Stay the course. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is going to be easy to do. Sometimes it can be intercepted and not go as planned. We must remain focused on the goal.
Recently, I was privileged to hear Coach Jerry Kill speak. As he addressed the audience, he left an impression that will not be easily forgotten. He had an eight-count message for students or any team members, and per my notes it went something like this … set, hut.
- Be accountable – everyone has to do their job… be on time and don’t waste time; you only have 24 hours in a day.
- Go to class (or work).
- Acting right…be a good person; you have the choice. You can be positive or negative.
- Play hard. It takes no talent to play hard. Everyone has a different position – not everyone can be the boss or be the ultimate best; just be your best.
- Everyone has to do their part. It shouldn’t be an “I” culture; it needs to be a “we” culture to win. We need to care more about the person next to us than ourselves to win.
- Communication – in person with people – to get the team going in the same direction. There is nothing more valuable than personal touch or a gesture. Don’t judge people by their looks, and instead – get to know them. Find out what makes them tick and treat them fairly but not the same – build relationships.
- Know the company/team/_______ (you fill in the blank)_______ inside out. Wash dishes. Pay dues and experience failure. Constantly learn to stay on top of your game. People are chasing you to the top.
- Mental toughness. You aren’t going to win everyday. Game day – everyday. Great preparation. Perseverance. It won’t always work out the way you planned. How do I handle adversity? You can judge people when their backs are against the wall – when you see their true colors… and they can judge you.
And of course… Eat well. Sleep well. Exercise. Give back. Repeat. Persevere.
For more highlights on Coach Kill, visit Coachjerrykill.com