TRIBE of Competitors,
“Win Forever means to aspire to be the best you can be, or to “maximize your potential.” But Winning Forever is not about the final score; it’s about competing and striving to be your best. Competition is the central theme of Carroll’s football program and life, and the day-to-day thinking is driven by one thought: to do things better than they have ever been done before. If you want to win forever, you must always compete.”
– From Pete Carroll’s story behind his winforever.com web site.
Focusing on the process to achieve greatness is at the center of the Heart of a Competitor. Achieving greatness and competing is about taking every single opportunity to improve, to find a better way to do something, and knowing that achieving at a high level is about consistently adhering to the process of finding methods to advance ourselves.
The central theme of Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll’s Win Forever philosophy is written above.This philosophy is a true testament to maintaining a focus on the process. Coach Carroll began to develop his Win Forever philosophy after his first head coaching position in the National Football League ended in his being fired. While he was out of work, he took a long hard look at his philosophies and decided that if he got another opportunity to coach he would focus his day-to-day thinking on doing things better. Ironically, when Coach Carroll began to implement his Win Forever philosophy, which focused on competing and continually improving, his teams achieved more success on the field of competition against their opponents.
The Heart of the Competitor maintains laser-like focus on the process of maximizing their skills to the highest-level possible, to always compete. While the competitor is competing, they understand that true competition is with themselves to get better, to improve their skills to a higher level than they were at the beginning of the day. When continued improvement is the goal, the process is front and center in our minds and achievement will be higher than even expected.
Will Ferrell was the 2017 Commencement address speaker at the University of Southern California (USC). You can watch the full commencement address here:
Will Ferrell USC Commencement Address
During this address, the Actor/Comedian talks about enjoying the process and near the end of his address he says, “Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result.” Today, and this week, enjoy the process of living each day in your search to become and develop a Competitor’s Heart, without succumbing to the pressure that can be placed on you related to the results.
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Pick out one thing that you are going to focus on today and find a way to do it better. Write the one thing down and a plan to make it better.
Every day is a competition and it is yours to win.
Yours in Competition,