Obviously this post isn’t about Michigan, where the snow has only just gone and will be back again in just 5 months (or maybe less). This is a post about life generally, but we’ll also be continuing the theme from yesterday of the soccer season. It has been 10 years since Manchester United won the Premier League and successfully defended it the following year. In the nine years since, no club has managed to defend their title. Only four teams have won it in that time, but not one successful defence.
In some cases the winning team has won by 8, 9 or even 10 points, and somehow failed to spark that same form again the following season. Trouble finding top talent? Unlikely, who wouldn’t want to play for one of the top teams in the world? I believe it is the difference between being motivated to perform and improve, and motivated to win. A person who is goal oriented and focused on winning can hit the finish line. A person who is performance oriented cannot. If they achieve their goal, there is another goal lined up.
So what is the key to success? Forward thinking and development! The things that happen today are the result of decisions and behaviours of yesterday. The things that happen tomorrow are the result of decisions and behaviours of today. And the events of next week? Well, they will be the outcomes of decisions we make tomorrow.
Wigan Athletic, I believe, will do well next season. They have experienced their winter and have put a lot of work into preparing for the years to come. I believe that with a very young average age, and a coach who is always looking at “What next?”, Manchester City may be the first team to successfully defend the Premier League in a decade. I believe the decisions we make today, and the plans we have beyond the immediate goals will be the most important factors in our future.
Here are today’s three takeaways:
1 – Reaching the winning line first is important, but only for one second. What happens next determines the future.
2 – People who focus on winning are often disappointed because they can’t control all variables. People who focus on improvement rarely are because they know their efforts will pay off.
3 – To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
This is usually the concluding paragraph where we sum up the article, but today we’ll leave it open ended for you to finish.
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