Full Out: Lessons in Life and Leadership from America's Favorite Coach (Hardcover)

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From the breakout star of Netflix’s Cheer, a motivational and inspiring guide to becoming a champion in all areas of life.

In Full Out, “the Bill Belichick of cheerleading” (The Cut) Coach Monica Aldama shares how she built one of the most successful and beloved cheerleading programs in the country. Her uncompromising brand of discipline and consistency goes far beyond the mat—showing how the principles of building a winning team apply to personal goals, the corporate world, parenting, and all aspects of life.

There’s a lot of talk these days about shortcuts and life hacks, but what really counts is commitment and integrity, helping your friends, and improving with your teammates. Coach Monica shares deeply personal stories of triumph and tragedy—from divorce and remarriage to her husband, her challenges as a young mother working more than full time, and her strenuous weeks on Dancing with the Stars. She shares surprising behind-the-scenes moments from the Cheer docuseries, and insights gleaned from more than two decades of pushing students to succeed. A true force and inspiration who has captured hearts around the world, Coach Monica will show you how to take command of your talent, make the most of your potential, and find your drive to win.

About the Author


Monica Aldama, one of the most successful athletic coaches in the country, became an overnight sensation after starring in the hit Netflix original series Cheer. She has been with Navarro College for twenty-five years where she has led the cheer squad to win fourteen national championships and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Navarro College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. A true force and inspiration that has captured the hearts of millions, she brings her empowering messages on leadership, resilience, teamwork, and success to audiences worldwide.

Praise For…


“Aldama, from Netflix’s docuseries Cheer, takes her wisdom from the mat to the page in this heartening debut. Using her no-nonsense style, Aldama—who coaches at Navarro College in Corsicana, Tex.—helps readers apply to their own lives the tenets of cheerleading that she’s used to lead her team to win 14 national championships.... Fans will appreciate the behind-the-scenes accounts she shares of filming the show....There’s lots to cheer for in Aldama’s upbeat and practical advice.”
Publishers Weekly

“Coach Monica breaks down her secret sauce for coaching students to absolute excellence. Her mix of tenacity and consistency has something to teach all of us. You’ll love every single word.”
Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author of Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire and host of the For the Love Podcast

“Coach Monica gets people to work harder, dig deeper, and give more than ever before. FULL OUT is exactly the kind of compassionate tough-talk that has driven our team to excellence time and time again. This book will inspire you to aim high and succeed no matter what ‘getting on mat’ means in your life.”
—Gabi Butler, two-time national cheerleading champion

“Monica Aldama inspires me to be braver and never settle for less. Whether you’re a literal cheerleader or someone who wants more actual cheer in their life, Full Out lays out how to harness your power and kick you into high gear. Monica delivers the kind of down-to-earth advice we need to be fearless, make excellence a habit, and to bet on ourselves.”
—Whitney Cummings, author of I’m Fine… And Other Lies
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982165918
ISBN-10: 198216591X
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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