Focus on Growth Not Trophies

Here is a clip from a recent video by the people at What Drives Winning. In this short 10:00 interview Brad Stevens, Coach of the Boston Celtics highlights some key elements in his coaching philosophy. They are simple things we often pay lip service to but, following them has helped him take his teams at Butler to the final four and resurrect the Boston Celtics over the last two years.

Coach Stevens says, “The longer I’ve been into it, its’ become ever more obvious it’s about what you can control and to stay focused on those things you can control. “

He talks about:

Learning to focus on growth and not on trophies.

Encouraging a mindset that focuses on consistency of effort, desire to improve, coachabililty.

Learning to analyze a game based on “How we played” not the result or score.

It’s worth taking the time to listen for athletes, coaches, and parents. Success and excellence come from that blend of focusing on the process and staying in the moment.  The opening minute of the clip from the Butler v Georgetown game is amazing!

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