Who better to learn from about success and becoming a champion, than someone who made a career out of making champions?
Mike Shanahan is one of the top NFL coaches of all time. With 170 wins as a head coach, he’s trained some of the greats in football including Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders and John Elway… as well as leading Denver Broncos to two back-to-back Super Bowl victories.
“The game of life is won or lost before you take the field”
You must first have a plan for how to win, without which winning is impossible.
Mike Shanahan’s Principles Of Success
The difference between someone who is successful and someone who isn’t is not about talent. It’s about preparation.
It’s easy to stay motivated and take action when everything goes right. It almost never does. Which is why champions prepare and are ready for anything. Everyone sees the winning touchdown that wins the game, but no one sees hours, days, weeks, months and years of preparation that go into making this touchdown.
Successful sales people spend a lot of their time in preparation for getting the sale.
Michael Jordan (as are all the greats in any sport) would spend hours practicing, long after everyone else goes home.
Winston Churchill, considered by many to be one of the best orators of the 20th century, actually spent much of his time rehearsing and preparing his speeches. The only thing people saw though were eloquently and brilliantly delivered talks without any notes.
Without preparation, winning the championship, whether on a football field, on a basketball court or in business is simply not possible.
If you want to live an extraordinary life, there is a price to pay. There is a time for sacrifice and giving something up to attain a lot more in the future.
Mike Shanahan says…
“Whatever the sacrifice, it is worth the price of pursuing your passion. Give every game everything you’ve got, or don’t bother suiting up.”
Mike talks about working Jerry Rice when he coached San-Francisco 49ers. Jerry wanted to be the best wide receiver to ever play the game. And even though he already held the all-time NFL record for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, he was relentless.
In the off season, Jerry was up at 6am, going to through strenuous stretching drills for hours. Then he would lift weights in a quick rotation without resting. And he would couple that with mental preparation of watching games and studying other players.
He had the most all-time records because he simply worked harder than anyone else.
3. Learning To Follow The Leaders
You can’t get ahead if you don’t study the best.
I’ve always believed that you need to find successful people, learn what they’re doing and copy them. And I don’t mean copy literally, but follow in their footsteps.
By studying the best, you can learn from their failures and successes alike. From their mistakes as well as their wins.
Mark Cuban says he reads an hour or two a day to make sure he’s on the cutting edge of what’s happening. And the dude is a Billionaire.
Tom Hopkins says – “School is never out for a pro.”
Look at anyone who’s successful, whether an athlete or an entrepreneur, studying and learning is one of the success habits they practice daily.
4. Setting Goals
Each night, Mike would take a piece of paper and make lists of tasks for the next day. He says…
“I put them in writing so I can review them, update them, revise them, stare at them, and ingrain them into my thinking. These are my short-term goals. And this is how I go about attaining them: list them, do them, check them off.”
The key to achieving big goals is to have short-term goals as small stepping stones to accomplishing the big things you want.
It’s easy to say that you want a Million Bucks. Everyone wants that. Few, very few are willing to plan exactly how they’ll attain it, break it down into small daily steps, and most important of all – have the discipline to take action every day.
Using this deceptively simple goal-setting formula, there’s hardly anything you can’t accomplish.
“Limits are self-imposed. But there are no limits to human energy, nor the goals you can achieve. A tireless effort is the most dependable way to succeed. You’ve got to keep going, day and night, night and day, and keep your eye on the goal.”
Without building your belief muscle it’s virtually impossible to succeed. No one wins the Super Bowl without believing they’re going to win.
The other day I was listening to a podcast with Aubrey Marcus, the founder of Onnit, a fitness and nutrition company. And he was telling a story about one of the MMA fighters, (can’t recall his name) and how the guy just had a 100% belief he will beat you. And how that belief helped him win against some of the toughest, and in some cases more skilled and stronger opponents. He would just dominate them with his relentless drive and unshakable belief that he would beat’em. He’d wear his opponent out.
Mike Shanahan says…
“In life winning breeds winning. The more you do it, the more you expect to do it, and the more you believe you can do it.”
This lifts our attitude, makes you more positive, and consequently near impossible to beat.
Mike says that when his team had this kind of belief, their opponents would sense the confidence and the belief they were unbeatable. This would make the opposing team feel that they’re in for a serious battle.
He trained his champions to think – Success comes in cans, not in cannots.
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