Few achieve the level of success that earns them a spot in the hall of fame, but the names of legends like Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, and Babe Ruth testify to the incredible skill and discipline required to reach such heights.
If you’re a sports fan, this may not come as a surprise to you:
Repeating success is incredibly difficult.
That is why winning back-to-back championships is so rare in sports.
But when a team does, it’s seen as an even higher pinnacle than a sole championship.
It’s also why hall of fame coaches and leaders who can repeat success is so highly paid and sought after.
Who Gets Into The Hall Of Fame?
When people think of great coaches, what names come to mind?
Maybe you think of:
The list is extremely exclusive and very hard to get onto.
Because it takes a lot of skill, patience, intelligence, and fortitude to be a leader who can ignite the flame in a team and get the players or members to commit to success.
Not just once but multiple times.
Succeeding once is hard.
Doing it multiple times is often impossible.
Why is this?
Listen to those who have had that one big success and have never returned.
Why didn’t they return?
Why couldn’t they repeat it?
It’s because we tend to get COMFORTABLE after achieving massive success.
We’ve MADE IT.
The Office, the Title, the Trophy, or the Big Paycheck are finally ours.
We party and celebrate this big accomplishment and see it as a finish line.
However, after the big party, there’s this stillness and emptiness.
“OK, I’ve been working for the last X years to get here, to learn HOW to succeed and reach this goal… Now I’ve accomplished it. I have the photos, the interviews, the ring, and the status. Why do I feel empty? Like I’m wandering now?”
When we work towards a single goal: a Super Bowl Trophy, an NCAA Championship, or that big project’s completion – we are focused on a destination, not the process.
This is what sets this world-class hall of fame coaches apart from all the rest:
They love the journey.
The love of learning, growing, and working to figure out how to do it again.
Each year, the new challenges of tackling new obstacles and figuring out how the pieces needed have changed excite them.
They know the destination may be the same, but the journey is completely different.
For those of you reading this who haven’t gotten to your first big success yet, don’t stop reading this or begin to think,
“This doesn’t apply to me. I’m different. I’m going to set the world of success upon its ear. All I have to do it hustle.”
While I’m talking to those who have achieved their “big success” and are treading water, those of you on your way to your first one can change your mindset and approach now.
This will allow you to keep that momentum up and help you attain multiple successes to get into your own hall of fame.
I have good news for those treading water after the first big success: It’s NOT over.
To progress and reach even bigger success, we must change our mindset and how we look at things.
But you will do it again…and again and again.
Each time may not be easier than the previous one due to different obstacles or circumstances.
However, you’ll be much smarter, wiser, and more agile to tackle the challenges more fluidly.
How do you need to change your mindset to achieve multiple massive successes?
At the beginning of our journey to success, we tend to be very set on our goals.
We look at everything around us as a resource that we can learn from.
We see ourselves as rookies, and as such, we are hungry to learn.
But as the saying goes:
“Familiarity breeds contempt”
As we achieve that first success, we subconsciously or consciously think we have it figured out.
Because we’ve had this accomplishment, we now understand how things work and what we need to get to the next success.
We think that it’ll be easier the next time.
While in some rare cases, this is true, in most cases, it isn’t.
Situations vary, people move on or change, and the world marches on.
The most interesting common thread among hall of fame coaches and professionals, who continue to achieve success, is that they have this quiet, strong confidence about them.
Yet they are not cocky or arrogant.
They are very personable, cool, calm, and collected when you meet them.
They are genuinely in the mindset of “what can I learn from this situation” and/or “how can I help this person.”
To enter the hall of fame of success, you must continue to know yourself, build your character, and hold steadfastly to your integrity.
Just because you’ve done it once doesn’t mean you’re entitled to the next success, or it will come easier.
The difference between those who get to the top and hang on there versus those who get there and fall off is that the latter love the processes of continual self-improvement, learning, skill acquisition, keeping the main thing the main thing, and mastering the small fundamentals that others neglect to.
