Super strategy

th-4I don’t think anyone who saw the Super Bowl last month, including Denver Bronco fans, can argue with the fact that Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks were prepared for that game as well as any team could be prepared for a big game. I don’t think the lopsided score was an indication of how much better the Seahawks are than the Broncos. After all, this was the Super Bowl; you have to be super to play here. You have to win a lot of games and beat a lot of really good teams along the way. So when two teams this good go head-to-head and one dominates, it usually is a credit to the coaching style and preparation of the dominating team.

So it’s no surprise that Pete Carroll, or at least his coaching techniques, have been in demand in the sports and business sector ever since. Successful coaches like the great John Wooden, engineer of UCLA’s great basketball dynasty and winner of 10 national championships between 1964 and 1975, often are in demand as speakers and motivators anywhere a team concept is important to success, and Carroll has been no exception. Recently, for instance, Carroll’s daughter, Jaime Davern and Seahawks team psychologist Michael Gervais, held a daylong seminar for MBA students at the University of Southern California.

I once heard that one of the proofs that the Bible is true is the extent to which principles and precepts from the Bible can translate outside of a biblical, spiritual context. It stands to reason that if the Bible is true to the way the universe is set up, then it’s principles should work wherever you apply them.

In a recent newspaper article in the sports section outlining some of the aspects that were shared in that daylong seminar this was again evident in a powerful way, in fact, you could prooftext every one of the points made with the scriptures. This doesn’t necessarily mean Pete got his winning formula from the Bible; it simply means he found out what works is what’s’ true and what’s true is what works. Taking these points to heart in our own lives should help make for a super day.

Make the most of every moment.
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2).

Never quit.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12).

Don’t whine.
“When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid'” (Matthew 14:26-27).

Refuse to worry about what your opponents are up to.
“Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it” (Proverbs 11:27).

Instead of fear, build confidence.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Maximize your unique skill set.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6). “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).

It should be encouraging to our faith to be reminded that what works in the world is true in the Word. God’s truth works in leadership, it works in business, it works in our daily lives, and yes, even on the football field. Just ask Pete Carroll.


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2 Responses to Super strategy

  1. Linda from Texas says:

    Hi John – You hit the nail on the head – again. If we only just read and live the ten commandments our lives will be better. Read Proverbs. Everything we’re told there to do is sensible and good! We read of people who obeyed God’s ways and things turned out well for them. If they went their own way – not so great (Saul, Solomon as examples). God knows what works for us because He made us. I’m going to share your information with an unbelieving friend this weekend. Please pray for her if you think of it. Thanks so much.

  2. Lisa in Sunland says:

    Amen! A friend dragged me along to a Celebrate Recovery meeting on Friday (for those reading the comments – it’s like AA, only celebrating that your Higher Power is God/Jesus) – for all the 12 steps each is supported with a Bible verse. Yet another example of this – what’s good and true and what works is supported by (or even actually is – like “the Golden Rule”) a verse in the Bible! Thanks for another good point.

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