2,018 Random Acts of Kindness performed and then shared on social media using the hashtag #RakFriday18. And this year, when you share your RAK, post your team name with a chance to win prizes!
Click here to watch this year's video.
Click here to visit the Rak Friday Facebook page!
Get out there and get your RAK on everyone!
November 12, 2018
Imagine being this close...to one of your biggest goals...and coming up just short, not once...but twice within a few months? Travis' guest on The Weekly Yes, And Podcast for this week knows what it feels like to succeed at the highest level...and the pain of just missing out.
Logan Panchot is a college sophomore and is already an NCAA National Champion as a member of the Stanford Cardinal Men's Soccer Team. On the eve of the NCAA Tournament Selection, Logan was gracious enough to jump on the phone with Travis to talk about the mindset, hard work, and qualities it requires to compete and live at a high level.
Travis got to know Logan while working at IMG Academy when Logan was training to be selected for the U17 National Soccer Team. As impressed as he was during that process, Travis was most impressed with how Logan responded to disappointment - and he is back on top thriving.
Whether you are a player, coach, or parent - this is a podcast you need to listen to as Logan shares his experiences as he continues to excel and live his dream.
Find out more about Logan and his brand Win Your Moment here!
November 5, 2018
This is Episode 111 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast with Travis Thomas. In Episode 111 Travis talks about what it means to be able to stay in the eye of the hurricane based on his recent event in Flint, MI with George Mumford, author of The Mindful Athlete. On this trip Travis got to share the stage with George, and he tells us of one of the main ideas in George's book, which happens to be the concept of the eye of the hurricane!
Click here to listen on iTunes!
October 15, 2018
Have you noticed how divided we are as a country right now? (That's a rhetorial question).
If you are cynical you might think this is the way it has always been, and it is the way it will always be. But, this doesn't have to be the case. Having differences is fine, actually it's great, but when we are not willing to embrace each others differences - and we are not willing to offer respect and dignity to someone who thinks differently than we do - you have what we are currently experiencing in this country.
In Episode 110 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast - Travis shares his ideas and reminds all of us - there is really only one team! No matter how different you think we are, and even though we trick ourselves into thinking there are "those people, that state, that country, that political party, etc. " - what we need to remember is that there always has been and will always only be...ONE TEAM!
Give it a listen!
October 1, 2018
How brilliant is this?! Really! Combining the ideas of spirituality and sports - and you get SPORTUALITY!
From the moment I heard about the concept of "Sportuality" I knew I needed to interview the woman who created it. And that woman is Jeanne Hess.
Jeanne has been coaching volleyball for 30 years. Most of that time has been spent as the Head Women's Volleyball coach at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Yes, another Michiganer on the podcast!
In 30 years on the sideline of coaching you learn a few (or a lot) of things! In this podcast, Episode 109 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast - Jeanne drops some serious wisdom on your ears, which will surely resonate with your heart.
I dare you to listen and not be inspired (double dog dare you)!
Find our more about Jeanne and her Sportuality book!
September 5, 2018
If you were to call any youth sports organization and ask them about their core values, they would tell you how important qualities such as integrity, character, and sportsmanship are in their program. They would tell you how they are teaching kids life skills that will help them the rest of their lives.
But, if you asked them "how" they do it, their answers might get a little more vague. You might hear how their coaches have "x" years of experience, and that the game itself is such a great teacher of character. And it's true, but what you don't always hear or see if an actual process or system in place that makes teaching and developing character a priority.
As a performance coach I see it all of the time. When you just rely on an individual coach to teach these skills based on their own beliefs and style, what you get as a parent or player is a crap shoot of coaching quality and consistency. You get a player who has an amazing experience with one coach, and then the next season in the same Club they have a totally different experience with a different coach. I am not talking about coaching styles, but an actual difference in philosophy and values from coach to coach. It's one of the big problems in our youth coaching programs.
So, it was refreshing when I came upon Brett Miller. Brett has been a youth soccer coach for about 5 years. He hasn't won a National Championship or World Cup (yet), but I guarantee Brett is changing lives with the impact he is having on his players, parents, and coaches, on his team and the other teams as well.
In Episode 108 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast - Brett shares simple and applicable ways to make teaching character and life skills a relevant and natural part of coaching.
I was really blown away from my time with Brett, and I think you wil too!
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August 22, 2018
Episode 107 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast is in cooperation with InspiredToGive.org and their August theme of "To Be Lionhearted."
Travis sits down with his good friend Whitney Conner Clapper as she retells her experience of being in Afghanistan in 2013 while helping shoot the documentary, Afghan Cycles. The threat of the Taliban was very real and very present for Whitney and the film team, including the courageous women they were filming. Whitney describes how the team mentally and spiritually approached the project - including a terrifying experience that left Whitney telling herself, "I need to know what is on the other side of the door."
Each day we see inspiring, as well as tragic events, that continue to shape our communities and world. In the face of fear and adversity, do we have the lionhearted courage to keep stepping forward, to keep doing what we feel is right - even in the face of danger?
Listen to Episode 107 and learn how you can bring more lionheartedness to your courage!
July 31, 2018
You never know how you are going to fall into a career or area of expertise? Lori Saitz never saw herself helping people with the very thing that made her so uncomfortable - networking. Today, Lori works with and coaches people all over the country who see themselves as too shy, quiet, or uncomfortable in public situations. And speaking for myself who is very comfortable on stage and speaking in front of audiences...I HATE networking events!
In Episode 106 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast - I am so excited to share Lori's story, as well as tips and ideas all of us can use to be better in public situations. Even all you extroverts out there - you need to listen to this episode!
June 18, 2018
Episode 105 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast will inspire you! Maui Goodbeer is the Creator of StreetWaves - a non-profit organization that connects with the youth in under-served communities to teach them how to swim, surf, and sail. In the process - StreetWaves has transformed lives for over 10 years.
Maui's story for starting StreetWaves is humbling and powerful.
This podcast is also in partnership with InspiredToGive.org - whose theme this month is all about belonging. Maui's story and example is the perfect interview for this theme as he has proven how through StreetWaves that belonging can be created in the most unexpected ways.
June 1, 2018
In Episode 104 of The Weekly Yes, And Podcast - Travis urges everyone to stop competing!
No, not stop trying, or striving, or pushing yourself beyond your limits. Instead, stop comparing yourself to everyone else. Stop trying to make yourself look better by making or hoping someone else looks worse. Stop turning life into a competition, when most of life is a collaboration.
Travis shares examples from his recent work with a major football program, as well as a Major League Baseball team - and helping their coaches shift from a compeititon to collaboration mindset.
Interested? Give is a listen!
Episode 104 is also in partnership with Inspired To Give. Check it out at www.inspiredtogive.org