Focus On The Whole Team: Don’t Let Complacency Set You Behind

October 4th, 2018 | by Walt Whitfield
Focus On The Whole Team: Don’t Let Complacency Set You Behind

College athletics in the 21st century is a never-ending foot race. Facility wars, big-name sponsorships, clever in-game experiences, and technology upgrades are allowing programs to handle the future. And these changes are happening daily. Universities don’t have the time for complacency. Standing still means you opponents are getting ahead. Here are a few tips to breaking your complacency and furthering your health goals.

Set a Bigger Goal

When building a program up from hard times, coaches will temper expectations. It is hard to win a national title in just a year at the helm. So, year one may involve goals of increasing conference and home wins. The following year will involve a slightly bigger goal. Beat your complacency by setting a bigger goal. Inner competition is great for your health. If you goal last year was to exercise 5 days a week to manage weight, then this year why not set a goal to finish a half marathon. Or hike the Appalachian trail.

Stay Within Your “Why”

Every program wants to succeed on and off the field, court, or track. That pursuit sometimes leads to improprieties. Unfortunately, the building of young men and women can become secondary to the winning for a few. That is why it is important to allow your “why” to drive your decisions. The same should go for your health decisions. Do not fall victim to fads or quick result schemes. Remember “why” you choose healthy behaviors to regain control of your life. Your “why” will keep you discipline and driven.

Look for Opportunities

College athletic programs are always looking for new opportunities. New opportunities to increase revenue. New opportunities to attract fans to games. New opportunities to promote the brand. They understand that growth is imperative to future success. Your health needs new opportunities. If you have been focusing on nutrition and physical activity, maybe find ways to get better at time management or stress reduction. Or find a way to develop a hobby or your spirituality. The joy of taking on something new outweighs the boredom of monotony.

Complacency in business or life is a slow death. Although your goals may be met, that success will not last forever. Fight your complacency by setting a bigger health goal, always allow your “why” to drive your health decisions, and continue to look for opportunities to further your health.

Walt Whitfield About Walt Whitfield
Walter Whitfield is an employee wellness consultant and founder of Lavoro Workplace Wellness where he helps businesses improve their workplace through employee wellness strategies. He has worked with corporations like Chevron, BP, and Seadrill. Walter is a former college athlete for Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns where he competed in cross country and track, winning Sunbelt conference titles in the 3k Steeplechase and 5k. He is married, has 3 kids, and loves all things New Orleans Saints and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.

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