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Handout #345:: Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply

Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply

After reviewing my athletic career, spiced with five years experience of operating my own business, I can offer the following guidelines to achieving success in both sports and the business world, because the same principles apply.

First of all, you need to have both long-range goals and short-range goals.  In my case, the long-range goal was to play pro football.  But in order to do this, I had to have short-term goals such as increasing my agility, putting on weight, building strength, and being competitive enough to get a college scholarship.  In college, I had the same basic goals, along with the development of self-discipline and making my grades.  After attaining my goal of becoming a professional ball player, I set new goals – becoming an All-Pro and winning a Super Bowl.

The next ingredient in my formula for success is dedication.  This includes rigorous self-discipline, consistent hard work, and maintaining a strict routine.  With the right attitude of dedication, you can make every day profitable toward achieving the big goal.

Of course, to be successful, one must have good ability which is God-given.  Our creator designs each of us with specific talents, but then we have the choice to develop our potential or not.  A winner will choose to make the most of his assets and even over compensate for areas of weakness.

To be successful, one must have experience.  In my case, I played in five unsuccessful seasons with the Cowboys before finally starting to win.  Each losing season gave me some valuable experience which finally contributed to the winning seasons.

The final attribute I wish to list for that of a winner is self-confidence.  There is a saying, “A chain is as string as its weakest link.”  Lack of confidence could be the weak link in the chain, so one must believe in oneself in order to achieve success.  Self-confidence comes from learning your own strengths and weaknesses.  Through much experience in competing, one arrives at this knowledge.  Then one can build up weak areas and focus on the strong ones.

— Bob Lilly, NFL Defensive Tackle

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #345: Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.


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