is not a lack of strength;
not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
As the Packers prepare to play in the Super Bowl in just over a week I thought it would be fun to think about one of the many great quotes regarding success spoken by the legendary, Hall-of-Fame coach of the Packers. Vince Lombardi by all accounts was one of the greatest “winners” in the modern day. He was not a huge man. He did not coach in an era of multi-million dollar contracts for professional coaches. He came from ordinary roots, but he was no ordinary man.
His wisdom came from a combination of practical life experience, a very strong faith, and time spent at West Point as an assistant coach. When he became the head coach in Green Bay he was determined to make a difference in the face of cultural norms he saw as wrong – namely Jim Crow laws which discriminated on a basis of race and heritage. His strong will to see injustice righted in any area he had influence over made a tangible difference in the lives of his players and in an entire city.
He was a man of incredibly strong will and discipline. Yet, it wasn’t doing the remarkable which made him a success, it was doing the ordinary, extraordinarily well. Ordinary discipline to execute a play on the football field. Ordinary common decency to another human off the field. He was successful because he made the decision to positively influence situations where ever he could. Worldly success followed, but Lombardi was a success even without all the trophies and accolades.
You can be too. It is not about what you don’t have – strength, knowledge, wealth, etc. Success is about what you do have – a will to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing. What decision can you make today that will move you one step further down the road to success? Change your trajectory today.