Pre-season high school basketball is winding down and the regular season is just around the corner. Every coach and player has their sights set on having a successful season. While everyone wants to have success, there are few who know how to reach it. Sadly, many just wish for it to happen. This week we’ll discuss five things winning coaches and players do that separate themselves. By the way, all five things listed also translate into all walks of life.
First, winning coaches and players are never satisfied. They have the mentality of, “I’m good, but I’m not nearly as good as I can be.” People on the opposite end of the spectrum think, “I’m not as bad as a lot of people are.” That line of thinking is abundant and it breeds mediocrity. Contentment and mediocrity go hand in hand. Winners are always pushing. They don’t accept the status quo. In fact, they are constantly thinking, “There’s got to be a better way.” The opposite will think and say, “Well, that’s the way it’s is always been done.” Contentment breeds mediocrity.
Secondly, winning coaches and players have respect. They respect those who are superior to them and they try to learn from them. Oftentimes people fear and resent those that are superior. Winners know that there is always someone better and you can always learn something from them to improve yourself. Losers resent and spend way too much time trying to find chinks in the armor. Winners have respect for the process and for those who achieve success the right way.
Winning coaches and players feel a sense of responsibility. They feel responsible for more than their job. Losers will say, “I only work here.” What separates the winners is that they don’t look at it as “just a job.” It’s more to them. It’s a part of them and the team reflects them. Winners are invested and because of this they stand to lose something. Being invested brings a sense of purpose and motivates people to give their best. Winners feel responsible to not only do their job, but to help make those around them better so sustainable success can be achieved.
A fourth characteristic winning coaches and players have is being diligent. They work harder. Winning coaches and players not only work hard, but they work with a purpose. They find more time without sacrificing what’s most important: family. Winners are able to prioritize. They are able to work through problems, whereas losers will say, “I’m too busy.” Losers don’t do what success requires. They do the bare minimum. Losers find a way to go around problems rather than confronting them head on. At the first sign of trouble, losers will give in. Winners persist and prevail.
A final thing that separates winning coaches and players is that they are committed. They make a commitment to doing what is necessary to achieve success. This requires a great deal of sacrifice. Losers make shallow promises. They skip workouts and don’t plan, only to promise to do it “next time.” The phrase, “Next time” is ingrained in the loser’s vocabulary. There is no next time for winners. There is only this time! Winners not only are committed, but they are disciplined. Commitment and discipline go hand in hand. Winners know this and learn to discipline themselves. They don’t rely on others to get them up, to practice, or a workout. Winners don’t rely on others to give them information and best practices. They get up and put in the extra time that success requires.
We live in a world where everybody wants success but few want to work for it. I believe the five traits discussed above apply to any walk of life. Those that are winners have and embrace these traits. On the surface they look easy to have, but winners know they’re not and that it takes a great deal of fortitude to possess them.
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