When I started coaching in the NFL in 1981, there were fourteen African American assistant coaches in the whole league, and no head coaches or coordinators. I didn’t show up my first day of work thinking that I was going to be a head coach and win a Super Bowl, but I did think about the future and reaching goals. I wanted to learn as much as I could and do my job well. I believed if I did that, I’d get promoted within the organization. And I didn’t let the fact that there were no black men in those high-level jobs put a damper on my thinking. I always believed that, because of who I was working for and the people around me, I would learn enough to be an excellent coach.
If you want to reach your goal then you’ll need to focus on these 3 things.
Work on becoming great at what you do.
If I became good enough, then it would just be a matter of getting the opportunity. That part I couldn’t control, so I had to leave the opportunities in God’s hands. But I never once allowed myself to believe that I couldn’t do the job if I got the chance. I had to keep the negativity out of my thought process and leave it to God.
Set your expectations high.
You won’t always rise to the level of the expectations you have for yourself, but you will never be able to rise above the imaginary ceiling you construct in your mind. How high do you want to set those expectations? How high would you like to go?
Focus on where you want to go.
Your life will also be affected by how much you allow the things around you-like a shot blocker-to affect the direction of your journey. You will not be able to do anything about removing all the distractions you find along the way. The key is to continue to focus your thoughts on where you want to go, regardless of those distractions. What do you want your tomorrow to look like? Allow your mind and heart to embrace that direction.