Thanks to Columbia University Head Baseball Coach and good friend, Brett Boretti, this past week, I had an amazing opportunity to hear best-selling author Jon Gordon speak to the Columbia University Baseball and Women’s Lacrosse teams. Jon Gordon’s book The Energy Bus jumpstarted my thoughts and beliefs in building the Community of Competitors as a goal in my life.
The following are ten pieces from Jon’s talk:
- Culture drives a team to achieve.
Teams achieve great things as a result of the culture they build. A culture of teamwork and positivity will drive the habits that produce daily energy and progress.
- Goals do not take you anywhere.
Goals are great to have and we all need them, however a commitment to the process of improving is what moves us and takes us to great experiences and achievement.
- Optimism is a competitive advantage.
Teams and individuals that maintain a positive outlook work harder and achieve more. Optimists believe their hard work will pay off.
- We are being refined, not defined.
Optimists are not defined by their failures; they are refined by their failures. They take the lessons learned from a failure and refine their thought process or actions improve.
- Visualize the outcome and focus on the Process.
Champions love to visualize and feel the dog pile of a championship, however true competitive champions know the process is what drives the progress and allows championships to be achieved.
- Distractions are the enemy of greatness.
Like the great scientists who have made discoveries with Microscopes, great teams can zoom focus on the task at hand and what is needed to get 1% better everyday.
- You do not have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great.
Great competitors and leaders are always serving and looking for what they can do for others.
- When you know your why, you know your way.
When you have a purpose in life, you will find a way to make things happen.
- I am not who I am. I am who I am becoming.
We are always learning, always gaining experience. We are being molded into the great competitors we can become.
- We cannot choose the events in our life, but we can choose our response.
We are born to be great. Greatness is achieved because we are able to respond in a positive way to every setback and success in our life.