This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Be the Best Coaches Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. When attending a coaches conference it’s always amazing to me that those coaches that have achieved the most success in terms of wins and losses are the ones who want to learn the most.
At the Be the Best Coaches convention there were a number of successful NCAA Division I softball coaches, including University of Tennessee Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly, University of Michigan legendary Head Coach Carol Hitchens, University of Oklahoma’s Head Coach Patty Gasso and James Madison’s Head Coach Mickey Dean. Each one of these coaches was a presenter at some point during the convention, however, when they were not presenting, they were engaged in the various presentations, trying to pull new insights they could use into their program.
When I came home from this convention, I did a little research on the success these head coaches have had. These four coaches have combined for 4,476 wins and 1433 losses. This is means these four coaches have won over 81% of their games. While they have achieved the success in terms of wins and losses, they refuse to be satisfied with where they are. This is common among all high performers, the desire to get better, the status quo is not acceptable.
A second lesson learned from each of these competitors is their respect for each other. This respect is the true focus of competition. The root of competition is seeking with our opponent to play at the highest level, not competing against the opponent to pull them down. If the highest achieving coaches can demonstrate this respect, then each of us can do this in our everyday life.
This is living with the Competitor’s Heart, the confidence to know you are great, but the desire to become more. As you work to become more and compete, you respect your opponent to the highest of levels.
Continue to build your Competitor’s Heart and remember that everyday is a competition and it is yours to win.