Daily Nugget of Gold 927

Daily Nugget of Gold 927


See it Clearly


To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” – Coach Jim Valvano


We wanted to head into today’s segment with a quote from legendary coach Jim Valvano because we’re going to talk about one of the things this visionary coach did to bring North Carolina State University to victory in the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against long odds.  A student of another great coach, Vince Lombardi, Valvano understood what mattered most about creating an atmosphere which not only allowed NC State to have a shot at the crown, but literally installed the vision he had in his mind in his players so they would be sure to understand what it was that he saw.


One day, Coach Valvano called a practice.  The team hit the court, but there were no balls brought into play.  The practice consisted entirely of cutting down the nets from the hoops, as is the custom when a winning team takes the championship.  To many, this may seem like a silly exercise, and surely to some of the teammates in attendance, it must have seemed odd at least and perhaps crazy.  Jim knew exactly what he was doing, however. 


We can only imagine the intense conditioning and brutal practice drills this team went through before the final game that year.  They worked extremely hard, as does any team which wants even a chance to be victorious in such a magnificent, competitive sport.  We’re sure that all the top teams that year did that, though.  They have to, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the top 16 or the final 4.  This is the uncommon effort great teams make to have their bite at the apple.


Coach Valvano, however, added the net-cutting practice because in order to win, his team had to see themselves as winning, feel that emotional energy, bask in the glow of success long before they tasted it for real.  In truth, had they not engaged their imagination and made it real when they practiced it, there’s almost no chance they would have been a serious contender that year.


When you think about your goals, when you dream your dreams, do you act out victory?  Or do you just passively place them on paper.  Writing them down is a great start, but actually living the dream now?  Priceless. 


Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves


What can I do to better implant my dream as an highly emotional, positive event?”


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