This is the second part of a two-part series on Coach Pat Summitt and her thoughts on competing. These thoughts come from Coach Greg Brown. Greg is currently the head coach at Lipscomb University but served on Coach Summitt's staff and recently wrote an outstanding book, "The Best Things I've Seen In Coaching." The book is a collection of notes, thoughts and observations from working with Coach Summitt as well as Coach Don Meyer.
Compete in everything you do.
What do you see in great competitors? Best everything they do. Don't take possession off. Push through being tired.
Competition isn't social. It separates achievers from the average.
You can't always be the most talented person in the room but you can be the most competitive.
Influence your opponent: by being competitive, you can affect how your adversary performs.
Competitors do not simply do things just to finish.
Competition should inspire you in all that you do.
It's fun to have someone to push you.
Competition allows you to set yourself apart.
Only by learning to compete can you discover just how much you are capable of achieving.
Competitiveness is the opposite of complacency.
Recruit competitors, because they are winners.
You can always be better.
Play every possession like it's a game winner.
Must know who your most competitive players are.
People ask Pat who do you get them to play so hard? The answer is they either go hard or they don't play.
This just a small sampling of Greg's observations in regard to competing as it was under Pat Summitt. This is simply an outstanding book and would encourage anyone in coaching to purchase. The proceeds from the book go to the foundations of both Pat Summitt and Don Meyer.
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