Pat Summitt’s “The Definite Dozen” Rules To Live, Work and Play by
    Pat Summittthe winningest, arguably the best–Division 1 Women’s Basketball Coach has nearly forever, had ‘The Definite Dozen‘ rules for both herself and her players:
1.  Respect Yourself and Others

  • There is no such thing as self-respect without respect for others.
  • Individual success is a myth.  No one succeeds all by one’s self.
  • People who do not respect those around them will not make good team members and probably lack self-esteem themselves.
  • When you ask yourself “Do I deserve to succeed?” make sure the answer is yes.

2.  Take Full Responsibility

  • There are no shortcuts to success.
  • You can’t assume larger responsibility without taking responsibility for the small things too.
  • Being responsible sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions.
  • Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes.  How can you improve if you’re never wrong?

3.  Develop and Demonstrate Loyalty

  • Loyalty is not unilateral.  You have to give it to receive it.
  • The family business model is a successful one because it fosters loyalty and trust.
  • Surround yourself with people who are better than you are.  Seek out quality people, acknowledge their talents and let them do their jobs.  You win with people.
  • Value those colleagues who tell you the truth, not just what you want to hear.

4.  Learn to be A Great Communicator

  • Communication eliminates mistakes.
  • Listening is crucial to good communication.
  • We communicate all the time, even when we don’t realize it.  Be aware of body language.
  • Make good eye contact.
  • Silence is a form of communication too.  Sometimes less is more.

5.  Discipline Yourself So No One Else Has To

  • Self-discipline helps you believe in yourself.
  • Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.
  • When disciplining others be fair, be firm, be consistent.
  • Discipline helps you finish the job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.

6.  Make Hard Work Your Passion

  • Do the things that aren’t fun-first, and do them well.
  • Think big, work small.
  • Plan your work, work your plan.
  • See yourself as self-employed.

7.  Don’t Just Work Hard, Work Smart

  • Success is about having the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
  • Know your strengths, weaknesses and needs.
  • When you understand yourself and those around you, your are better able to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths.  Personality profiles help.
  • Be flexible.

8.  Put The Team Before Yourself

  • Teamwork doesn’t come naturally.  It must be taught.
  • Teamwork allows common people to obtain uncommon results.
  • Not everyone is born to lead.  Role players are critical to group success.
  • In group success there is individual success.

9.  Make Winning An Attitude

  • Combine practice with belief.
  • Attitude is a choice.  Maintain a positive outlook.
  • No one ever got anywhere by being negative.
  • Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed.

10.  Be A Competitor

  • Competition isn’t social.  It separates achievers from the average.
  • You can’t always be the most talented person in the room.  But you can be the most competitive.
  • Influence your opponent: by being competitive you can affect how your adversary performs.
  • There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts.  They are survival instincts.

11.  Change Is A Must

  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.
  • Change equals self-improvement.  Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.
  • Take risks.  You can’t steal second with your foot on first.

12.  Handle Success Like You Handle Failure

  • You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.
  • Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning.  Losing forces you to reexamine.
  • It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb.  Continue to seek new goals.

Ms Summitt knows from whence she speaks, as evidenced by her accomplishments, accolades and awards!!
Til Nex’Time….
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Summitt
http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/summitt_pat00.html
http://basketball.about.com/od/womenscollegebasketball/tp/winningest-womens-coaches.htm

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