"Preparation doesn't begin with what you do. It begins with what you believe. If you believe that your success tomorrow depends on what you do today, then you will treat today differently." John Maxwell
Yesterday, I watched the first episode of "All or Nothing" with the Carolina Panthers.
This episode featured a lot of the heart of the team, who happens to be their quarterback, Cam Newton.
For Quarterbacks in the NFL, their preparation is what separates them.
Peyton Manning said, "Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what the hell you're doing."
And six-time Superbowl champion Tom Brady said, "The only thing I really like doing during the week is getting ready to play the game."
There was a part at the beginning of the show that showed Cam Newton sitting in a barber chair, getting his hair cut and casually talking about the game of football and his responsibility towards it.
Like many great quarterbacks, athletes, and any other great leaders, I know there was a tremendous sense of responsibility. This responsibility wasn't just in his success but to the success and of those around him.
Newton said, I don't believe in that type of pressure when it comes to expectations being held up. Because one thing that gives me supreme confidence, I know what I do weekly, no one is doing. And come Sunday, that's the only thing that runs through my mind."
He continued, "In this league, you have a small window. Who knows how small? But I for damn sure know that when it comes to my preparation, I will always be ready. Every game won't be lights out, but I have to go into each and every game prepared to uphold my end of the bargain."
I believe that every great leader, every great athlete, thinks like this. There are no excuses; it's always about upholding their end of the bargain. If they fail; it wasn't just because of their preparation, it was because they got beat fair and square. Excuses do not exist.
Be great in your preparation. Take full responsibility for the success of you and your team. Feel obligated to hold up your end of the bargain at such a high level it changes everything around you.