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“The Day After The Victory”

I spent Sunday, December 18 at my son, Kevin’s church, No Limits Church (NLC), in Brooklyn NY. His pastor, Ken Bobe, invited me to come and facilitate a leadership workshop at 8:30am, and teach during their 10am service. I accepted, and visualized a successful and blessed outcome…

But what I experienced that day surpassed all my expectations! The people of NLC blessed me more than anything I ever did… Their warm, welcoming spirit, hospitality and genuine love for each other was awesome to see… NLC has a desire to become better leaders and positively impact the people they serve & BEYOND! Pastor Ken is masterfully leading them and I believe they will reach AND surpass their goals! Thank you, NLC! Gracias por todo!

The time spent with them has also inspired me to resurrect this blog and start posting again!

With that in mind — as I reflected on the day and how God just put things in place for ALL of us to be blessed; I have two important principles to share with No Limits Church OR anyone else peeking at this post! 🙂

Principle #1 is: “You’re most vulnerable the day after the victory.”

Principle #2“Truth unrehearsed is soon forgotten.” Let me explain…

The “victory” I refer to; in the case of NLC, is that you heard teaching that impacted your life, exposed some areas you need to work on… you even heard something that seemed aimed directly at YOU… That “victory” was followed by thoughts of, “wow, I have some things to work on and improve in my life…right? Principle #1 holds a simple yet profound warning for those engaged in the life pursuit of excellence: ACT ON THOSE THOUGHTS IMMEDIATELY!

If you don’t place value on what you heard and actively process it, rehearse it and find a way to IMMEDIATELY apply it to your life — you will soon forget it and miss an opportunity to grow!! (“Truth unrehearsed is SOON forgotten”…) You become vulnerable to falling back into bad habits, lack of discipline and a “roller coaster” life…

I encourage you to take some time and write down the “bold print” – the things that stuck out to you, and make a plan to implement them in your life. If you can’t do it RIGHT NOW, then make an appointment with yourself — i.e., make an “meeting with me” in Outlook or iCal… I’m serious folks — use technology to YOUR advantage.

Make the time, and attack those areas in your life that need to be improved. Persist through setbacks, persevere through your own mistakes and ask God for the desire and power to become a better leader.

If you are disciplined and do this, you will reap great rewards!!    

Quotes That Mirror My Thoughts On…


Dr. AR Bernard, pastor, CEO, mentor

“What was excellence at one level is mediocrity at the next.” ~Dr. AR Bernard

“The power of excellence is overwhelming. It is always in demand and nobody cares about its color.” ~Daniel James

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~Vince Lombardi

“Mediocrity will always try to drag excellence down to its level. Don’t trade your superiority for their inferiority.” ~Anonymous

“Find something that you’re really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can.” ~Chris Evert

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” ~Ralph Marston

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” ~Pat Riley

“Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer.” ~Rick Pitino

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” ~Booker T. Washington

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” ~Michael J. Fox

Excellence Before Ego

Jesus Shuttlesworth

Ray Allen, Boston Celtics

 The below post comes from a man I have come to admire & study over the past year! It’s highlights a lesson we can all learn: “excellence before ego!”


Excellence Before Ego

FEB 12, 2011

Ray Allen had a night to remember when he broke the NBA Career 3-Point Field Goal record formerly held by Reggie Miller. As I said to Ray when he got to the bench, “all those hours of work do pay off!” His just reward is to go down in NBA history.

Many have already asked me about Ray and his famous shooting workouts, but this is not the message that should be gleaned from his accomplishment. The most important message, and the lesson I got from the night, was how Ray puts “Excellence over Ego.” He is simply more about perfecting his role and his craft so that he can help the team win Championships than he is about satisfying a personal ego.

Does he have an ego? Yes! All greats in any line of work have egos, but Ray knows how to discipline his ego. He has the quiet confidence of knowing he has put the time in the gym preparing his game, the time in the weight room preparing his body, the time on the track preparing his cardio, and finally the discipline to fuel his body the proper way. This is what has allowed him to build up his shooting stamina to be able to shoot big shots in big late-game situations. His ego is more about a strong confidence that he is ready, rather than a false bravado hoping that the opponent is afraid of him!

What I have learned from Ray Allen is that you can be a star and still carry yourself with class. You can be one of the best ever and still not have to “talk a good game.” You can have an ego and still not be cocky. And you can strive for excellence every day knowing that it will lead you to great heights…but do it in a professional manner!

You can’t get much higher than being the All Time Leader in a league full of the best in the world! Excellence over ego……..a lesson we all should learn. Thanks, Ray!

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Everyday Thoughts For Coaches & Leaders



Coach Pat Summitt's office! Where she thinks everyday!! (Sports Illustrated photo)


This is from Coach Greg Brown’s blog: He is another great follow — check out his blog!


1.Check, Check & Re-Check
2.Retrieve, Review, & Reinforce
3.Expect, Inspect, Accept
4.Adapt, Improvise, Overcome
5.Sit and think 10 minutes a day
6.Don’t bail their butts out.
7.Keep a daily record of what I learned about people, relationships, basketball and life.
8.Do less and do it better.
9.Build a philosophy of life.
10.No shortcuts for anything are worthwhile.
11.Be true to yourself–do the things you know you should do.
12.We get what we tolerate.
13.Always try to learn.
14.Security is bad. It makes you complacent and dull.
15.Coaching is: Organization, Discipline and Communication.

Awesome thoughts!!

So, tell me: “what are YOU thinking about everyday”??