Based On The Book By Jay Bilas & Academy Award Nominated Movie “Lone Survivor” Along With Other Tough Examples

COMMITMENT

Tough Commitment

Commitment is...the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

  • Don’t Mistake Routine For Commitment
    • Can’t Just Show Up
  • Commitment Is Isn’t Either/Or
    • Both Feet In
    • Engaged At The Highest Level
  • Not For Everyone

Toughness Is Built On The

Foundation Of Commitment

To The Mission, And To

Each Other

Commitment is...the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose; having single-minded loyalty or integrity.

Don’t Mistake Routine For Commitment

Commitment Is Isn’t Either/Or -- You simply cannot be somewhat committed. If you ask a friend if they are going to an event and they reply “Yeah, but it could rain and I don’t want to get sick. I might stick around home, but I do want to go”. You’ve all heard of the answer non answer response by someone. You’ve also heard the non-committal answer someone gives. Everyone gives “verbal commitments”

Not For Everyone

Toughness Over Talent

  • Commitment Opens Doors For Success
    • Talent Is Involved
    • Talent + Toughness = Winners
  • Road Games
    • Exposes People
    • Distractions
  • Run And Sprint Are Not The Same Thing
    • Run: Move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time
    • Sprint: Run at full speed
  • Talent Is Appreciated - Toughness Respected

It Is Really Hard To Play Against Relentless. It Is Even Harder To Beat Relentless

Many athletes rely on their individual God given talents. Commitment and reliance are two very different things. Reliance can get us in trouble because we assume certain things will happen. Sports are one of the most unpredictable activities. Commitment can help carry you and/or your team through all ups and downs, even the normal times.

Commitment Opens Doors For Success

Road Games -- One of the toughest tests for athletes can be playing on the road. An environment that is hostile, all against you. Some players love it, others cave to it. But you can love it all you want if you don’t commit yourself and your team to be engaged in your competition then more often than not you will be on the short end of the stick which will probably make you less apt to love road games.

Run And Sprint Are Not The Same Thing -- Don’t confuse the two. Touch committed athletes don’t stop. They give full effort no matter their talent.

Talent Is Appreciated - Toughness Respected

It Is Really Hard To Play Against Relentless. It Is Even Harder To Beat Relentless

Commitment? Do you have it?

The 50-50 Ball

  • Mental Toughness & Awareness
    • It’s Under Our Control
    • Applied Concentration (Communication/Vision)
  • The Extra Benefits
    • Known
    • Unknown
  • Compromise Isn’t In Our Vocabulary
    • Nothing Comes Easy
    • Keep Priorities
    • Acknowledge Toughness
  • Commitment Levels

What are we going to do?

Who are we in this moment?

How tough are we going to be?

“I don’t know if you can be truly tough for all forty minutes of every game. But you can be tough at the most important parts of the game.”

-Bill Self/NCAA Champion

The 50-50 ball in basketball is one of those plays we see just about in every game. In other sports as well there is probably a play that carries the same assimilation as the loose ball. It is in no one player's position making it game for anybody to get. Often these plays are gift wrapped and dropped at your doorstep, which make them 50-50. They could our team's way, or they could go the opponent's way. Tough, committed people put it all out there to get the 50-50 ball

In moments like these coaches and players have three key questions their team must answer.

Mental Toughness & Awareness

The Extra Benefits

Compromise Isn’t In Our Vocabulary

Commitment Levels

Doris Burke

  • Tough Upbringing
  • Scholarship To Providence (Big East)
    • Tested
    • Committed: All Big East, All Big East Tournament, Team Winner Of Big East Regular Season, Inducted Into Providence Athletic Hall Of Fame
  • Broadcast Career
    • Rough Beginnings In Radio
    • Be A “Plugger”
    • Turn Down The Critics Noise
    • ESPN (Men’s College Basketball, Women’s College Basketball, NBA, WNBA)
  • Her Advice
    • Embrace Roles
    • Find Fun In Commitment
    • Stay Away/Dismiss Social Media

One example talked about by Jay Bilas in his book is his ESPN colleague Doris Burke. Many basketball fans don’t know that she was an outstanding player herself, but has been tested with her commitment to herself and goals.

Tough Upbringing

Scholarship To Providence (Big East)

Broadcast Career

Her Advice

Play Through 1:41

Play from 0:24 - 2:24

Adapt And Overcome

  • Commitment And Sacrifice Are Synonymous
    • Goes Along With Every Characteristic Previous
  • Military Visit
    • Middle East 120-130 Degrees
    • Sign Entering Camp: Adapt & Overcome
    • Commitment Level Oozes Out Of Soldiers
    • No Looking For Fouls
  • Flags Indicate Work Based On Temperature/Weather Conditions
    • Many Flags With Different Colors
    • Black = Most Severe (10 Minutes Work - 50 Minutes Rest)
    • “Our job is to ‘make mission’ , sir. We have brothers and sisters dying in Iraq, and they don’t get 50 minutes off. We make mission, sir” -Unidentified Soldier
  • No Abandoning The Mission

Commitment And Sacrifice Are Synonymous -- To succeed you must eliminate things that detract from that.

Military Visit -- Jay Bilas talks in the book about a military visit he and other basketball coaches went on.

Flags Indicate Work Based On Temperature/Weather Conditions

No Abandoning The Mission

Bilas and the others were shocked at this statement. No matter what they knew their brothers were having it harder so something as “little” as super high temperatures wouldn’t deter them.

Take a look at the committed individuals of Operation Red Wings

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