Thursday, May 20, 2010

Words from Vince Lombardi

The great football coach had some great words to say -- many of which were grounded in his privately held faith. Here are a few samples....

Winning is not a some time thing; it is an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time.

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field or endeavor.

Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength behind him. It is something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.

It's not whether you get knocked down; it is whether you get up.

Once you have established the goals you want and the price you are willing to pay, you can ignore the minor hurts, the opponents pressure and the temporary pressure.

Winning is not everything --- but making the effort to win is.

They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them... you show them the reasons.

Teams do not go physically flat; they go mentally stale.

Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.

I derived my strength from daily mass and communion.

I believe in God.

If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm.

There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.

For more on Vince Lombardi, read his book edited by his son, Vince Lombardi, Jr., "What It Takes To BE Number One." Inspiring and easy read.

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