Vince Lombardi’s nine principles of success:
“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” vince lombardy
1. Commitment: “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of activity.” Vincent Lombardy. Lombardi goes on to state, “A winner must be committed to discipline, committed to sacrifice and self-denial, and committed to hard work.”
How committed are you? If you are an athlete, are you the first in practice and the last to leave? If you are part of an organization, do you make sure that your efforts help the entire organization? Are you willing to get involved and help others even when “it’s not my job”. As an educator, do you take the time to visit with other teachers in your field, learning ways to make yourself more valuable in the classroom? Are you willing to wit? What it takes to be successful?
2. Truth: “In football and business, a leader must be honest with himself and with the people he works with. Fidelity and truth are the most sacred qualities and qualities of the human mind.” vince lombardy
Are you being honest with your biggest fan and strongest critic: yourself? Are you doing the things on a daily basis that will allow you to do more, be more, have more? Or are you being dishonest with yourself and with those who count on you on a daily basis? With today’s business ethics or lack of ethics, people are looking to be able to deal with reliable and trustworthy people and organizations.
3. Excellence: “If you demand perfection, you will rarely achieve it. The fear of making a mistake is the main cause of making one. Instead of striving for perfection, relax and seek excellence.” winter cocoon
Lombardi said, “Nobody’s perfect. But guys, if you don’t settle for anything less than the best, you’ll be amazed at what you can do with your life. You’ll be amazed at how high you can rise.” in this world.”
Perfection rarely happens…it’s the perfect game thrown by a baseball pitcher, but it requires the help and support of his teammates. It is a game of 300 bowling, rarely achieved by anyone but the best bowlers. It’s the hole-in-one in golf…a feat rarely achieved. However, the pursuit of excellence should be a goal that we all seek.
4. Results- “Winning isn’t everything, but striving to win is.” vince lombardy
Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton had this to say about winning: “Winning is about getting the whole team on the same page.”
In team sports, there is usually one team that wins and one that loses. The team that plays together can often overcome a lack of talent to succeed. A team with a lack of character can win games, but it will not be successful in the long run and success will be short-lived.
We always set goals for our teams, and winning was not an important goal. We felt that if we could hit most of the goals set for each opponent, victory would take care of itself. We wanted results. We wanted to improve each and every time out. What do you expect for you and your organization?
“There’s no limit when no one cares who gets the credit.” john wood
5. Passion: “I learned that if you want to do it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can do it.” gayle sayers
Are you passionate about what you do? Do you have the first in the office, the practice field, the classroom mentality, or do you drag when things start? Do you believe in what you are doing, in your teammates and/or coworkers, do you have it in your heart, mind, and soul, and are you willing to accept excuses from yourself and your teammates? Does that fire burn deep inside of you?
“There is only one way to be successful at anything, and that is to give it your all. I do it and I demand that my players do it.” vince lombardy
6. Habit: “The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, or lack of knowledge, but lack of will.” vince lombardy
It has been said that doing the same thing today as yesterday and expecting different results is a definition of insanity. Habit is an act that we do repeatedly. It can be good or it can be bad. Psychologists estimate that 90% of the things we do are habitual. Think about it, starting with your morning routine and ending when you retire for the night. There are hundreds of things that you do the same way every day, often without thinking about them.
Robert Ringer, author of Million Dollar Habits states: “Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific simple habits that always lead to success.
7. Mental toughness: “If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’ll never walk off the field second.” vince lombardy
You often hear coaches say to their players, “We have to be mentally strong.” What is mental toughness? It is one of those words that are difficult to explain. I think my definition of mental toughness is the proper mental and physical preparation that allows you to forget the price, the sacrifices you have to pay to be successful. It’s what allows us to get off the mat once again after being knocked down. It gives us the ability to work on breathing in the hurt and pain that we may be experiencing. It is what allows us to recover from the temporary failures that life sends us.
When I was practicing, we were down 92-75 with five minutes left in the game. I called a timeout and asked my players how much gas they had left in the tank. I knew the other team was tired. I needed to be told that they could reach inside, give it their all for the rest of the game. We start to push. Our mood is that we were not going to lose. The gap closed, slowly at first, and then, as if someone had opened the floodgates, we were magically back in the game. With :08 seconds left in the game, we hit a three to send it into overtime. Our opponent was exhausted… but mentally we were up for the challenge. We ended up winning the game 119-111 in overtime.
8. Discipline: “Some people see discipline as a chore. For me, it’s a kind of command that frees me to fly.” july andrew
Normally when we hear the word discipline we associate it with punishment. According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, discipline can be defined as: training or developing through instruction or exercise, especially in self-control; to bring a group under control. George Washington declared, “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, gives success to the weak, and esteems all.”
For most of my coaching career, I didn’t set rules for my team. Our basic rule was to be where you’re supposed to be, do what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, and do it to the best of your ability. By following that simple set of rules, my players graduated, for the most part becoming the individuals I can be very proud of today.
9. Perseverance- “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; genius without reward is almost a proverb. Education won’t do it; the world is full of educated bums. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” calvin coolidge
Persistence and perseverance may be the most common quality of successful people. They refuse to lose, to give up. They know that the longer they hold out, the greater the chance of success. Thomas Edison could not have invented the light bulb more than 1,000 times. When asked by an insider how it felt to fail so many times, Edison replied that he didn’t fail, he figured out ways not to invent the light bulb.
H. Ross Perot, Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate, has this to say about perseverance: “Most people give up right when they’re about to achieve success. They give up at the one-yard line. They give up in the last minute of the game, a foot from a game-winning touchdown.”
There will be times when it will not be easy. People will doubt your ability, your effort, or your value to the organization. They may not believe in your dream or have the same passion as you. They may think it’s over their head or over the hill. What if Kurt Warner had believed all the things people said about him before the Arizona Cardinals headed to the Super Bowl?
I have been lucky enough to meet some people who have overcome tremendous obstacles to reach their goals. Kevin Saunders, bronze medal winner at the Paralympics (Barcelona, Spain) wrote a book about his journey appropriately titled, “There’s Always a Way…Never Give Up!”
I leave you with this thought: “The power to endure in spite of everything, the power to resist, this is the quality of winners. Persistence is the ability to face defeat again and again without giving up, to keep going in the face of the great difficulty, knowing that victory will be yours. Persistence means pushing yourself to overcome every obstacle, and doing whatever it takes to reach your goal.” Then.