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Random Thoughts from Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi

Mental Toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. Its a state of mind you could call it character in action.

Leadership rests not only on outstanding ability but on commitment, loyalty, pride, and followers ready to accept guidance.

The successful man is himself, to be successful, you’ve got to be honest with yourself.

Improvements in moral character are our own responsibility. Bad habits are eliminated not by others, but by ourselves.

The difference between a good coach and an average coach is knowing what you want, and knowing what the end is supposed to look like. If a coach doesn’t know what the end is supposed to look like, he won’t know it when he sees it.

I would say that the quality of each mans life is the full measure of that mans personal commitment to excellence and to victory, whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government, or what have you.

The most important element in the character make up of a man who is successful is that of mental toughness.

Simplicity is a form of humility, and simplicity is a sign of true greatness. Meekness is a sign of humility, and meekness is a sign of true strength.

If you cheat on the practice field you’ll cheat in the game. If you cheat in the game you’ll cheat the rest of your life.

Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence upon one another, and of strength to be derived from unity.

They call it coaching, but it is teaching. You do not just tell them it is so but you show them the reason why it is so and you repeat and repeat until they are convinced, until they know.

You defeat defeatism with confidence. The man who is trained to his peak capacity will gain confidence. Confidence is contagious, and so is lack of confidence.

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