I have long admired coaches, sporting stars, business executives and entrepreneurs who have extremely high expectations and standards. I have always been drawn to people who believe that being good isn’t really good enough. I get excited by people who strive to be outstanding and are always trying to improve their performance. Having a hunger for self-improvement has been contagious for me over the past few decades and that’s why I often write and talk about these topics in my posts.
Following on from a couple of my previous posts entitled:
- “DREAM BIG. WORK HARD” https://lnkd.in/bsKnHpg by @geoff_deweaver on @LinkedIn
- “STEP UP & ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS ” https://lnkd.in/b3PVZwB by @geoff_deweaver on @LinkedIn
I will continue to write about winning and leadership and how positive and inspirational coaches can have such a tremendous impact on a player and importantly, shaping a winning team. Whether in sports, business or in your life, a positive mindset will also help you achieve your goals.
Like many of my friends and colleagues, I consider myself an entrepreneur, businessperson and even as a former competitive athlete. I am still always looking for new ways to get gain a competitive edge. Every day I strive to focus harder, work more intensely, have a greater presence, be more passionate, and work harder and to bring your boldest self to the task at hand each and every day. I made this commitment to myself as a child growing up and have always tried to honor that commitment my entire adult life.
I have always looked for goal-oriented people to ‘model’ myself, my life and performance after, people who are achievers, doers, successful people and ‘game-changers’.
I had this type of experience with two of my sporting coaches as mentioned in previous articles/blogs and again when I moved back to the U.S.A. as a freshman in High School in New York. The first coach I encountered always emphasized the importance of improving your own performance and improving each and every time you practiced or played a game. He helped me to understand that winning occurs incrementally by doing your best each and every time you step-up to practice or play a game. He instilled in me the importance of goal-setting, consistently improving in both in the sport I was playing and in my life.
On the other hand, the second coach, was an old-time hyper-critical, negative type of coach, who didn’t hesitate to tear strips off anyone on the team, if you made a mistake, took an inappropriate shot, or if he thought you could be doing better or doing more. Winning was everything to him but his style of coaching inspired no loyalty, only fear of failure in me and all my teammates. This dramatic contrast in coaching styles made a lasting impression on me.
Picture: John Robert Wooden was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” as head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row.
That’s why coaches and athletes who encourage and inspire like the following have huge success:
- Coach Wooden (UCLA),
- Bill Walsh (49ers),
- Jim Boeheim (Syracuse),
- Dean Smith (North Carolina),
- Coach K (aka Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski),
- Howard Garfinkel, whose legendary Five Star Basketball camps made him the Godfather of grassroots US basketball,
- Mark Spitz (nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events),
- Julius Irving (aka Dr J),
- Michael Jordan,
- Stephen Curry,
- LeBron James
- Kelly Slater (surfer) and a few others…
Importantly, all the above have all had a profound impact on me and how I set goals, constantly try to improve my performance and make a commitment to daily and never ending improvement.
Consistently, and over time, I have seen and learned from all my past coaches, mentors and leaders. They have all had consistent traits including:
- They all Matter
- They all consistently ask WHY
- They have strong values
- The set extremely high standards
- They are ethical
- They often exude happiness, joy and the combination of all the above which gives them the ‘ultimate advantage’
Some of the other elements I are common and consistent with all my ‘models’ over many decades include:
- A consistent effort and commitment to an ever increasing standard of striving for excellence.
- They all demand and are passionate about pushing their limits, never settling for average and always trying to grow. Even if situations get uncomfortable, they NEVER give up and set their standards accordingly.
- They have all built a fantastic environment and surround themselves with passionate people and strong minded achievers. They all realize who you associate with, you will become. SO…to lift your standards, you must train and work with people/coaches each and every day that are your level or preferably better so they can help you to LIFT your standard or performance.
Establishing your Standard of Performance:
Like anything in life, in order to gauge and monitor your progress and success you need to quantify and implement reference points and guidelines. This will enable you to set your ‘Standards of Performance’ and monitor check your results. Here are the basic steps to implement daily:
- Identify all specific actions, improvements and attitudes you or your team must ‘step up’ to in terms of performance and productivity.
- If you want High Performance, you must set clear and defined goals for your efforts and execution. Clearly define your Standards of Performance. BE PRECISE and raise the bar.
- Tell yourself, your friends and your team that you must all be accountable, and expect everyone to posses the highest level of expertise and skill in their area or set of responsibilities
- Be sure to nurture, teach, preach and provide beliefs, values, and philosophy so you’re all on the ‘same page’. A company, sporting team or enterprise is not an inanimate object or a piece of clay – it is vital, living, growing, thriving and needs to be constantly freshened, nurtured and strengthened.
- Introduce new teachers, learning’s, connections and extensions along the way. Bring in outside experts, leaders, game-changers, innovators to share new ideas, concepts and directions to ‘revitalize’ and inspire you as well as your team.
- Ensure the expectations and metrics of your results are transparent, visible and help drive the collective vision and passion to higher standards of performance.
- MAKE the model the new standard of your own actions and attitude!
- Keep pushing the standards higher and look for both the upside as well as the downside. Commit to making SUCCESS a daily event
- Remove all fear and doubt from your mind. Have a can do mindset and avoid the people or companies that say ‘That’s the way we’ve always done it’. INNOVATE and THRIVE.
- Be committed to excellence, be positive, be prepared, be accountable, believe in yourself and importantly – BE BOLD and ENTHUSIASTIC AND YOU WILL BE A LEADER
Finally, stay passionate, step up and lift your standards every day.
Importantly, manage your state and mind daily AND surround yourself with achievers, visionaries, experts and positive, like-minded people. Don’t let your peer group pull you down or bring you down. Set yourself higher expectations and you will improve the trajectory of your life.
Win the day.
About Geoff De Weaver:
Hailing from New York; Geoff De Weaver is the globally experienced entrepreneur, digital pioneer, global marketer, technology disruptor, high performance business coach, transformation expert, author, keynote speaker, investor and CEO.
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