Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

OneCoach: You Are What You Think

“…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” — Philippians 4:8

I briefly reflect on the legendary head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi. He uncannily turned a lowly Packers franchise into an overachieving perennial powerhouse, winning an unprecedented five NFL championships.

It has since been debated on how he accomplished so much with seemingly so little. Sure, it was in part his coaching style, the structure of the league, and a would-be Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm. But at the heart of it all was a firm belief that his team could accomplish anything.

From the start, he believed they would win. Upon accepting the job with the Packers, Lombardi told his players, “We are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence.”

The mind is powerful — whether you think you can or that you can’t, you are usually right. May we, like Lombardi, continue to believe the unseen. May we fill our minds with the unshakable truth of the Bible.

— Matt Dunn, Athletes in Action contributor

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