When Your Number Is Called, Be Ready

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I was watching the College Football National Championship  between Georgia and Alabama last night and wow, what a game. It was 20 to 7 at some point and I thought, “Man, is Alabama gonna lose this game?” Not if Nick Saban had anything to say about it.

In a surprise move, in the second half, Nick Saban replaced his starting quarter back Jalen Hurts with freshman Tua Tagovailoa. This is exactly what his team needed, a spark. 

The saying, “What got you here won’t get you to the next level” came to mind as I thought about the quarterback switch. It’s true. Jalen go them to the National Championship. Jalen was 25 and 2 entering this game, but he wasn’t going to win this game for Alabama.

Tua, had not taken a snap all year. He didn’t win any games. He just worked, practiced, and stayed ready.

I think of Biblical heroes who waited until their number was called, people like David. David was shepherd boy who had served faithfully As part of his preparation, he occasionally killed a lion and a bear. Then came the day his number was called.

The prophet Samuel shows up to David’s house and anoints David King of Israel. He is King in word but doesn’t have the position yet. Then, David’s number is called. He says, I’m ready to slay the Giant Goliath and take Israel to the next level.

Maybe you’re like David. You work hard. You’re a team player, but you are one of many. My advice, stay ready. Someone’s going to call your number.

College Football National Championship: Passion vs Process

 

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates by hoisting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 

Last night Alabama won their 16th National Championship against Clemson. It was the kind of game where I felt good about whoever won. Both were worthy of a championship.

Dabo Swinney is a heck of a coach and a motivator.

“BYOG, Bring Your Own Guts”

Nick Saban is a all about discipline and the process.

“It’s not the end result. Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship. Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you needed to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.”

This is not to say Dabo does not preach discipline but I do think his process was different and in the end I think process trumps passion.

Passion is exciting and fun to watch.

Process sounds boring.

Passion is thrilling.

Process is a grind.

Passion is palpable.

Process is inconspicuous (until you watch it unfold)

Passion can fade.

Process can improve.

Passion can get distracted.

Process stays the course.

Alabama’s coach has been poked fun at because he doesn’t smile much; yet, I see him smile at the end of every championship he’s played in.

Both coaches are passionate in their own way.

Both have a process.  One was better than the other.

If I had to choose between passion and process I would choose process.

You can add passion to your process but it’s much harder to add process to a passionate, flamboyance.

You can smile now because of your passion.

I will smile later, after I work the boring, not very sexy, process, while I’m holding the championship trophy.