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Which is More Important: Resiliency v. “Game Control?”

I love college football and a couple of years ago, when I learned that a decision had been made to implement a four-team playoff, I was overjoyed.

As a fan, the move excited me because instead of relying on computers and polls, we’d have an actual committee to evaluate which teams had earned the right to battle for the national title…then let the championship be decided on the field. But as this season has progressed, I’ve lost much of my enthusiasm for that committee because it seems that every week it is announcing a new criteria for what makes a team a top-four candidate.

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Great Leaders Can Tap Into Their Own Focus With Rituals

Great focus is imperative to success. As the NBA Playoffs begin this week, you’ll find many coaches and players already deep in concentration for the post season.

Someone who understands that amount of focus is Jason Terry of the Sacramento Kings. Terry is one of the most accomplished bench scorers in the NBA, a former Sixth Man of the Year, and played an integral part in the 2010-11 Dallas Maverick’s incredible championship run.

Terry also has the distinction of being one of the league’s most superstitious players.

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Overcoming Epic Wins and Losses

Ask anyone in the worlds of business or sports the most important qualities for success, and their list is likely to include “hard work” and “determination.”

While no one can argue the importance of both of these traits, they often tower over a value that I’ve learned can play as pivotal a role in sustaining success as any: humility.

Success can blind us temporarily and subject us to various pitfalls, perhaps the easiest and most problematic of which is complacency. Too much pride after a Great victory can open us up to potential disappointment if we focus too much on applauding what we just accomplished instead of preparing for the next obstacle. Additionally, one of the Great challenges to winners is dealing with defeat. In the event that next obstacle results in disappointment, dealing with loss in too negative a way can jeopardize our future goals.

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