Do Your Job . . .

  • Intensity

  • Toughness

  • Discipline

  • Accountability

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out this website. This is where I’m trying to compile all my coaching and teaching information. It’s definitely a work in progress. Feel free to look around. And if you have any questions you can contact me at jeremy.schopper@gmail.com.

Background

My wife and I met at Harding University about 25 years ago. Since then we’ve been incredibly blessed with five awesome kids. When I’m not at school or the gym, I try to spend as much of my time with my family. We spend a lot of time together going to their different games, competitions or events. When we’re home, we love watching movies together.

I grew up in a military family. My father spent 20 years in the Army. This meant we moved around some. I got to live in places like Germany (three different times), Hawaii and Florida. Living in different places helped me to develop a unique perspective of the world and the people around me. As much as anything else, being around so many different people taught me empathy and understanding. Two things that help me to be a better coach.

Why did you get into teaching and coaching?

It’s really simple. Teaching and coaching is the only job I’ve had that when I wake up each morning, I look forward to the day and getting to do that job. I’ve discovered that when you have alignment with what you do well (or what you’re gifted at) and what you enjoy, that you can more easily find meaning and contentment. I love teaching. It could be history, business or how to use your pivot foot. I get a personal satisfaction from seeing a kid “get it.” And I’ve found that it’s one of my few gifts. For me, it’s a perfect fit.

A Little about Values

It probably happened during my time in business school and working for Target; but somewhere along the way I developed a dislike for vision, mission and value statements. It seemed that all they’re good for is decorating an office lobby with plaques. But . . . I also realized just how powerful they could be if they were real and meaningful.

It creates so much more consistency and productivity in our lives when we recognize our personal values and make our decisions according to those values. Real values provide both a compass and guardrails. They’re invaluable. Once I discovered my values – the same ones I teach to my teams – I wrote up the following statement.

Do Your Job . . .

Regardless of our background or current role, we all have people that we’re responsible to. There are people in our life that rely on us each day to fulfill those responsibilities . . . to do our “job”.

It could be our family, our supervisor or colleagues at work, or even the people we go to church with. When we make the commitment to be part of a community and team, we choose to accept the responsibilities that come with our role.

No team can reach its full potential and achieve its mission unless everyone is pulling their weight. Or said another way, unless everyone does their job.

This isn’t just a saying, it’s a way to approach life. When we talk about doing our job, that’s another way for us to talk about focusing on whatever it is that deserves our attention at that moment. This could be on the basketball court, in the classroom, at home with our parents, at work or in our personal relationships.

When we give our focus to the person or the task in front of us it removes the stress and distraction of how we’re feeling at that moment, what has already happened, what could be coming up next or anything else that could become a distraction for us. 

“A lot of people feel pressure and never come close to playing to their potential, because they never play in the present moment. Instead, they play in the past or the future, which is where they feel pressure. There is no such thing as pressure in the present moment,” (Chop Wood Carry Water, p.70).

This is our #1 value and it fuels everything we do and teach on our team. Life, basketball, relationships . . . everything gets more simple and easier to manage if we focus our attention on the one thing or person that deserves our attention at that moment.

Do Your Job with . . . 

INTENSITY – Every role we fill and responsibility we take on should be approached with maximum effort at all times. Our relationships with family, when we’re in the classroom, or competing on the court – everything deserves our best. 

When we’re on the court, we compete with maximum aggressiveness and tenacity. We leave each practice and game not having anything left in the tank.

TOUGHNESS – We fight through adversity, and we never quit. In other words, just because we’re in the middle of challenging circumstances, we do not quit or give up. We choose to keep fighting, with intensity, no matter what the “score” is. 

Our tough are you? That’s a difficult question to answer because this is subjective. But here’s the question that we challenge ourselves with – What does it take to break you? What does it take to break your focus at the free throw line? What does it take to break your effort in the 4th quarter when you’re exhausted? What does it take to break your trust in your teammates when no one seems to be having a good game? What does it take for you to break the commitment you’ve made to a family member? That’s a great indication of your toughness.

DISCIPLINE – We do the right thing, the right way, at the right time, for the right reason. This will take toughness. For example, it takes mental toughness in order to be disciplined and keep your defensive fundamentals in the 4th quarter when you’re exhausted. Your body and your legs, will be telling you to stand up. But your toughness will tell your body to stay low and keep after it. That’s discipline.

ACCOUNTABILITY – We take responsibility for making sure that we do our job and we own whatever the outcome is because we know that we did everything we could. As long as we focused on our job at that moment and we competed with intensity, toughness and discipline then we can live with that result. And we will compete that way for the entire game. Then we can live with the outcome of that game. We don’t control the outcome. But we can own it, especially when we know that we’ve done all that we can.