Updated: Jan 10, 2020
James Clear's 3-2-1 Newsletter has been a topic of conversation here multiple times, and I'm sure I will reference it multiple more times in the future. Today, as it does every Thursday, it provided more awesome content.
Clear shared an answer that Bill Belichick once gave in response to an interview question:
Interviewer: "With all you have accomplished in your coaching career, what is left that you still want to accomplish?"
Belichick: "I'd like to go out and have a good practice today. That would be at the top of the list right now."
If that isn't a man fiercely determined, on a mission, living in the moment, focused on the task at hand, I don't know what is.
I'm not a New England Patriots fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I can't help but respect the success they've sustained over the past decade plus. I also couldn't help but smile when they got beat by the Titans last weekend.
Coaches and leaders in any walk of life can learn something from Belichick's response.
Dwelling on past successes will only take you so far. If all you do is ride that wave, you will eventually run out of room and everything will come crashing down around you.
I've heard it said that it is harder to stay at the top than it is to get there.
Past accomplishments are often not great predictors of future success.
It's the work you do today that matters.