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Vince Lombardi’s Nine Principles of Success

Vince Lombardi’s Nine Principles of Success:

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Vince Lombardi

1. Commitment: “The quality of life of a person is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his field of activity”. Vince Lombardi. Lombardi goes on to say, “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 to train and the last to go out? If you are part of an organization, are you ensuring that your efforts are helping the entire organization? Are you willing to participate and help others even when “it’s not my job”? As an educator, do you take the time to visit other teachers in your field, learning ways to make yourself more valuable in the classroom? Are you willing to WIT? What does it take 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 gifts and excellence of the human mind.” Vince Lombardi

Are you being honest with your biggest fan and your 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 seek to be able to deal with trustworthy 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 it. Instead of striving for perfection, relax and seek excellence.” Winter bud

Lombardi said: “No one is perfect. But guys, if you don’t settle for anything less than the best, you will be amazed at what you can do with your lives. You will be amazed at how much you can improve 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’s a 300-pound bowling game, rarely seen by the best bowlers. It’s hole-in-one in golf … a feat rarely accomplished. However, the pursuit of excellence should be a goal that we all seek.

4. Results- “Winning is not everything, but striving to win is”. Vince Lombardi

Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton had this to say about winning: “Winning is getting the whole team on the same page.”

In team sports, there is usually one team that wins and one team that loses. The team that plays as a team can often overcome a lack of talent to be successful. A team without character can win games, but it will not be successful in the long term 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 achieve most of the goals set for each opponent, victory would resolve itself. We wanted results. We wanted to improve every time. What do you expect for yourself and your organization?

“There is no limit when nobody 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.” You say of Gayle

Are you passionate about what you do? Are you the first to go to the office, to the practice field, to the classroom mentality, or are you dragging yourself when things start? Do you believe in what you are doing, in your teammates and / or co-workers, do you have it in your heart, mind and soul, and are you unwilling to accept excuses from you or your colleagues? of team? Does that fire burn deep within you?

“There is only one way to succeed at anything, and that is to give it your all. I do it and I demand that my players do it.” Vince Lombardi

6. Habit- “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, or a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi

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 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 in the evening. 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 religious understanding and practice of simple and specific habits that always lead to success.

7. Mental toughness: “If you are lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he will never leave the field in second place.” Vince Lombardi

Coaches are often heard saying to their players: “We have to be tough mentally.” What is mental toughness? It’s one of those difficult words to explain. I think my definition of mental toughness is the proper physical and mental preparation that allows you to forget the price, the sacrifices you have to pay for success. It is what allows us to get off the mat once more after being knocked down. It gives us the ability to strive to inspire pain 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 training, we were down 92-75 with five minutes left in the game. I called for a time out and asked my players how much gas they had left in their tank. He knew the other team was tired. I needed to be told that they could get inside, give it their all for the rest of the game. We started to press. Our state of mind is that we were not going to lose. The gap closed, slowly at first, and then, as if someone had opened the floodgates, we magically returned to the game. With: 08 seconds left in the game, we hit a three to send it into extra time. Our opponent was exhausted … but mentally we were ready for the challenge. We ended up winning the game 119-111 in overtime.

8. Discipline: “Some people consider discipline a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that frees me to fly.” Julie andrews

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 have a group under control. George Washington declared: “Discipline is the lifeblood of an army. It makes a small number formidable, it seeks the success of the weak and the esteem of all.”

For most of my coaching career, I didn’t burden my team with rules. Our basic rule of thumb was to be where you were supposed to be, doing what you were supposed to be doing, when you were supposed to be doing it, and doing it to the best of your ability. By following that simple set of rules, my players graduated, for the most part they became people I can be very proud of today.

9. Perseverance: “Nothing in the world can replace perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than talented failed men. Genius will not; genius without reward is almost a proverb. Education He won’t; the world is full of educated bums. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ” Calvin coolidge

Persistence and perseverance can be the most common qualities of successful people. They refuse to lose, to give up. They know that the longer they stay there, the greater the chances of success. Thomas Edison could not invent the light bulb more than 1000 times. When asked by a reporter how it felt to fail so many times, Edison replied that he did not fail, that he found 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 just when they are about to succeed. They give up at the yard line. They give up at the last. minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown. “

There will be times when it won’t be easy. People will doubt your ability, your effort, or your value to the organization. They may not believe in your dream or they may not have the same passion as you. They may think it is on their head or on the hill. What if Kurt Warner had believed all the things people said about him before the Arizona Cardinals raced to the Super Bowl?

I have been fortunate to meet some people who have overcome tremendous difficulties in reaching their goals. Kevin Saunders, bronze medalist at the Paralympic Games (Barcelona, ​​Spain) wrote a book on the title of his trip quite appropriately, “There is always a way … Never give up!”

I leave you with this thought: “The power to resist despite everything, the power to resist, this is the quality of winners. Perseverance is the ability to face defeat over and over again without giving up, to move forward in the face of great difficulty, knowing that victory will be yours. Perseverance means striving to overcome all obstacles and doing what is necessary to reach your goal. ” Later.

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