Monday, August 31, 2009

It is all about attitude!

“If you come out to get through it, if you don’t compete, then other people are going to pass you by. And that’s the facts. That’s what we were last year. We didn’t always come out here with the right attitude, the right focus. And it showed at times. Hopefully this year we’re more mature and we have a better understanding what it takes to have success at this level of college football.” — NU coach Bo Pelini

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Great quote from George Brett that Coach Cooley posted earlier this week:

A reporter once asked 3 time batting champion and Hall of Famer George Brett what he wanted to do in his last at-bat before retiring, he gave the following response:

"I want to hit a routine grounder to second and run all out to first base, then get thrown out by a half step. I want to leave an example to the young guys that that's how you play the game: ALL OUT."

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mental Toughness

“I think mental toughness is the difference in this League in being successful. I just think you let the competition take over. If you gear yourself to the competition, whether it’s the one-on-one, hitter-pitcher, or team against team, that’s where you’ll get measured.”-Tony LaRussa

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Belichick on LEADERSHIP

"When a player comes to work in the morning, he is PREPARED, READY TO GO, READY TO GO, READY TO IMPROVE as a player, READY TO HELP the team, ALERT, AWAKE, and has a GOOD ATTITUDE. You couldn't have any more leadership than that. That's what a true leader does, and believe me, some of the best leaders on the New England Patriots would never ever in 100 years stand up in front of the team and say, "Oh guys, we've got to do this or that."

Tiger's Attitude


I came across this article and I could really relate. I have never been a big fan of golf probably because I have never stepped on a course. But over the past five years I have been glued to the set on the weekend to watch Tiger. Not just to watch Tiger but to hear him talk about what he does. You don't have to be a golfer to see some of the reads why Tiger is so special. He has a very analytical mind along with a champions work ethic. But he also has a special mindset which Jeff Herring talks about:
I am not a golfer, unless you count an occasional game of putt-putt. I'm not even a fan of the game. But I am a fan of excellence, and so the following quotes by golfing great Tiger Woods recently caught my attention:
"I smile at obstacles."

"My will can move mountains."

"I will do it with all my heart."

This is a great approach to solving problems and facing challenges in life.

"I smile at obstacles."
What a novel approach. Most of the time, we cringe, avoid and complain instead. Unfortunately, none of that solves a problem. Often, problems just get worse.
Smiling at obstacles means we know that we're bigger than the problems facing us, because we know we will learn and become stronger and wiser through solving them.Instead of complaining about challenges, we can see them as gifts. Most every problem or challenge comes with a gift in its hands. The gift is what we will learn through solving the problems and facing the challenges.
Several years ago I worked in a drug rehab program for teenagers. Late one evening, as I talked with one of the staff about the crises of the day, I said "You know what, whatever we do in the rest of our careers will have to be easier than this." Scott's response was, "Either that, or this is just preparing us for what's next."

Scott was right. Problems and challenges can either define you or refine you. When you embrace the situation in front of you, you are refined like gold.

"My will can move mountains"
This does not mean that our will is the be all and end all of any given situation, or that our will can get us anything we want. Frankly, if humans are the be all and end all, we are all in big trouble. What this quote means, I believe, is that when we focus our energy on the problems before us, they are in trouble. The ability to understand where you are, look at where you exactly want to go, create a plan to get there, and then work the plan for all you are worth brings incredible rewards.
Focused action can move the mountains in front of you. But too many times we are like the frog in this riddle: "Three frogs were sitting in a pond on a lily pad when one decided to jump off. How many frogs were left?" Most people say two. The correct answer is three, because while the frog may have decided to jump, he did not jump off.
While it's important to decide to do something, focused action is the only way to get the results you want.

"I will do it with all my heart"
I believe most people sleepwalk through life. Just stand outside a large office building on a Monday morning. You'll see people in trances, sleepwalking through their day.
Yet when we bring all our heart to any activity, we come alive and actually have the opportunity to live the way we say we want to.
All of us know folks who brings their whole heart to what they do. Don't you love being around them?
Why not be one of those people yourself?
When we bring our whole heart to a problem or challenge, it is easier to solve, and we just might have fun along the way.

There is a saying that there is a time in the life of every problem or challenge when it is big enough to notice, and small enough to solve easily.
When you bring these three skills to the table, you will notice problems early, solve them easily and grow more than you ever thought you would.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A simple approach to scouting....

"Belichick's general defensive philosophy was simple.
Find out what the other guys do best -- whish is what they
always want to do, especially under pressure in a big game --
take it away from them, and make them do things
that they are uncomfortable with."
From The Education of a Coach
By David Halberstam

How bad do you want it?

Great 12 minute story. Well worth your time: