You Are What Your Record Says You Are
The National Football League just concluded the fifth week of its season. At this stage, there are usually a handful of surprises; winning teams that pundits didn’t think would be as successful, and losing teams thought to have been better. TV “experts” will list their own NFL power rankings of the best teams, which often contradict the actual standings. Players and coaches on underperforming teams will sometimes explain how the situation isn’t really as bad as the record indicates.
NFL Hall of Famer and two time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Parcells said “You are what your record says you are.” His point was that your record speaks for itself. Championships are won by points scored on the field, not by counting up the the woulda-coulda-shouldas off the field.
Fellow speaker and author Al Walker told me “we tend to judge ourselves by our intentions, the rest of the world judges us by our results.” Think about that. How many times do you have an idea about something you want to accomplish but never take the steps to follow it through to fruition? Perhaps you lacked the drive to tackle the process, didn’t know how or where to begin. The great Zig Zigler use to hand out business cards shaped in a circle with the letters TUIT printed on one side. He said it was for people who hadn’t completed a task because they hadn’t gotten around to it, or in this case a round TUIT, now they got one!
There are less than 12 months remaining in the year. How many of your 2022 goals were accomplished this year? What intentional behaviors are you capable of making a commitment in order to achieve success? You are what your record says you are.