Attitude, Part II

Feb 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

In a previous blog I submitted my views on how we influence others, even outcomes by our attitude — be it positive or negative. Yes, a positive attitude creates a team spirit that can exceed its own abilities, while a negative attitude can result in performance far below its own abilities.

I was fascinated by the success of the Texas A&M football team this year with eleven wins and a blowout of OU in the Cotton Bowl game. From the gitgo it was apparent that the positive attitude of the coaches inspired superior performance by the players, starting with Johnny Football, aka Johnny Manziel, a freshman quarterback who also just happened to win the Heisman.

At the beginning of the season, the head coach told Johnny that he needed to put forth his best effort if he expected the starting position. Johnny certainly did so, but he did so much more in the process. First, he became the team leader, inspiring confidence and superior efforts from his teammates.

Next, he made it clear that he was just another team member, always using the word “we” instead of “I”. Finally, he honed his skill and challenged others to do likewise.

In the Cotton Bowl game, Johnny set the pace and moved the team forward with both his skill, but more importantly, his attitude to the point that team members likewise excelled. Indeed, others caught passes, ran for yardage, made scores and both the defense and special teams also put in superior performances.

If you want a winning team, you’ve got to think and act like a winner, starting with a positive attitude. And like OU, your competition won’t even know what hit them.