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What DO The Best Do Differently

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What DO The Best Do Differently

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Humble

It’s Personal

They hate to lose more than they love to win.

Rubbing Elbows

Rubbing Elbows

They understand the value of association.

Believe

Believe

They have faith in a higher power.

Contagious Enthusiasm

Contagious Enthusiasm

They are positive thinkings… They are enthusiastic… and that enthusiasm pays off.

Hope for the Best, But...

Hope for the Best, But…

They prepare for all possibilities before they step on the field.

What Off-Season?

What Off-Season?

They are always working towards the next game… The goal is what’s ahead, and there’s always something ahead.

Visualize Victory

Visualize Victory

They see victory before the game begins.

Inner Fire

Inner Fire

They use adversity as fuel.

Ice in their Veins

Ice in their Veins

They are risk-takers and don’t fear making a mistake.

When all else Fails

When all else Fails

They know how – and when – to adjust their game plan.

Ultimate Teammate

Ultimate Teammate

They will assume whatever role is necessary for the team to win.

Not Just About the Benjamins

Not Just About the Benjamins

They don’t play just for the money.

Hard Workers

Do Unto Others

They know character is defined by how they treat those who cannot help them.

When No One is Watching

When No One is Watching

They are comfortable in the mirror… they live their life with integrity.

When Everyone is Watching

When Everyone is Watching

They embrace the idea of being a role model.

Records are made to be Broken

Records are made to be Broken

They know their legacy isn’t what they did on the field. They are well rounded.

Great Teams Understand Their

Great Teams Understand Their “WHY”

They are connected to a Greater purpose.

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Great Teams Have And Develop Leaders

Great Teams Have And Develop Leaders

They sustain success by placing a high value on leadership.

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Great Teams Allow Culture to Shape Recruiting

Great Teams Allow Culture to Shape Recruiting

They sustain success by placing a high value on leadership.

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Great Teams Create and Retain Depth

Great Teams Create and Retain Depth

They build a deep bench at all levels of the organization.

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Great Teams Have a Roadmap

Great Teams Have a Roadmap

Its leaders build for the future with comprehensive plans.

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Great Teams Strive to Build Camaraderie

Great Teams Strive to Build Camaraderie

Its members develop a sense of responsibility through fellowship.

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Great Teams Manage Dysfunction, Friction and Strong Personalities

Great Teams Manage Dysfunction, Friction and Strong Personalities

Great Teams know how to succeed despite adversity and friction.

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Great Teams Build A Mentoring Culture

Great Teams Build A Mentoring Culture

They encourage a mentoring culture inspired by teaching and learning every day.

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Great Teams Adjust Quickly to Leadership Changes and Transitions

Great Teams Adjust Quickly to Leadership Changes and Transitions

The most successful teams endure change and keep the established culture intact.

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Great Teams Adapt And Embrace Change

Great Teams Adapt And Embrace Change

They understand what sowed winning results in the past might not guarantee future success.

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Great Teams Run Successful Huddles

Great Teams Run Successful Huddles

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Great Teams Improve Through Scouting

Great Teams Improve Through Scouting

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Great Teams See Value Others Miss

Great Teams See Value Others Miss

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Great Teams Win In Critical Situations

Great Teams Win In Critical Situations

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Great Teams Speak A Different Language

Great Teams Speak A Different Language

They speak success into existence.

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Great Teams Avoid The Pitfalls of Success

Great Teams Avoid The Pitfalls of Success

They seek to sustain success by resisting complacency and other distractions.

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Use Fear — Good Fear that is — as Motivation!

Have you ever used fear as motivation?

This may seem adverse to some people but, if channeled correctly, good fear can be a powerful stimulus in creating change. The Great ones in the sports and business worlds all know how to use their emotions to their advantage, and I cannot think of a better example of this principle than Tony La Russa. Throughout his Major League Baseball (MLB) career, he has used good fear to achieve incredible success.

Recently, La Russa was inducted in the MLB Hall of Fame for his storied career as an MLB executive, former manager, and infielder (though I promise it wasn’t for his play on the field!) He is best known for his managerial positions with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals in which he led his teams to a combined total of three World Series titles, six league championships, and twelve division titles!

La Russa has achieved magnificent levels of success, but the fear of failure—and disappointment of losing a single game—motivated him on a daily basis to give his best. I had a the opportunity to have a conversation with La Russa recently on his philosophy of “good fear, bad fear” and how recognizing the distinction between the two can help us succeed in our own goals.


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La Russa, who is famous for his intense preparations, considers the first hint of anxiety a crucial crossroads on whether we will take or dodge a challenge. He told me that anxiety—or good fear—can motivate us to prepare more in order to avoid a bad outcome. He repeated this idea during his recent commencement speech at Washington University in St. Louis.

Tony La Russa Commencement speech

“It’s okay to have anxiety,” he said. “You’re going to face a lot of opportunities where there’s an uncertain outcome and you’ve been given the opportunity to try it. Bad fear means you call in sick. And you will never, ever have a strong personal feeling and a strong enough ego to be successful and take advantage of what you’ve gone through your whole life.”

His philosophy is so practical: Good fear propels you to facing a challenge with a stronger mindset and better preparation, while bad fear drives you to curl up on the couch. La Russa told me that responding to bad fear—dodging your challenges—will lead to a weak ego and a lack of confidence, and can create more anxiety as we obsess over the opportunities that we passed on.

Have you ever channeled fear into success? What are some good fears that have helped you respond to your own challenges? I want to hear your story. Leave me a comment below and let’s discuss good fear, bad fear!

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    Jimmy Bass

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    My greatest fear is disappointing those who trust me. I am motivated each day when I wake up, to plan, prepare and work hard to lead those in our organization who are giving their energies and talents to make our department better each day. Trust and loyalty are irreplaceable in a great intercollegiate athletic environment.

    Jimmy Bass
    Director of Athletics
    UNCW

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    Mac

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    The Tony La Russa story is so timely. I am currently in the final meeting phase to receive an offer from a company. My thoughts continue to be as such: I shouldn’t be here, I have a good paying, high value job with plenty of benefits and perks, a 20 minute commute, and I am fully vested and the stock has been soaring for the last 3 years. I could do this for the next 10, 12, 15 years. So why am I interviewing with a company 90 minutes from home and placing me into the unknown? I answer that by the focus that I am 52 years young, I seek to better my position in life and my life’s position, I seek, want, and relish the challenge, and as an overachiever, I wish to constantly add value and the ‘C’ words (can’t, contentment..ssshhh), scare the living hell out of me. It seems that the journey is a lonesome one because this can’t be discussed fellow workers or clients and meetings with the offering company are a solo effort. It’s a queer place/position to be in and I am trying to remain focused on the future and dump all of the noise. It is indeed a challenge. Constant positive reminders are a necessity.

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    Linda King

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    Great article about anxiety and good fear!!
    Hope all is well with you and your family, Don.
    Looks like we will have another great football season….
    Go Noles!!

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    LYNN GUERIN

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    the Good books tells us in Proverbs 1:7that “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom” This is not a cowering fear but a healthy fear built on respect,strength of characyer,consistency and trust,the kind you would have for your father,for a trusted leader ,teacher, coach.Think of Wooden, Lombardi,Landry,Coack K, Izzo.

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