Perfection – a goal any team, group, or individual shares and often fails to achieve. Today, the NFL’s Green Bay Packers sit at 13-0 on the year, boasting a 19 game winning streak dating back to last December. Yet, ask any member of the organization from bottom to top, and you may be surprised at not only what you hear, but the era from which the sentiment originated.
One of the greatest to ever coach a game, Vince Lombardi’s tenure in Green Bay was responsible for nothing short of dominance. The on field accolades speak for themselves, but arguably just as timeless were the life lessons passed from Lombardi to his players – lessons which remain applicable to any walk of life. Pardoning the cliché use of ‘sports-to-real life’ references, I believe there is some substance here, especially in the business world.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Easy to put up on an office poster, but do you actively pursue this?
“If you settle for nothing less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life.” Others have echoed the words, but few have matched the success and effectiveness of them.
What about working together, in this case with colleagues?
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Lombardi recognized that each piece of the puzzle contributed to the finished product. Are you carrying your weight at work? Being on the same page at the office is just as important as it is on the field – Show up each day.
Likely, none of us who read this will be suiting up in anything more than slacks and a blazer. But we all can apply the work ethic and mentality of going for perfection just as well in the office as on the field. As the Packers of today chase perfection, do the same when you get to work each morning. You may not score that nationwide PR hit or land a Fortune 100 contract every day, however as the coach said –“perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”