Do you remember a coach who would say a certain phrase or word that completely symbolized everything about them? It might have been positive or negative but each coach has distinct phrases or words that either ignited your brain or turned it off.
I recently have been mindful of some power words that positively engage athletes when training. If you don't already use them, please give them a try. If you already do, pay very close attention to your athlete's eyes and facial expression, it's quite amazing.
3. "Battle." Again primarily used with boys in a team setting. I have the opportunity to go to our practices and be apart of coaching some drills. Whenever there is a paired drill and it's competitive, I love to throw in phrases like "I want to see a battle." It permeates a sense of respect for your opponent but also claims that "I am giving everything this next play, you better do the same." After the drill, I saw the players tired but when they finished a sign of respect by a pound or tap on the helmet.
The hardest part with these power words is not overusing them. You will see how well it engages the brain and leads to improvement.
What are your power words?