Category Archives: Winning

Success Shaming

Teams should be careful to avoid the mindset that what they do to be successful is somehow wrong because others feel shame due to the choices they make that result is less success. There is a gravity that pulls us away from what is best towards those who are not willing to do what it takes to

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What Quitting Says

What about that first time? That first chance to defy the odds and play like you expect to find a way forward? What causes that? Belief in the team. Teams that quit have no confidence in themselves or their teammates. They are always looking for a way out instead of a way forward. Their fear seems like

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Honor

Great teams are often misunderstood by their less successful counterparts. Ordinary teams like to make the assumption that those who seem to have better outcomes or positions obtained those outcomes or positions by cheating. The reality is that truly great teams focus on the most important things which include integrity and honor. Cheating is far more likely

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Challenges at the Summit

Success doesnt always feel like we imagine it should while we pursue it. Success has its own set of problems that are beyond the pursuit of success. In fact, the trials of the pursuit prepare us for the challenges that comes with success. The mindest of those who believe that the team’s problems would be solved through

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Ringing

Imagine calling a lost phone and listening for the ring in order to pinpoint its location. Similarly, when we are listening for success, we must be able to quiet all other noise so we can figure out if we are any closer to finding it. The familiar noise of our lives often drowns out the faint tone

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Elusive

Teams seem to search for success like they search for a lost phone. They think they know where it is but when they check the last place they remember seeing it, it’s often not there. Success seems like something hidden or buried but in reality it’s usually hiding in plain sight. The problem with success is not

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Willing Smarter not Harder

Michael Jordan is quoted as saying, “It’s not how hard you pushed along the way. It’s about having something in you to finish.” Having a strong will isn’t about working yourself to exhaustion. It’s about having the willpower to make the best decisions at every opportunity. It’s about resting well so that you can be at your

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Why Some Game-Plans Work

Every team is excited about their game-plan on the day they think it up. Some teams are excited when the game-plan works and they get to hold up a trophy or the equivalent to it. Other teams never really get to see their game-plan pan out. There are lots of reasons why a game-plan fails but there

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Finding the Summit

Success makes us busy because when we do something successful, we find that there is no real summit on the mountain to rest on. There is always another path to climb. This is why success is not often long-lived or repeated. The additional work that comes with winning often causes people to relax and thus head back

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Sooner is better than later.

Holding the line against compromise is difficult. Sometimes it’s a battle of wills between the coach and team. Sometimes it’s a parent who is trying to do the right thing by saying “no” to their wonderful whining child. The temptation to give in is real. Especially when you know you have the power to make the whiner

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