You are probably wondering if I made a mistake with the title of this blog.  Well, not really.  This is a new word that I am trying to promote in 2019.  Why?  It’s pretty simple – it’s my passion in life.

You are probably really confused, so let me set the stage a bit.  During a staff meeting, we had a very good guest speaker (my beautiful wife, Kelley) talk to our department about “passion”.  It’s a presentation that she has given numerous times, and it is very interesting.  Basically, you start with a list of words on a sheet of paper and reflect on their importance in your life.  That sheet of paper might have 50-75 words when you start, but by the end of the exercise, you are down to a word or two that you are most passionate about.

ACHIEVEMENT and DEVELOPMENT ranked at the top for me. Very quickly, I came up with a new word for the English language, and I proclaimed to my staff that I will be using the word “Achievelopment” in 2019.  After the meeting, I ran to my large recruiting board in my office and wrote the term in green marker.  I can now see it every day and it motivates me.  I also hashtag it a bit on my Twitter account.  Thus, the wild-fire has started and the word will probably end up in the dictionary by year’s end (check back in 2020 for an update….haha).

Now, what does it mean……good question……

Achievement is “a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage or skill”.  Development is “the process of developing or being development”.  In a nutshell, “achievelopment” could be defined as “the process of developing a thing so that it is able to be successful“.

Yep, that sounds right….that is my PASSION in life!!!

As a coach, I get fired up about watching an athlete progress and reach their maximum ability.  As an educator, it’s very rewarding watching a student “get it” after struggling through things in a class.  As a mentor, my goal is to help the other person break through the barriers in their life and rise up to be the best version of themselves.  This is really important to me, and I cannot wait to get into the office every day to try to make an impact in the lives of others.

As much as I love my role as a coach, teacher and mentor, these things are secondary in my life.  I want to be a good father, first and foremost.  With that said, I want to be a positive role model for my daughter so that she understands that she needs to work hard, develop her own skills and strive to be the best at whatever she does in life.  I want to help her in her life journey.  I am committed to providing a framework for achievelopment in her life!!

Chris Hardie is the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach at Waynesburg University.  You can follow him on Twitter @Coach_Hardie_WU or follow the team on Facebook at Waynesburg University Cross Country.


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