Friday, May 4, 2012

Nick Saban Quotes on Process

 One of my favorite coaches is Nick Saban, he is a master motivator and a guy that simply understands how to lead people.  Here are some of his quotes:

-“Focus on the process of what it takes to be successful.”
-“We’re not going to talk about what we’re going to accomplish, we’re going to talk about how we’re going to do it.”
-“We don’t talk about winning championships, we talk about being champions.”
-“I’m tired of hearing all this talk from people who don’t understand the process of hard work—like little kids in the back seat asking ‘Are we there yet?’ Get where you’re going 1 mile-marker at a time.”
-“It’s the stages you have to go through to be successful.” –Alabama OL coach J. Pendry
-“The scoreboard has nothing to do with the process. Each possession you look across at the opponent and commit yourself to dominate that person. It’s about individuals dominating the individuals they’re playing against. If you can do this…if you can focus on the one possession and wipe out the distractions…then you will be satisfied with the result.”
-“He says ‘the grind’ a lot. The things you have to do so you can do what you want to do. Like play for the national championship. All the workouts. Spring ball. All the practices, summer workouts, and things like that.” –Alabama LB E. Anders
-“Focus on the play like it has a history and a life of its own.”
-“Success doesn’t come from pie-in-the-sky thinking. It’s the result of consciously doing something each day that will add to your overall excellence.”
-“You can’t get from A to Z by passing up B.”
-There’s no mention of titles. Instead, his message has been that the way to win a championship is to concentrate on what you’re doing today, and try to build on that tomorrow.
-“It’s not the end result. Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship. Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you needed to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.”
-“One thing we need to do differently in motivating players and helping them be successful is not to talk about results. Our goal next year is to be a dominant football team.”
-“The process of our 2004 national title began 400 days earlier with a loss to Arkansas. Every second of that process led us to a championship.”
-“If you don’t get result-oriented with the kids, you can focus on the things in the process that are important to them being successful.”

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