Great lesson from “Bo’s Lasting Lessons”:
If I wasn’t a football coach, one thing I know I could never have tolerated was showing up for work and going through the same motions every day. No goals, no deadlines, nothing to shoot for….I don’t care what your business is – whether you’re running a company or a classroom or a Boy Scout troop. You need to find a way to instill game day urgency in everything you do. Because without it, ever day is just like every other day, everyone loses interest and then they lose focus.
Let’s look at the big picture first. In the off-season we lad out our entire year, with our eleven games as the focal point. We structured our entire program-everything we did, every single day – around those eleven game days. We blew that schedule up and plastered it on every wall we could find – all the meeting rooms, the weight room, all over the football building – and we did it for a reason: This is why we’re doing what we’re doing. This is the point.
When you were lifting weights, you weren’t just lifting weights – you were getting ready for our opening game against Notre Dame on September 16. When you were in a meeting, you weren’t just in a meeting, you were getting ready for Michigan State on October 14. And trust me, brother, when you were practicing, you weren’t just pushing sleds -no. You were getting ready for the Buckeyes of Ohio State on November 25.
Because otherwise, why are we working like dogs in the middle of February? How do you stay motivated to run sprints all spring? I’ll tell you why: Because we had Notre Dame on September 16! We had Michigan State on October 14! We had Ohio State on November 25!
We reminded them constantly why we were asking them to do what they were doing: to win those games. Nothing kept us more focus than knowing game day was coming up.
Look. I have no illusions. I was a football coach, not a CEO or a senator or substitute teacher. But I guarantee you this: If I were a CEO, I’d turn product launches into a Michigan State game, quarterly results into an Ohio State game, and annual reports into the Rose Bowl. Whatever I had to work with, I’d turn it into something to shoot for, into something for the entire organization to focus on, to create that upcoming game day urgency. No matter what field you’re in, you can do it – and you need to.
After reading this chapter in “Bo’s Lasting Lessons”, as a church leader I thought of a number of things that should motivate us and our people. I’m sure you can think of few yourself!
I hope this little leadership nugget is benificial today and maybe cause you to re-focus on what really matters in your life and why your really doing what your doing. May God bless you and may “Ridiculous” favor be upon you.