Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success

Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success

by Lou Holtz

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"Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it."
— Lou Holtz

Meet Lou Holtz, the motivational miracle worker who revitalized the Notre Dame football program by leading the legendary Fighting Irish to nine bowl games and a national championship. During his twenty-seven years as a head football coach, Holtz garnered a 216-95-7 career record. Each new assignment brought a different team with different players, but, invariably, the same result—success. How did he do it? By designing a game plan for his players that minimized obstacles while maximizing opportunities.

Now he wants to pass his game plan on to you. In Winning Every Day, you'll discover ten strategies that will drive you to the top of your professional and personal life. Coach Holtz will reveal how you can acquire the focus and commitment it takes to be a champion. It won't be easy; it takes sacrifice to be the best. But now you'll have a proven winner alongside you in the trenches. Winning Every Day demonstrates how you can elevate your performance while raising the standards of everyone around you. Follow Coach's strategies and winning becomes habitual. You will learn to welcome sacrifice as you dedicate yourself to excellence. He will show you how to clearly define your short-term and long-term goals, to develop an unwavering sense of purpose without compromising flexibility.

Through it all, Coach Holtz will help you discover the courage you need to live a life of unremitting triumph. You couldn't have a better guide. He will provide you with the strategies he has shared with Fortune 500 companies, groups, and organizations. Voted the top motivational speaker two years running by a survey of speakers' bureaus, Coach is going to present you with all the Xs and Os, the basics of his game plan for success in life and business.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887309533
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/1999
Edition description: 1 HARPER
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 93,435
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

After nearly three decades on the sidelines, Lou Holtz retired from coaching and now shares his strategies for success with Fortune 500 companies, groups, and organizations. He is the author of two bestsellers, The Fighting Spirit and Winning Every Day. He lives in Florida.

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Chapter One

Every Victory Is Won Before the Game Is Played: The Power of Attitude

I left the collegiate ranks in 1976 to sign a five-year contract to coach the New York Jets of the National Football League. This was one of the two or three most coveted coaching positions in pro football, with an organization known for its professionalism. Owner Leon Hess, an NFL pioneer, was a great leader who gave his employees maximum support. New York's football fans were knowledgeable and second to none in their enthusiasm. It was an ideal situation for any coach. Yet I was unhappy almost from the moment I took the job. Every time a problem surfaced—and no pro football team can go through an entire season without its share of travails—I immediately thought, "This isn't working out." When the Jets went an abysmal 3-10 during my first season, I resigned—only eight months into my contract.
Now let's look at the flip side of that experience. In 1983, the University of Minnesota hired me to coach their football team. Five coaches—and three assistant coaches—had refused this position. The reason? Minnesota's football program had been in shambles for some time. The team, known as the Gophers, had just compiled an ignominious 17-game losing streak in which they were outscored by an average of 34 points per game. No one believed the school could quickly reverse its fortunes.
I declined the job when Minnesota's administration initially offered it to me. Besides having the same doubts as my colleagues, I couldn't see myself living in the tundra that was Minnesota. Harvey Mackay—the world-famed entrepreneur and best-selling author ofHow to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive—had to use all his considerable persuasive powers to convince me to accept the position. Am I glad he did. Minnesota proved to be a great place to live. The people were friendly, the fans exuberant, and the climate not quite arctic.
I made up my mind early on that we were going to create a winning atmosphere. Fan morale was low when I took over the team. Attendance had declined for years; Minnesota often played its games before a half-filled house. However, only one year after I joined the Gophers, we sold 54,000 more season tickets—11,000 more than had been sold at any time during the school's 103-year history. Our winning record earned us an invitation to play Clemson in the Independence Bowl. You couldn't have asked for a more rousing success.
What made the difference between my experiences with the Jets and Gophers? Attitude. I joined the Jets suspecting I might fail; I came to Minnesota determined to win. With this positive outlook, I wasn't flustered when obstacles appeared. I knew we would overcome them. All that had changed was my perspective and, with that, my results. If I ever coach pro ball again, I promise you I'm going to bring that same "can-do" attitude with me.
Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it. For example, imagine you're a high jumper with the musculature to leap 6 feet 10 inches. Your pride of performance motivates you to practice and enter events. But if, on the day of the event, you don't believe you can hit 6 feet 10 inches, you're going to fall short of the mark. Your negative attitude will cut inches from your performance. However, compete with a certitude that you will clear 6 feet 10 inches and you will consistently match or better your expectations. A positive attitude is the key to attaining superior altitude.

