One of my best friends in the coaching world is a man by the name of Rick Weinheimer. I coached with him for one year at Columbus North High School. He is, by far, the greatest leader I have ever worked with. Look him up! You will find that his success speaks for itself....several state medalists, state championship teams, national caliber teams, and has been nominated for national coach of the year several times.
We used to have some great conversations about coaching, track, leading, and HOW TO BE UNCOMMON! Most of our conversations came on Mondays, sitting at an Arby's table. They are certainly some of the most memorable conversations of my career, well actually, my life.
Common vs Uncommon:
Common people are willing to sleep in, hit the snooze everyday, sometimes several times. They are willing to let them minutes slip away rather than get up and prepare for success and their dreams.
Uncommon people set the alarm, tired or not, pop out of bed and go to it. They do what needs to be done from the get go!
Common people consistently procrastinate. They do this so they alway have the excuse to fail that they ran out of time.
Uncommon people time manage well. They manage so well that they have extra time to deal with hardships that arise. They leave time to perfect what they are working on.
Common people make excuses to not finish.
Uncommon people refuse to stop until they are finished.
Common people choose fun over work on a consistent basis, even if they know it could be detrimental to their ultimate goal.
Uncommon people understand that fun is important in life, but they fit it in. They do not let it distract from their ultimate goal.
Common people usually try to please others first, especially friends and family.
Uncommon people understand that they can't help others until they take care of themselves. "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone!" -Bill Cosby
Common people stay in their comfort on a consistent basis. Uncommon people push out of their comfort zone consistently. They understand that getting out of their comfort zone will lead to other new opportunities in life.
Common people live day to day, just hoping to get to the next day until the weekend comes. They live five days to enjoy two days. Uncommon people use every day to do things that put them closer to their long term goals. They enjoy the challenges and successes each day.
Common people say "I can't". They come up with reasons to fail that keep them from ever starting. Uncommon people say, "I think I can" and they are not scared to go for it! They understand there is a chance for failure, but the chance for success outweighs it in there mind!
Change your mindset, change your life!!!!
-Coach Ernie Clark