Bill Walsh on Facing Adversity

from Coach Starkey’s Hoop Thought’s

Bill Walsh on facing adversity…

To deal with and overcome adversity, several personal attributes are required.

By degree, you must possess all of the following elements:

• An inner confidence that has been tested.

• Sound fundamentals and skills that have been firmly entrenched by weeks, months and years of training, practice, rehearsal and direct competition.

• A functional intellect for the activity.

• A belief—a conviction—that is able to effectively control your urge to “quit and run.”

• A willingness to sacrifice for others.

• A refined sense of communication that enable you to have a realistic sense of what your teammates are thinking and how they will react and respond to a given situation.

• Trust in yourself and in your teammates. This trust must have been nurtured through months and years of practicing, playing and sacrificing for a common goal.

• A philosophy, a scheme, and a system that has evolved, matured and become established.

• Flexibility and adaptability that enable you to effectively deal with change. You must be able to recognize and adapt to markedly different styles, strategies and tactics.

• A qualified support staff and system. Both your staff and your system must reflect a high level of intensity and a comparable level of willingness to make critical sacrifices

• Both elements must be well-organized and well-led.

• Leadership.

• A plan, a goal and a dominating thought process that motivates and inspires.

• A knowledge and understanding of your opponent—his strategies, tactics, system, personnel, attitudes and goals.

• A system of replacing and acquiring new players and staff members.

From “Finding The Winning Edge” by Bill Walsh


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