What I’ve Learned From College Football and the Presidential Election

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I’m a huge fan of college football. I keep up with the University of Texas Longhorns and a hand full of other teams. I read all of their articles and I am on the message boards. I even keep up with the recruiting through out the year.

This Presidential election was interesting to say the least. There were a few firsts which was exciting to see. It was a great contest between two worthy presidential candidates.

Watching the Presidential election process and the Texas Longhorns, I couldn’t help but see the parallel between the two. Both, Mack Brown, the head coach for the Texas Longhorns, and Barrack Obama, the Presidential candidate for the Democratic party, often spoke about routine.

Is this one of the key factors that sets successful people and apart other people?

If I take a quick scan through the dialogue between Mr. and Mrs. Obama and Steve Croft’s 60 Minutes interview on November 17th on their Personal Transition, I found the word “routine” came up three times. I only point this out because it’s something I happened to notice while watching the interview last Sunday.

Mack Brown also speaks about the routine of the team on a regular basis. On game day, they go through the same routine for every game. It’s all about repetition for them from doing the drills in the same way and the same order to going to meetings and waking up at the same time everyday. This is also the case prior to the start of the season. Mack Brown had his team scrimmage on a Saturday prior to the first game. This is a fan appreciation day, but it also puts the team into the routine of playing a game on Saturday in front of fans. Prior to the scrimmage, they go through all of the motions that they would for a normal game.

As I write this, I wonder what routines I have that are leading me to success. Over the past 6 months, the one routine that I feel has helped me improve is blogging. I have routinely put out 3 blog posts per week. Blogging itself isn’t necessarily helping me per say, but it has helped me get into a routine that I can carry over into other areas of my life.

Peter at Pick the Brain.com has some great suggestions for 10 Morning Habits You Can Build Your Day Upon. Perhaps you looked over the 10 habits that Peter suggested and you aren’t sure whether they are for you or not. Well, Steve Pavlina has a great article titled “30 Days to Success“. In his article, he suggests that you give the habit or routine a 30 day trial. If after the 30 day trial, you aren’t sure whether it’s for you or not, you can extend it to 60 or 90 days or longer. The interesting point he makes is that:

Now if you actually complete a 30-day trial, what’s going to happen? First, you’ll go far enough to establish it as a habit, and it will be easier to maintain than it was to begin it. Secondly, you’ll break the addiction of your old habit during this time. Thirdly, you’ll have 30 days of success behind you, which will give you greater confidence that you can continue. And fourthly, you’ll gain 30 days worth of results, which will give you practical feedback on what you can expect if you continue, putting you in a better place to make informed long-term decisions.    

I thought the concept that Steve Pavlina presented was really useful and I will incorporate that into my life when I look at my potential positive habits.

What are some habits you have that you are proud to mention?

Photo by The Austin American Statesman


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