Over the past 40 days I have been reading multiple entries each day so I could get a real feel for the content. Each day begins with a short passage of scripture and falls into one of seven categories: Core, Family, Friends, Potential, Mission, Influence, and Faith. Overall, I am really pleased. The insights into Coach Dungy’s life and how he achieved success coaching the Indianapolis Colts are very inspiring. I have followed Dungy’s career for a long time and reading more about what motivates him to succeed is a real treat. One of my favorite passages comes on Day 4 of this 365 day devotional where Dungy challenges readers to s create incremental goals.
My goals are usually qualitative, not quantitative. When I coached, my aim each season was not to win a certain number of games, but to have a team that played as well as it could and that was an asset to its community. I measured the team by whether it played up to its potential. And from year to year, I measured it by whether it improved.
That’s also how I measure myself. When I was a young assistant, I wanted to learn enough to one day be considered for a coordinator position. Then as a coordinator, I wanted to learn and improve so I could become a head coach. Sometimes our goals are a steady step-by-step progression, and sometimes they require risk.
I find Dungy’s advise both helpful and challenging to the way I lead. I am excited to keep reading and learn a little bit more each day. The video below shares a bit more from Coach Dungy himself.
I give the book 4 out of 5 stars only because I find a few of the entries lack any significant insight, but in a book this massive everyone will have their own favorites. Still, the book is overall worth the time and money and I encourage all my readers to pick up a copy and make this a part of their daily inspirational reading for the next year.
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