Sweeter Than Any Bowl of Cereal
No one can control your attitude but you. Yet too often we let other people or external circumstances determine how we feel. In 1991, our team, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, was selected to play the University of Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Florida's Gators were formidable opponents. Their coach, Steve Spurrier, was (and is) a brilliant leader and tactician. Gator quarterback Shane Matthews was a superior talent blessed with a strong arm and a field commander's presence.
No one thought we could win this game. In fact, we were such a decided underdog that many people wondered if we could even hold the score close. But I believed we were poised to upset the Gators. Our team couldn't have been better prepared, and I knew our players were brimming with confidence.
A few days before the Bowl, I took my family to dinner in Orlando. We were talking about the upcoming game and my family could see how optimistic I was about our chances. I felt like I was on top of the world. While taking our order, the waiter scrutinized me a bit before asking, "Aren't you Lou Holtz, the Notre Dame coach?" When I told him I was, he said, "Let me ask you a question. What's the difference between Notre Dame and Cheerios?" I didn't know. He answered, "Cheerios belong in a bowl, Notre Dame doesn't." It was meant to be a joke, but I couldn't find any humor in it. You want to talk about a radical change in attitude! I am here to tell you I was upset.
However, I remained outwardly calm. I said to the waiter, "It's my turn to ask you a question. What's the difference between Lou Holtz and a golf pro?" He said, "I don't know." I replied, "Golf pros give tips, Lou Holtz won't." Now if I didn't believe with all my heart that we were going to win that game, I would have left that dining room in a permanent funk. Those pesky gremlins of self-doubt would been working at my ear. I may have started to question our ability and, believe me, that would have adversely affected our performance.

What People are Saying About This

J. M. Haggar

"Lou Holtz has put into his book every element required for success in any endeavor. All who put into practice his ten elements for success will raise their level of performance significantly."

Senator Jesse Helms

"I've known Lou Holtz for a long time as a man of unflinching, unyielding character and integrity. It shows in this remarkable book."

Barry Alvarez

"Lou has taken his wisdom and principles of winning on the gridiron and translated them successfully for implementation into daily life. He has also included his patented brand of humor throughout making this an informative as well as enjoyable read."

Carl Pohlad

"Seldom do we experience the charisma and character of a dynamic personality such as Lou Holtz, the very successful former football coach of Notre Dame. Lou has left his distinctive mark of success everywhere he has coached. Winning Every Day is not just a catchy phrase, but with Coach Holtz, a way of life."

Richard A. Rosenthal

"Lou Holtz has spent most of his adult life helping others achieve their full potential. He believes success depends not so much on an abundance of God given talent, it does on the passionate and intelligent application of the talent we have. Winning Every Day is the best of Lou Holtz.."

Peter Lowe

Lou Holtz is a brilliant strategist, a first-class motivator, and an inspiring role model. Winning Every Day coaches you through the hard-won lessons of life that Coach Holtz has gleaned from a lifetime of learning. Using personal behind-the-scenes experiences he shows you how to break through obstacles, capitalize on fleeting opportunities, and achieve success. There is no better mentor than Lou Holtz.-- President and CEO of Peter Lowe International

Sean McManus

The lessons contained in this book may start out having to do with sports but they apply to almost every aspect of life. The stories in this book are wonderfully entertaining, and the lessons are priceless. This is a book about winning, written by a man who is a true winner in every sense of the word.

Dan Quayle

"This is the book we've all hoped Lou Holtz would write. In these pages he shares the wisdom and experience of a lifetime. It's a great read, and sure to be a hit."

Steve Spurrier

Coach Lou Holtz has written one of the best motivational books that I've ever read on how to be successful in whatever you do in life. -- Football Coach, University of Florida

John W. ("Jay") Jordan

"Coach Holtz has a vast reservoir of knowledge and experience in the key elements of living a successful life. Using football as his primary vehicle, he provides a most inspiring and motivational treatise conveyed in a folksy and oftentimes humorous manner. Not only is Winning Every Day a very important book to read, but also a complete and utter joy."

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Winning Every Day 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is can change you forever. This book inspired me to pursue any dreams that I could imagine. I read it for a book report just because my teacher said it was good and I couldn't find another book. After the first paragraph I was hooked, and after that I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I read this book in every class everyday. I felt as if Mr. Lou himself was talking directly to me. This book inspired me in every aspect of my life. I turned myself around and I changed for the better. This book was the first book I had ever read and I believe everyone should read this book. Since I'm an athlete, student, teammate, and Christian I applied this to my whole life, and I set goals for myself under the guidelines of this book and through Christ. If you need motivation, inspiration, and the development of self-worth, self-image, and a WINNING ATTITUDE get this book. I hope it will inspire you as much as it inspired me!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The football coach at my school gave me this book to read. After I started it, I was hooked. I brought it to every class and read it every chance I got. This book changed my views on how to play the game of football and all other sports. I think I has made me a better athlete, teammate, and person in general. It was as if Mr. Holtz was reading the book to me. It's a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention more than any book I have ever read. I could not put it down. I am a coach myself and this book taught me so much about how to communicate and motivate the athletes I work with. I have encourgaged everyone to read it. Lou is a great motivator and he shares a lot of good insights on how to be a better person and not just a better coach. If you are a coach you have to buy this book and if you are not you should seriously consider adding it to your library.
ngennaro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
12/04 This is a good book although not as insightful as I thought Lou Holtz would be. I think it gives some basic points but does not really stretch. You can probably read this though in a day or two as its light reading.
Andy10k More than 1 year ago
Great stuff! Wake up every morning with one of Lou's quotes and you can't help but win!
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