If you are consistent and disciplined when the amounts are small, you will earn the abilities and rights to large amounts.
6 Tips To Get Into The Hall of Fame of Success
Enough with the general overview. Let’s get down to brass tacks:
1. Understand and know yourself.
Knowing what you like and don’t like to do and what you can’t be bothered to do has a big impact on your success.
Stay true to yourself, and make sure to constantly stretch yourself – but do so intelligently.
2. Life, like basketball, is a game of runs.
Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down.
Focus on what is within your control and what you can do to improve, and you’ll keep the game in your favor.
Knowing this integral truth to life will allow you to properly take advantage of when the runs (times) are going for you and prepare for when the runs are against you.
Think of it as the different seasons to a farmer.
In the spring, you work your butt off to prepare the land, plant, and water.
During the summer, you work your butt off to harvest, maintain, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
In the Fall, you work to prepare the fields for next year and prepare for winter: prepping and putting grains in storage, pickling vegetables, harvesting the hay to feed to the cattle or sell, etc.
During winter, you learn from the previous year and look to advance your skills.
You work to ensure your tools and talents are in great shape next year.
But you also learn new things and improve.
You re-focus your mind and goals for the year ahead with its emerging obstacles.
3. Don’t stop practicing and refining the fundamentals.
They are what got you here and will help you to build further.
Coach John Wooden dominated College basketball for two reasons:
1) He was always looking to help each one of his players to get better as an individual and as a teammate;
2) He focused on the fundamentals, regardless of the success or failures.
To paraphrase Coach Wooden:
“Do the best you can, with what you have, in those circumstances, at that time, in that place, giving 100 percent effort EVERYDAY, and success will surely follow. It is not the score that dictates if you are a success or not, but rather it is you being able to say, that I gave 100 percent and did the absolute best I could with what I had, at that time, in that circumstance, in that place, and held nothing back. I left it all on the court.”
4. Always look to improve those around you; give, not just receive.
Short-term successes think about themselves and how they can get ahead.
Those who get to the hall of fame and stay there think about how they can use their position, talents, or skills to give even more to people.
They look to make those around them better.
We reap that which we sow (See Tip #3).
5. Give credit where it is due.
When you prop others up, you solidify your foundation.
Never be afraid to lay claim to your work, but NEVER lay claim to working that someone else has done (See Tips #3 and #4).
6. Learn how to deal with rejection positively and productively.
I hope you have learned how to deal with rejection positively on the journey to your initial success.
But if you haven’t, you’re behind the 8 ball for some reason.
The greatest obstacle, in my opinion (as well as to many of the up-and-coming athletes), is that they have too many people telling them how awesome they are.
Why is this the greatest obstacle?
It’s because they don’t learn how to deal with hard truths, rejections, or challenges.
Learn to surround yourself with supportive and positive people who aren’t afraid, to be honest with you, and tell you how it is.
Teach yourself to see failures and negative feedback as a blessing and gift.
You’re certain to see a bounty of success come your way.
Your Hall of Fame Waits
This article is NOT for those who “just want to get there,” to have a single success and then to wander.
Life can give you a single success, and you can live the rest of your life “remembering the good old days.”
Or you can, as Tony Robbins says, “Get after the CANEI – Constant And Never Ending Improvement!”
You want to continue adding value to the world, helping others, and growing your skill sets, knowledge, and abilities.
If you want to have a single success, power to you.
A single success is an incredible thing and something that certainly MUST be striven for.
But let me tell you a secret: if you have one success, you have many successes.
What do you have to do differently to realize these multiple successes?
You have to challenge yourself to grow, to constantly stretch, sharpen, and refine your fundamentals.
You need to learn from the past, learn new skills, and gain knowledge from others.
Celebrate your first hall of fame success
Do it right, but don’t let it be your end game.
You have A LOT of talent and gifts that you must share with the world to make it a better place.
I look forward to hearing about your first BIG success – and the multiple successes you have.
Keep looking to grow.