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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Kelly

Which Team Will Win The Super Bowl This Year?

Through our consulting work at Floyd, my colleagues and I have had the opportunity to work with some NFL coaches, players, and teams, and one interaction with a head coach perfectly demonstrates what I am trying to share with you here. MK: “Who do you think will win the Super Bowl this year?”

Coach: “Same team that won last year, and the year before that, and the year before that.”

MK: “What do you mean? Three different teams have won the Super Bowl in the last three years.”

Coach: “That’s where you are wrong. That’s where most players and most amateur coaches get it wrong too.”

MK: “I’m not following you.”

Coach: “The same team wins the Super Bowl every year.”

MK: “What are you talking about? You sound like you’ve been drinking or we’re in an episode of Abbott and Costello. Is this like a ‘Who’s on First?’ thing?”

Coach: “No. I haven’t been drinking. I mean every word I have said, and I am completely serious. The same team wins the Super Bowl every year: the team that has the discipline to master the basics. Football has a handful of basics. There are a thousand different plays, but they all rest on the offense and defense carrying out the basics of football with unerring consistency." Success at almost anything rests upon this single principle: Do the basics, do them well, and do them every day, especially when you don’t feel like doing them. It doesn’t matter if it is football or any other sport, personal finances, physical fitness, marriage, parenting, military operations, small business, big business, or creating a dynamic organizational culture - success at almost anything is usually the result of being the very best at four or five things. Matthew Kelly

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