Lessons Learned From Being Fired (part 2)

How you do anything will be how you’ll do everything.  Your “character” or “nature” just refers to how you handle all the day-to-day things in life, no matter how small. – Derek Sivers, Entrepreneur

Let this statement sink in a bit.  Think about what it means.

Lesson 2

How we do anything as a team is how we’ll do everything.

  1. Preparation for practice is more important than my role in practice.  John Wooden said he spent twice as long preparing for practice than the practice lasted.  When my practice preparation was meticulous – practice was successful.  If you want a great practice…. prepare greatly for it.
  2. Organizing my daily, weekly, monthly and season-long calendar made for productive days.  Jason Selk was once a performance coach of mine (Dr. Jason Selk). He stressed Organizing Tomorrow Today (OTT).  When I reviewed my calendar for the next day the night before, I woke without anxiety about my day.  Don’t work without aim.
  3. If you think you will “eventually get to” an important task – you won’t.  I learned to watch film early and monitor academics before anyone else showed up to the office.  Important tasks that require focus should be done first thing
  4. I never had the opportunity at Kentucky Wesleyan to upgrade facilities that players spent time in.  The Interim guy rarely gets to make capital project decisions.  Players need to feel that you are investing in them.  Where they dress is where they talk and share with each other.  That environment should be branded in a way that promotes winning effort.  At Valdosta State, our players loved being in the locker room because there was food, drinks, TV, comfortable sofas and nice restroom and shower facilities.  Since VSU’s upgrading of facilities, the wins have went from 10 in 2015 to 17, 26 and 26 in subsequent years.  Your players focus and effort will often mirror the investment you make in them.
  5. A standard must be set in any organization.  Championship teams see the standard as their baseline, or where they have to be on their worst day.  Losing teams see the standard as their ceiling.  What you accept or tolerate will become your new standard – good or bad.





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