Vince Lombardi was one of the greatest football coaches in history, maybe even the greatest. He had an incredible ability to motivate and inspire players, and he demanded that every player deliver his absolute best. Lombardi was determined to win and believed in doing what it took to do so.
He was a man full of wit and wisdom, a man that knew how to turn losers into winners and wouldn’t settle for anything less.
Many Vince Lombardi quotes can be applied to writers striving to improve their writing game. For example:
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
It comes down to this:
How badly do you want to succeed at writing? The amount of writing talent you have may not be as important as how determined you are to achieve your writing goals. How badly do you want to succeed? The will to succeed may be the most important quality you have.
“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”
Nothing comes for free. Jillian Michaels, widely believed to be TV’s toughest personal trainer, is often heard saying “You’re not going to get results for free. People that sign up for The Biggest Loser know they are going to have to pay a price to lose weight – they are going to have to eat right, they are going to have to put in hours and hours of exercise, they are going to have to persist through the pain.
As writers, we have to pay a price too. We have to work to attain discipline, we have to persist, we have to stay strong when we are rejected or criticized, and we have to keep writing no matter what. We have to continually strive to better our best.
“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.”
A habit is a behavior pattern that is followed so often it is practically involuntary. For writers, as for football players, the habit of writing has to be developed. Writers need to develop the habits of writing a certain number of words a day, sending a certain number of queries per week, or spending a certain amount of time each day or each week on marketing.
Or you can instead develop (or continue with) the habits of channel surfing or procrastination. It’s your choice.
“Inches make champions.”
Inches make a huge difference in football. They make a huge difference in writing too. For example, if you decide to write 10% more each day than you are writing now, that would be similar to improving your game by an inch or two. If you’re currently writing a thousand words a day, an extra hundred words a day is an extra 500 words a week, or 2,000 words a month. That is definitely a noticeable difference.
“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.”
The best is yet to come. If you just keep writing.