Positive Path Recommended Reading

Investing In Others
By Beth Burns

Lou Holtz is one of the all-time great American football coaches, having resurrected ailing football teams at William and Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Minnesota. Perhaps Coach Holtz is most well known for his winning records at Notre Dame. These days he coaches at South Carolina and is developing an impressive program there as well. He is truly a phenomenal motivator and coach!

One of the guiding principles in Lou's winning philosophy is his commitment to three core values. It is his recipe for winning and for inspiring his players to be successful, both on the playing field and in life. He does it by simply being the catalyst to improve the self-image of others. You may not have an entire team to inspire, but we all have people we want to encourage and lift up.

Here are Lou's three core values a leader can use to improve self-image and turn the ordinary people into extraordinary ones:

1. TRUST: Do what is right to build trust.

2. COMMITMENT: Simply, do your best. Show up.

3. CARING: Care deeply about the wellbeing of others.

The key point here is that Coach Holtz invests in the GROWTH (which is a journey) of his players, not merely the GOAL (which is a destination) of winning games. He focuses on individuals and makes the distinction that SUCCESS is adding value to yourself, whereas SIGNIFICANCE is adding value to others.

What can you do today to improve the self-image of someone you know? Build trust, be committed and show you care, and you'll be the significant catalyst for the changes that come.


About the author: Beth Burns is a Professional Life Coach -- partnering with motivated people on their personal and professional goals. Her mission is to teach people to love themselves and to love the life they create. She offers two free email newsletters and can be visited on the web at www.BrightSideCoaching.com  She can also be reached by email at Beth@BrightSideCoaching.com


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