Yesterday, we lost a “Truly Great Leader”. A woman who not only was the winningest woman coach in history but the winningest coach in Division 1 basketball history. A true leader!!

This article is dedicated to Pat Summitt.

Improving or changing your life is all about improving and/or creating new skills and values, then taking those skills and values into your life with our present personal family and work family and watch what your changed life will return for you.

Attitude lies somewhere between emotion and logic, it’s that curious mix of optimism and determination that enables you to maintain a positive outlook and to continue plodding in the face of the most adverse circumstances.”

Pat Summitt


New habits don’t come easy, but they can be developed. Sometimes when you develop a lot of momentum in one direction, it’s not that easy to change but it is possible. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible. Now if we advance form the inspiration portion of improving our lives and switch to “making it happen” stage then consider what a leader once said, success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. Once you understand what needs to be started and you’ve, learn the skills, put yourself through the paces, do the mental pushups and get yourself ready.

“Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.”

Pat Summitt in “Reach for the Summit”


Inspiration is instrumental, and inspiration leads to discipline. It’s one thing to be motivated, but it’s another thing to be motivated sufficiently to take the classes, do the reading, do the repetition, go through it over and over, until it becomes part of you. And those are challenges. They’re not easy, but they’re challenges that if you win and develop and grow, that’s what determines your place, your return, your equity, the worth you get from your new and improved personal and family life.

“Admit and make yourself accountable for your mistakes. How can you improve if you’re never wrong?”

Pat Summitt

Productivity System:

Productivity systems are the behaviors we repeat consistently and methodically to get more done. People often change their systems in order to improve productivity but find themselves reverting back to old habits. It’s hard to change your productivity system without modifying your environment, since previous behaviors may have been mapped to certain spaces. And even when new behaviors make sense, it’s easy to remain convinced that old habits are more effective. However, you can change the way you think about your routine. Start by identifying parts of your daily routine (such as arriving at the office) that happen with relative consistency and use them as cues for new behaviors: “When I arrive at the office, I will let my task list dictate the morning’s priorities instead of checking email like I used to.” Just don’t overthink it — the whole point is to create new habits that become automatic and fun.

“Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth. How can you improve if you’re never wrong? If you don’t admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you’re bound to make the same one again”.

Pat Summitt

Mental System:

Here’s the bonus to personal development: the mind. Stretching your mind, developing good thinking habits, good study habits, pursuing ideas, and trying to find ways to apply them, an example in stretching yourself is in reading habits, listening to people and looking for the positive in anything and everything. You can’t live in denial, so you’ve got to have the full range of stretching your mind in order to grow. That is why it is called “Mind-Stretch”.

“Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.”

Pat Summitt

Your willingness to tackle subjects that are difficult and that most people have decided to let slide gives you an extraordinary edge in all aspects of your life. How can you master part of the high skills, the extraordinary skills that make you an unusual performer in life? It takes mind-stretch.

I read leaders in history and adopt many of their quotes. I have gained lot by learning to do things that seem a little difficult to attack. But if you always back away from something that seems a little difficult at first, you leave yourself weak. You leave yourself unprepared in the real world. So, don’t be afraid to tackle the heavyweight stuff. It may be a lot easier than you think once you get into it and learn skill after skill.


Get inspired to improve, discipline yourself to learn and do the work to change!


To Pat Summitt – You will always be an inspiration and a “True Coach”,

Rest in Peace.

“Here’s how I’m going to beat you. I’m going to outwork you. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.”

Pat Summitt

More Pat Summitt Quotes

 “By doing things when you are too tired, by pushing yourself farther than you thought you could – like running the track after a two-hour practice – you become a competitor. Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger.”

 “You can’t always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive.”

“When you choose to be a competitor you choose to be a survivor. When you choose to compete, you make the conscious decision to find out what your real limits are, not just what you think they are.”

“To me, teamwork is a lot like being part of a family. It comes with obligations, entanglements, headaches, and quarrels. But the rewards are worth the cost.”

 “My parents taught me a long time ago that you win in life with people, and that’s important, because if you hang with winners, you stand a great chance of being a winner.”

 “Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.”