🏆 What does Commitment look like on a Championship Team?
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What does Commitment look like on a Championship Team?
In successful teams and programs, it always starts with commitment. You cannot expect to win games consistently if your team is not made up of committed players.
Teammates have to be trusted and counted on. Culture needs to be built. This culture must start with commitment. As a coach, step one to creating your culture is to find and develop committed athletes.
The research shows that in championship-level teams, at least 80% of the athletes are either committed or compelled.
You see, commitment is often on a continuum. It can ebb and flow throughout the season. There are many reasons for this ebb and flow: playing time, injury, lack of success, confidence, role on the team, and more.
Yet in Championship caliber teams, the commitment level of teams is different. What does a Championship Level Commitment Look Like?
Here are 5 Ways Championship Caliber Teams show their Commitment.
1: Commitment to Each Other
Many say Bill Russell was the ultimate teammate. The ultimate winner. The ultimate leader. He was all about the team and all about making his teammates better.
“Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.”
Bill Russell was all about TEAM. He was fully committed to being the best teammate he could be, and his entire focus was on winning.
He played FOR his teammates, and they, in turn, played FOR him.
Committed teams who play FOR each other and work to make others better are found in Championship Level Teams.
2: Commitment to Excellence
Championship-level commitment is focused on the process.
The process of excellence.
They are focused on daily habits. They have a 1% better mindset. They can ignore the noise around them.
They have tunnel vision on the task at hand.
This tunnel vision is NOT an external reward. This tunnel vision is a focus on the process. A mature understanding that the "Process is the Prize."
It is a commitment to EXCELLENCE.👇
Lombardi GOLD 🥇
Excellence is a habit. It is a mindset. Winners know this.
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
— Greg Berge (@gb1121)
Sep 23, 2022
3: Commitment to Hard Work
Championship-level teams have a "No Deposit - No Return" mentality. They have a "No Deposit - No Return" Commitment level.
They know that there is no substitute for hard work.
When things go sour, they can always resort back to the "blue collar" mentality that they have built.
If you always outwork your opponents, you will always have a chance.
Most elite teams, players, and coaches have this commitment.
4: Commitment to Positive Energy
Energy is contagious.
Positive and Negative.
Winning cultures have a confident and committed focus on positive energy. They know that negative energy can derail a team.
What is negative energy: Blaming, complaining, whining, giving up, slacking off, doing the minimal, etc.
You do not see this negative energy in winning programs. It is a standard. It is not allowed.
Team leaders and coaches address when it surfaces.
Commit to Positive Energy.
5: Commitment to the Culture
Finally, championship-level commitment levels are committed to building the culture.
They "KNOW THY IMPACT" of daily decisions on their team culture.
Then know that their behavior and choices impact the culture of the team. Because of this, they have team buy-in and sacrifice their own personal wishes for the betterment of the team culture.
Commitment is Contagious!
Commitment is contagious. 😷
When leaders commit to a cause, it cause a ripple effect on a team.
And this creates a culture.
A COMMITTED team is a WINNING team 🏆
A COMMITTED team creates a WINNING culture 🏆
— Greg Berge (@gb1121)
Oct 3, 2022
There you go! 5 Commitments that are Found in Championship-Level Teams:
- Commitment to Each Other
- Commitment to Excellence
- Commitment to Hard Work
- Commitment to Positive Energy
- Commitment to Culture
Work to build these Commitment Levels with your Teams!
📜 TWO QUOTES
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see so that you can be who you have always known you could be."
🐦 THREE TWEETS
Hold each other accountable! Talk! Talk! Talk!
BAD teammates never talk
AVERAGE teammates talk when winning
GOOD teammates talk often
GREAT teammates never stop talking
CHAMPIONSHIP teammates always talk about talking more... in practice, huddles, at halftime, in time outs!
— Jon Beck (@CoachJonBeck)
Oct 17, 2022
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— Inky Johnson (@inkyjohnson)
Dec 23, 2022
TRUST THE PROCESS
"How bad do you want it?"
"It's not about what you feel like doing."
"You get out what you put in."
"You have to be able to overcome hard."
"Take pride in everything you do."
~via Nick Saban
— Jamy Bechler (@CoachBechler)
Jan 17, 2023
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