“Just put the ball in the ref’s hands when you cross that goal line.
Just lay the bat down, touch ‘em all when you go yard for the first time…
Like you’ve been there before like it ain’t no thing like it ain’t your first trip around that block…
Roll with it don’t let it show like it ain’t your first rodeo… “
Those are lyrics from Jameson Rodgers song Act Like You’ve Been There Before. It’s written from the perspective of a dad imparting life wisdom on his son.
It’s also a great reminder for all ages and every season of life, especially as fall sports and a new school year are about to begin.
The expression “Act Like You’ve Been There Before” comes from the famous football coach Vince Lombardi. Legend has it he first said that in 1967 to kick returner, Travis Williams, when Williams danced after scoring a touchdown:
“Travis, the next time you make it to the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.”
And as the story goes, that was all that needed to be said.
Why is this so important?
Because you shouldn’t be surprised by new found success, you should expect to win. Like the lyrics in Rodgers song, just put the ball in the refs hands after you cross the goal line. Maybe mix in a high five with a teammate or two but focus on the next play.
It’s the same in business. Preparation and hard work got you there, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when you have success.
You should expect it to happen.
And happen again and again.
Acting like you’ve been there before is also important because an individual’s desire to celebrate the small victory should never trump the team’s ability to complete the mission.
Never mind the fact that when you’re celebrating something you’ve already done, you’re not focused on what’s next.
And if what you accomplished yesterday is still being talked about, you haven’t done much today.
True professionals don’t celebrate routine individual plays, they celebrate the team wins.
Don’t get me wrong, of course, small wins and short term victories are important, you need them to know you’re headed in the right direction. But more importantly, you have to stay focused on the long term objective.
And the best way to achieve that long term objective is you guessed it, to act like you’ve been there before.
To surround yourself with winners who have been there before, join us here.
What you won’t find there:
You WON’T find people posting photos next to a Bentley or Lear Jet they claim is theirs.
You WON’T find people bragging about how successful they are or how much money they make.
And you WON’T find people talking about what they’re “going to do”.
Because people in my Yesterday’s Underdog community aren’t fake, don’t have fragile/insecure egos, and most importantly they all act like they’ve been there before….
Because they actually HAVE been there before.
P.S. Here’s that link again: http://www.YesterdaysUnderdog.com
Be Your Best,