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GUT CHECK WITH BILL BELICHICK

By October 2, 2016 One Comment

bill belichick5Don’t let the frumpy grey hoodie fool you. Coach Bill Belichick is no fashion icon but that’s the only standard he hasn’t set in the National Football League.

Over his fifteen year career, Belichick has:

  • 6 Super Bowl appearances (including 4 wins),
  • a record-tying 13 division titles,
  • a record-tying 7 straight division titles,
  • a record-setting 23 playoff wins and
  • a .669 winning percentage, second in NFL history.

He’s heading back for his 7th Super Bowl appearance on February 5th.

Plain and simple – Belichick is the best.

Even if you’re not big into NFL football Belichick’s example has something to offer you.

Are you responsible for a business, ministry or a family? You need gut check moments – times to evaluate, ask honest questions and challenge yourself for excellence.

7 Gut Checks With Belichick

1. No excuses.

The axiom across the NFL is when your starting quarterback is out, you’re happy if you can win half your games with the backup quarterback. Belichick doesn’t think that way. In 2016 the Pat’s franchise player, quarterback Tom Brady, was unavailable for the first four games. #inflategate

The Pats had 3 wins and 1 loss.

No Tom Brady? No excuses.

They found a way to win.

What excuses are keeping you from success?

Bill Belichick Brady2. Adjust or die.

Bill Belichick’s 64 years old. A lot of people when they’re 64 aren’t that aggressive. They think, “Well, it worked last year so it should be good enough this year.” Not Belichick.

He doesn’t even keep what worked well last week. One week the Pats will beat their opponent by relentlessly running the ball. The next week they attack through the air with 50 or 60 pass attempts.

What’s past the best before date in your life?

3. Be known for results.

Some NFL teams are known as passing teams. Some teams are running teams. Others are defensive teams. The Patriots are a winning team.

Their identity is in results not function.

Are you making necessary changes to become what you need to succeed.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) and head coach Bill Belichick, right, walk the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 20-10. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) ORG XMIT: SLS123

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) ORG XMIT: SLS123

4. Don’t lose before you win.

Belichick’s teams don’t beat themselves. The Patriots don’t commit a lot of penalties or turnovers. They don’t make mental errors. When their opponents make errors they take advantage of them, immediately.

How is your internal voice? Do you self-sabotage leading to mental errors?

5. Perfect your systems.

Belichick’s coaching staff have honed their systems. They work their systems. The Patriots consistently have the best special teams in the league. That’s not by luck. The Colts have Luck – as in Andrew. The Patriots have Lombardi – as in Super Bowl trophies.

What are you doing to improve your capabilities?

6. Practice perfect.

The Patriots practice “situations.” They see game plays before they happen because they anticipate them in practice. Players without focus in practice and a high football IQ don’t last long in Foxboro.

Are you focused on what will help you most?

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7. Stay ahead of the curve.

Belichick’s never faced a “rebuilding” year because he’s always rebuilding.  He’s traded or let go veteran players at their prime much to the chagrin of teammates and fans. Can you say Welker, Milloy, Mankins or McGinest? All released and none matched their production post-Pats.

How are you doing with making tough, but timely decisions?

APPLICATION: My hat’s off to Belichick but maybe I’m biased. What do you think? Please leave a comment below.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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  • I hate to say I am not a football fan even though it is watched in my home frequently. But I did need to hear this message this morning. We are called to be our best and I needed some questions and inspiration to get me going. Thanks Pastor Bob

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