“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.” Achilochus 650 B.C. “Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you fall to the level of your training.” Navy SEAL.
Most teams can handle adversity. Few can handle success. Few teams can consistently rise to the level of expectations because only a few teams continue to train like they’re behind when the world keeps telling them they’ve won. This morning, a few gathered in the 3PP to give thanks and get after it. Every morning, leader, you and your team have a choice to make. Are you gonna get after it as if something’s been stolen from you or are you gonna mail it in like you’ve already made it? You choose. Your choices have consequences…
You, reader, have a similar challenge ahead of you if your team is winning. You’ve got to train harder once you reach the pinnacle of your work. You can’t simply turn it on when you think you have to. Your job, if you’re a leader, is to make your team train with an edge, relentlessly focused on execution, and commited to excellence. Your job is to make them think they’re behind even when they’re way ahead. Hard to do, regardless the sport or market. History is littered with all kinda teams who learned the hard way how difficult it is to maintain an edge with execution, and excellence. What are you doing to increase the level of your training, leader? Start by kicking your own, first. Nothing keeps the team on edge more than the edge of their leader. Study Alexander the Great, you’ll see.
Saturday, I’ll be watching and cheering on our Buckeyes – The Lady Basketball Buckeyes, that is. Today, I’ll be watching and cheering ‘em on. And, even on Friday too. Yes, that’s right, the Lady Buckeyes are gonna have three straight tests. KK, Alexa, Sierra, Asia, Stephanie, Karlie, Chelsea, Linnea, Savitha, Kelsea and Jensen, remember, you have what it takes. Train hard. Keep training. Happy Thanksgiving to you as you “train” out in Vegas.
Happy Thanksgiving to you too, reader. Wherever you are, I hope you are well. I hope you are grateful. I hope you are content and I hope you continue to seek challenge. I hope you continue to be thankful as you train.
Thankful as you train. Good..