I ran across a quote on Friday that I thought was noteworthy.
I know what you’re thinking, “It must be another killer quote from the Wall Street Journal, NY Times or a Stephen Covey book, etc.” Well those are all great guesses, but I found the quote in an Auburn football spring practice report.
Spring football is always a challenging time for coaches and players. Every college football team is allotted only 15 practice days to get better and mold their talent, but motivation can be hard to find when games are seemingly so far away.
So if a player doesn’t have the proper mindset every day spring practice can become a miserable grind and the talent is no longer molded but wasted.
Auburn’s wide receivers coach, Trooper Taylor, said the following on Friday as he sent a message to the team, through the media, to make every day count:
‘Think about this: Most players, instead of making the days count, will count those days.
The real players, they go out there and make the days that they have left count. ‘I’ve got two hours to get better. I’m going to get better.’
I would say we have the same decision every time we leave a meeting or discussion with a new deadline or task. We only have so much time to get better, mold our talent and build team chemistry.
We can see our deadline(s) to be so far away that today seems unimportant in the long run, or we can work each day as if the deadline is tomorrow. If we do the latter, we will out execute our opponents and accomplish our team goals.
We can count the months, days, and hours or we can make them count.