“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.” -Coach K
I was looking up some Coach K quotes this morning in hopes to find something that could inspire some of my players when I came across the above quote that challenged me to my core. Have you ever found yourself trying to change others when all of a sudden you have an epiphany that you really need to change yourself? After thinking on this quote for a few minutes I realized that I find myself too often living on my past successes. “I had this, I did this” type of thing. We probably all do this to an extent however I realized that if I consistently think about how what I have done is so big, impressive, or great then I probably will never accomplish what I am truly capable of. Sometimes our past failures is what keeps us from out future success but often times its our past accomplishments that keeps us from our future success.
I realized that I need to look at my past as a staircase. That every success and every failure is really just a step I need to take to get where I am supposed to be. However, the key is to consciously look at my past like that which is always the easiest. Its easy to get caught up in what we have or haven’t don. I think too often we can look at our past successes as such big feats that we actually plateau because past accomplishments blind us from our future possibilities just like our past failures can blind us from our true potential. Ive learned that I am not defined by my success or my failures, but rather my integrity and character in the process however that should not stop me from pushing myself beyond what I thought possible. This comes back to a foundational principle that I truly believe, “We are all better than we think we are.”
This is why Conor McGregor is my favorite athlete. For the last four years he has continually challenged himself. He hasn’t lived on his past success, he has continually tried to challenge himself, take risks, and find new ways to elevate his abilities. At the same time he has never allowed himself to be defined by his failures and has always bounced back from setbacks in impressive fashion. Success can be a negative if we allow it to blind us from our true potential. I believe that if instead of defining ourselves by our past failures and/or successes but rather by our integrity and character, we will find ourselves accomplishing way more than we thought possible.
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter