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Breaking From the Herd

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As we start moving into the holidays, this is where the BEST get separated from the rest.

While others ease up using handy excuses like the weather or the approaching holidays to go into cruise mode, winners jump on the pedal and kick into a higher gear.

NOW is when winners break from the herd.

THIS is when the race is won, market share is captured, competition is overrun and massive goals are attained.

It’s time to KICK.

One of the greatest winners in human history was Vince Lombardi.

Vince Lombardi never had a losing season as a head football coach.

He had a remarkable 74% winning percentage through his entire career. And when it really counted (postseason) his winning percentage was an unbelievable 90%.

He won three straight championships in the 1960s and five in seven years. In fact, the greatest prize in the National Football League is to win the Super Bowl and earn the Vince Lombardi trophy.

To get you jacked up about knuckling down and really pushing yourself to finish 2012 strong, I’m going to hand the platform over to Vince.

Below is the transcript from one of his most famous speeches.
Read every word.
Study it.
Own it.
Then go out and DO IT.

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

“There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to Win, and to WIN!

“Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up—from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s okay. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.

“Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization—an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win—to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.

“It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there—to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules—but to win.

“And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head-to-head combat.

“I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour—his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear—is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious.”

Inspiring, right?
Come on, doesn’t that make you want to go out and crush it in the marketplace?
It does me! Let’s go do it. Let’s go work our heart out for our good cause and together we will lie on the field of battle come December 31—victorious!

Who’s in? Declare it in the comments below!

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  11. I found this quite inspiring… except for the total focus on ‘winning!’

    Certainly, this resonates: “And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head-to-head combat. I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour—his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear—is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle…”

    But is it really about *winning* or is it about challenging ourselves, striving to improve at the edge of our performance and being in “flow?” Does a football player who spends a season training, developing character and camraderie with his teammates, pushing his skills one step further feel that he’s wasted his life if he doesn’t win the Super Bowl? I hope not!

  12. I am in Darren.

    Just started a “top 5″ success journal in my inner circle coaching group yesterday to: 1) hold me accountable to myself for finishing the year strong; and 2) to hold me accountable to my clients so I can coach them to the best end of year victory ever.

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  14. I will absolutely be the best in retail in November/December! My customers will be wow’d and I will blow past my internal and external competition! #grind&hustle!

  15. Great post Darren !!

    I will do everything I can to work my heart out, so I will finish this year off in first place !

  16. NOW is when winners break from the herd!

    But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour—his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear—is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious.”

    But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.

    DH!! Your customer service is second to none!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful thoughts! I appreciate you!!

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