Ep. 64 – Getting Motivated at Halftime – with Coach Lou Holtz
This episode is part of the Halftime Series. It’s the middle of the year… are you still on track to meet your goals? Many of us have gotten off track but now is the perfect time to determine how the rest of the year will go. It’s time to grab the opportunity bull by the horns and ride it into submission with the help of these inspiring guests.
Today you will be inspired by former American college football coach and sports analyst Lou Holtz. For many years, Coach Holtz has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America. He talks about overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting your own goals and working to achieve them – the perfect person to kick off the Halftime Series.
Despite never inheriting a winning team, Coach Holtz compiled an impressive 249-132-7 career record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also the only coach in the history of college football to…
- Take six different teams to a bowl game.
- Win five bowl games with different teams.
- Have four different college teams ranked in the top 20 poll.
Coach Holtz doesn’t claim to have achieved any of his accomplishments because he is above average – he is intensely motivated, constantly learning, and tries to help the people around him believe in themselves.
Motivation is a critical factor for success. There’s really only two things a leader or coach can help you with: your belief in yourself and your skillset… but if you’re not motivated, nobody can help you with those two things.
Everything, especially motivation, starts with a dream; a goal.
Coach Holtz believes that only one thing determines whether you’re growing or you’re dying, and it’s not age… It’s whether you are trying to accomplish something. If you’re trying to accomplish something – if you have a goal – then you will have enthusiasm and excitement when you get up every day.
“One thing determines whether you’re growing or you’re dying: are you trying to accomplish something?”
This idea applies to any and every aspect of life. If you aren’t trying to figure out how to improve your marriage, the marriage is dying. If you aren’t trying to find new solutions for your business, your business is dying.
Even when you’re moving forward with motivation, you will still have to make some tough decisions along your path. When Coach Holtz was the head of a team, he only had two mandates: graduate and win. Every decision he made had to help his team meet one of those two mandates.
As a business leader, you also only have two mandates: satisfy the customer and make a profit. Once you understand what your mandates are and what you’re trying to accomplish, then the right thing will be more obvious and you will start making the changes that are necessary to do those two things.
“There’s no right time to do the wrong thing and there’s no wrong time to do the right thing.”
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- Get inspired with Coach Lou Holtz’s books:
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