An excerpt from “The Score Takes Care of Itself,” by legendary NFL football coach, Bill Walsh, with Steve Jamison & Craig Walsh
In chapter 1, Walsh states, “When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything. survive and win.”
Walsh further states: “The competitor that won’t go away, who won’t stay down, has one of the most formidable competitive advantages of all. When the worst happens; and it did to me, I was helped by knowing what it took to be that kind of competitor—to not go away, to get up and fight back….. I have tried to adhere to some simple dos and don’ts for mental and emotional equilibrium in my personal and professional life, nothing profound, just a few plain and uncomplicated reninders that helped me manage things mentally and stay afloat:
MY FIVE DOs FOR GETTING BACK IN THE GAME
- Do expect defeat. It’s a given when the stakes are high and the competition is working ferociously to beat you. If you’re surprised when it happens then you’re dreaming; dreamers don’t last long.
- Do force yourself to stop looking backward to dwelling on the professional “train wreck” you were just in. It’s mental quicksand.
- Do allow yourself appropriate recovery—grieving—time. You’ve just been knocked senseless, give yourself a little time to recuperate. The keyword here is “little”. Don’t let it drag on.
- Do tell yourself “I will stand and fight again,” with the knowledge that when things are at their worst you are closer that you can imagine to success. Our Super Bowl victory arrived less that sixteen months after my “train wreck” in Miami.
- Do begin planning for your next serious encounter. The smallest steps—plans—move you forward on the road to recivery. Focus on the fix.
MY FIVE DON’Ts
- Don’t ask “Why me?”
- Don’t expect sympathy.
- Don’t bellyache.
- Don’t keep accepting condolences.
- Don’t blame others.
What great advice from one of the greatest coaches ever! I must thank my friend, Joey Burton, for recommending this book. He has become a great friend and shared this book at the right time in my development! Thanks, JB!
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