Don't Play For The Tie: Bear Bryant On Life

Thirty years since his death Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant is still revered by college football fans everywhere. He was college's winningest coach with 323 victories amassed at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Alabama. In the book, Don't Play For The Tie: Bear Bryant On Life there are more than 200 quotes on winning in business and life, covering such topics as adversity, courage, determination, faith, goals, leadership, and success. A few of those quotes are below...
  • You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load. 
  • Put everything you got into anything you do. 
  • Never be too proud to get down on your knees and pray. 
  • Have a plan in your life and be able to adjust it. 
  • You don't have to talk a lot to be a leader. Lee Roy Jordon was a great leader, and he never said a word. But if he grunted everybody listened. 
  • If you get ahead, then play like you're behind.
Learning never stops and it is important to glean as much information as we can from those who have gone before us.

How To Know You Are A Team Player

You know you are a team player when:
  • You realize fulfilling your role, whatever that role is, is most important
  • You have a desire to excel for the benefit of those relying on you
  • You have an unquenchable need to exceed your past limitations
  • You play and know, without a doubt, that you competed like a champion
  • You understand your commitment to your teammates
  • You finish playing and only your body leaves the floor—your heart and soul are captured within the game
  • You will exchange your blood, sweat, and tears for the benefit of the team
  • You understand the irrelevance of individual awards
  • You would rather encourage a teammate to success than benefit personally from his mistakes
  • Your respect for the game outweighs your personal pride
  • You make mistakes and use them to improve instead of using them as excuses
  • Your ability to make your teammates better increases each time you play
  • You do the little things right when nobody is watching
  • You serve your teammates with unselfish motives\
  • You understand your role and strive to perform it better
  • You have done all you can and still feel you haven’t done enough
  • You play with pain without creating a scene
  • You give more than what is asked and take less than what is deserved
  • Your effort is constant and your play is consistent regardless of the situation.

---Adapted from the book A Season In Words

A Season In Words by Dan Spainhour

Become Independent Of The Opinions Of Others

Here are few thoughts to remind leaders to follow their own inner voice....
  • If something is noteworthy, there will be haters.
  • Haters confirm greatness.
  • Haters will be intimidated by you because rather than being a reflection of what they could do you become a reflection of what they’re not doing. 
  • By nature, having a sense of vision is weird to most people.
  • Once you make a decision the universe will work to make it happen.
  • It’s not your choice how people respond to your genuine apologies.
  • Do not going to let your ego get in the way of your vision.
  • Even if you’re unsure of what you’re doing you’d rather act in faith than hide in fear. 
  • Delegate everything except genius. 

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Power Thoughts For The Road To Success

Here are some power thoughts to help you on your success road that leads to living the life you are meant to live:
  • Believing something is impossible is arrogant. It was arrogant of people to believe we’d never fly. 
  • Make your vision of where you want to be a reality. Believe that nothing is impossible.
  • We don’t know what we don’t know. Why put a cap on what’s possible? Why live in the past? Live in the present and visualize the future as you want it to be.
  • When you decide to live your dreams you expect radical and amazing stuff to happen.You don’t define what that must be you simply trust that things will work out. 
  • As you advance toward your dream, some will call you lucky, others will say you’re blessed. Whatever the case, living your dream becomes your new normal.
  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Don't waste time talking about other people.
  • Beyond your point of no return is freedom---freedom from triviality and mediocrity.
  • When you decide to go for your dreams you are no longer trying to please everyone around you. You are going to do what you believe you should do regardless of what others think.
  • Consistency is the evidence of belief..


Desire a Commitment

  • Until one is truly committed about a desire there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. A lack of commitment is always ineffective.  
  • The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events come from the decision to commit, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would have come your way. 
  • All acts of initiative and creation ignite once you are committed to achieving a desire.
  • Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!

Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders

About This Book
Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.