Have you ever won back-to-back titles?
To become a repeat champion, a lot of things have to fall into place, on top of the work you are putting in. Luck is a big part of it (injuries, in-game breaks, etc.), but a lot of it is also dependent on the work you are doing with your team. With the NFL season just starting and so many expected good teams (Bills, Bengals, Chiefs) losing in week 1, it got me thinking about why this is so difficult. As a back-to-back Section V NYS Boys Basketball champion, I wanted to talk about the challenges we face becoming repeat champs in the #CJJblog this week. Enjoy.
- Last year. Is exactly that, last year. Don’t live off it or coast off the past success. It was great, congratulations. Now it’s time to look forward. Learn from it, but turn the page and prepare for the future.
- Grow yourself. What did you do well to win your first title? How can you build off of that moving forward? Make sure you: 1) Develop an Intentional Growth Plan, 2) Start an Idea Journal, and 3) Grow yourself first.
- Grow your team. 1) Develop team goals, 2) Set individual goals with your team members, 3) Hold weekly leadership meetings with your team leadership members, 4) Identify team roadblocks, 5) Start a book club and discuss ideas/thoughts, 6) Start a morning workout group, and 7) Share motivational quotes.
- Storytelling. Share inspirational stories from others who have achieved this feat. What obstacles did they overcome? How does that apply to your group? Tell them what greatness truly looks like.
- Learn from others. Who has done this before? What did they do in year two that helped them repeat as champions? How did they do it? Try and actually speak to them to get their insights as well.
Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson recently read (and highly recommends) the book The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication By: John Maxwell. What do you recommend for him to read next?
Life Tip #36: What is the biggest room in the world? The room for improvement.