What Champions Read

Arnold PalmerArnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87 and this legendary golfer will always be remembered for his competitiveness on the golf course, his charitable work off the course, his warm and gracious personality, and the optimism he always exuded.

Where did Palmer’s radiating optimism and self-confidence come from?

Brad Brewer, one of the world’s top golf instructors and a long-time friend of Palmer’s, found the answer to that question… [click to continue…]

Pete CarrollIn my last column, we talked about Pete Carroll’s “Always Compete” mindset and how the relentless pursuit of getting better at everything you do is at the core of Carroll’s coaching philosophy.

It’s this “Always Compete” mentality that has made Pete Carroll one of only three coaches to win both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship.

However, it should be noted that this ultra-competitive mindset isn’t limited to football or sports. The “Always Compete” mentality can be applied to all aspects of life. Pete Carroll explains… [click to continue…]

Pete CarrollPete Carroll is one of the most fascinating and innovative coaches in America. His high-energy, super-positive, open-minded approach to the game of football has challenged many of the long-held beliefs about the way coaches “should” coach football.

Conventional or not, Carroll’s approach obviously works as he’s piled up victories and championships at both the pro and college levels.

The central theme to Pete Carroll’s “Win Forever” philosophy is competition. He wants his players, his coaches, and everyone involved with his program to adopt an “Always Compete” mindset. He’s convinced that an atmosphere that constantly emphasizes relentless competition is the key to success—in any field.

However, sometimes people get the wrong idea about what “competition” really means. Pete Carroll explains… [click to continue…]

Dean SmithThe more I study successful coaches, the more I’m amazed at just how many of history’s greatest winners made a conscious effort to not talk about winning.

From John Wooden to Nick Saban, these great coaches concluded that because their players couldn’t always control the final score, talking too much about winning and losing could have a negative effect on their team’s performance.

Instead, these coaches recognized that their players could always control things like their effort, their attitude, their habits, their discipline, their preparation, and their concentration. By focusing on those things, the wins would naturally follow.

Dean Smith, North Carolina’s legendary basketball coach, is another leader who racked up the wins while promoting this philosophy… [click to continue…]

Lou HoltzSuccessful coaches tend to develop a life philosophy that goes well beyond the sport they coach. The great ones not only teach lessons for success in sports, but they teach lessons for success in life.

Lou Holtz has never been shy about sharing such life lessons. After a legendary coaching career, Holtz is convinced that in order to be happy in life, you need these four things… [click to continue…]

Bill WalshYou’ve probably been told that having a big ego is a bad thing. But the truth is, to achieve big dreams, you need to have a big ego.

You have to believe in yourself more than anyone else does. You have to have a level of inner-confidence that, to the outside world, may look like an oversized ego. The world is full of pessimists and naysayers and they can’t wait to chop away at the self-assurance of those who dare to dream big.

However, there’s a thin line between having a helpful ego and having a harmful level of arrogance. Crossing that line will result in a disastrous professional and personal life.

Bill Walsh, the legendary coach of the San Francisco 49ers, explained the crucial difference this way… [click to continue…]

Nick SabanNick Saban has won five national championships (one at LSU and four at Alabama), which makes him the most successful active coach in college football. His “secret” to success is something he calls, The Process.

Strikingly similar to the philosophy embraced by history’s greatest college basketball coach, John Wooden, The Process is a relentless focus on only the things that you can control. It means not being distracted by the scoreboard and not being intimidated by an opponent’s perceived strengths. Instead, Saban teaches his teams that they are responsible for what they create, not the other team.

Whether things are going good or bad at any given moment, Saban tells his teams to focus on the process of becoming champions and nothing else.

Practically speaking, here’s how Saban’s powerful philosophy applies to all areas of life… [click to continue…]

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