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This Week in Athletics

Do the Common Things in an Uncommon Way

As a coach, I enthusiastically like to remind players to make good choices and to do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do and to do the common things in an uncommon way. We want our players to make good choices at school, with their relationships, and under the “Friday Night Lights,” but there is so much more to “Doing the Right Thing” than meets the eye. Every morning we wake up with tons of decisions and choices. These choices not only affect us, but our family at home and on the football field. Each day we have the choice to pursue goodness, a choice to be an impact on others, or to stay quiet. 

Success in itself is a choice. I read this quote this week and it said, “I have never read about a successful person who did not go through trials, but they all made the choice to fight through, and never back down. One common denominator they all shared: the choice to not let failure get in the way of their pursuit of goodness. We will have failures in our lives, that is inevitable. But it is the choices we make, and not a single outcome, that make us who we are.”

When it comes to good choices or doing the right thing, we must remember that our minds and hearts can be easily distracted. So every morning, we have a choice to consciously decide if we are going to pursue goodness and excellence. It is our choice to work hard, or to live pure, or to lead with courage or to honor our team each day. It is a daily choice if not minute by minute choice. Truth be told, when we define success based on a series of choices we make and not on a single performance we find out what truly defines us.

Many of us watched Alabama vs Clemson last week in the national championship game on ESPN. I was struck by a comment Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made the next morning after his team had beaten Alabama. He said we are team who pursues doing the common things in an uncommon way. Check out this short clip as coach Dabo Swinney describes his program.

Jon Goodman