Don’t underestimate the power of a vision.

McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, pictured his empire long before it existed,

and he saw how to get there. He invented the company motto

— ‘Quality, service, cleanliness and value’ —

 and kept repeating it to employees for the rest of his life.”

— Kenneth Labic

Ray Kroc

Winners Are Not Spectators – “Stay in the Game”


President Theodore Roosevelt


 *** Note from Coach O: the following is from President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “Man In The Arena” speech in Paris, circa 1910. It was forwarded to me by my brother in law, Jimmy Hendricks (no, not THAT “Jimmi Hendrix” 🙂 ) Thanks, Jimmy!

What a great quote and a reminder to “stay in the game” (arena), no matter how tough it gets because THAT is where victories are won!!




 It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,

Who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings;

But who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause,

Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails,

At least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Persist Until You Succeed

Coach Bob Starkey, LSU Associate Head women's basketball coach


The following is from Coach Bob Starkey’s blog: He shared Brian Tracy’s thoughts on discipline and persistence and I share them with YOU! I have already mentioned how great Coach Starkey’s blog is (more info on ALL his blogs below)…so read and apply to your life:

Many thanks to Coach Starkey!

 A wonderful writing from Brian Tracy that is a great read for coaches, players and everyone else in all other walks of life:

The most important single quality of success is self-discipline. Self-discipline is having the ability within yourself, based on your strength of character and willpower, to do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution after the enthusiasm with which the resolution was made has passed.

Persistence is Self-Discipline in Action
Perhaps the greatest display of self-discipline is persisting when the going gets tough. Persistence is self-discipline in action. Persistence is the great measure of individual human character. Your persistence is, in fact, the true measure of your belief in yourself and your ability to succeed. Each time that you persist in the face of adversity and disappointment, you build the habit of persistence. You build pride, power, and self-esteem in your character and your personality. You become stronger and more resolute. By persisting, you become more self-disciplined. You develop within yourself the iron quality of success, the one quality that will carry you forward and over any obstacle that life can throw in your path.

Get Going and Keep Going
Orison Swett Marden wrote in his book, “There are two essential requirements for success. The first is ‘go-at-it-iveness’ and the second is ‘stick-to-it-iveness'” Referring to the quality of persistence he wrote, “There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor, the conquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back.”

Persistence is Your Greatest Asset
Perhaps your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay at a task longer than anyone else. B.C. Forbes, who founded Forbes magazine and built it into a major publication during the darkest days of the Depression, wrote, “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeat.”

Adversity is What Tests Us
Throughout history, great thinkers have reflected on this paradox and have concluded that adversity is the test that you must pass on the path to accomplishing anything worthwhile. Herodotus, the Greek philosopher, said, “Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have lain dormant in its absence.” The very best qualities of strength, courage, character, and persistence are brought out in you when you face your greatest challenges and when you respond to them positively and constructively.

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Coach Don Meyer On Discipline

Coach Don Meyer, Head Coach, Northern State University

This is used and adapted from Coach Greg Brown’s blog: . He is an assistant women’s basketball coach at University of Central Florida. You should check out his blog on a regular basis – it is FULL of awesome nuggets to improve your leadership in sports AND life!!

Thanks, Coach Brown!!


There’s one truth I know–Where you find success, you find discipline [AND disciplined leaders]. To maintain and sustain success, one’s discipline must continue to grow and develop. [“an undisciplined leader who cannot lead himself can NEVER lead others” – Coach O]



 Here are more thoughts from Coach Don Meyer on DISCIPLINE:

•   Make the right choice
•   Do the right thing for the right reason.
•   Bad choices destroy discipline.
•   Do the right thing and do it right.
•   Do the next right thing right.
•   Motivation vs Manipulation. Manipulate–making someone else do something for you. Motivation–making someone do something for themselves.
•   When you do the next right thing right, you are as close to perfect as possible.
•   Discipline yourself so others won’t have to.
•   Must be able to trust you with the smallest of things in order to trust you with the largest of things.


**** Note from Coach O: I don’t know about YOU, but after reading this again – I need to work on some areas of my self-discipline!!!

“Live like a Champion today!!”