Lou Holtz is a former college football coach and current television color commentator. He is also a motivational speaker and has spoken to many audiences on what it takes to lead and be successful in life and business. Today on The Porch, we look at some of Lou’s most famous quotes and how these relate to what we do.
- “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Holtz is highlighting here that ability and motivation together are not enough. Our attitude is a key factor in how we live our lives day-by-day.
- “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” – Holtz is saying that we cannot control what happens in our day, but we CAN control our response. As I have said before, “A good day is defined not by what happens to us, but by how we respond to what does happens.” We can totally control whether today is a good day!
- “I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.” – Some quotes need no further embellishment. Enough said!
- “If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.” – It is OK to look back, but only briefly. We cannot alter what happened yesterday and today carries its own challenges. Do you plan to just coast through today or do you have plans to accomplish something important? Perhaps, if this is a lazy Sunday, you might be happy to just coast. However, living with intentionality is the best way to make a difference… at least for the other six days a week.
- “Successful people will always tell you that you can do something. It’s the people who have never accomplished anything who will always discourage you from trying to achieve excellent things.” – Don’t let others deter you from that excellent thing you are in the process of doing. Don’t you just hate it when someone belittles what you do simply because they are jealous? They can only deter you, if you let them. Don’t give them that permission!
What “big thing” are you destined to do today? Chances are, if you don’t plan for something big or if you’re not ready for it when it does come, that “big thing” will pass you by. Someone reading this will have a great day today. Will it be you? Let’s all plan to have a super day!