We’ve referenced recently that it is first most critical to apply what you are learning.  With practice in the deepening continuation of applying what we are learning, we can lead to an even higher level of intelligence toward mastery.  With mastery, we become more capable and productive in setting course and shaping mindsets for excellence.

Football is a reflection of life’s journey, right?  Look at the first year head coaches in the National Football League.  There are seven this season.  After five weeks, their combined record is 7 – 26 – 1 (winning percentage of 26%).  Four of those seven wins are from one coach, Matt LaFluer.  The other six first year head coaches have combined for only three wins in 25 opportunities (12%).  Hardly a success.

In most circumstances, these highly-touted new head coaches have been outlearned and out-mastered by more veteran coaches and personnel.  In other words, they are still learning.  Will they attain mastery of learning and applying what they have learned to build a program?

One or two of these coaches might continue learning and setting the course for mastery with their teams to improve.  They will become more and more capable and productive and eventually win many more contests than they will lose.  The others will never become mastery level head coaches and they will be replaced.

Only one NFL coach wins a championship each season.  Several will remain on-pace to build their programs.  Most will falter toward being replaced by new, highly touted first year coaches.

Where are you at with your learning and application of learning toward mastery?

“The key then to attaining this higher level of intelligence is to make our years of study qualitatively rich. We don’t simply absorb information – we internalize it and make it our own by finding some way to put this knowledge to practical use.”   — Robert Greene —   


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