I talk about a lot of different concepts, ideas, and pretty much, you name it here on my blog. But more specifically, I usually try to invoke a thought or an idea with my readers based on something that is on my mind. Also, I love to write about goal setting, marketing, sales, leadership, management, decision-making, staying motivated, etc.
From time to time you will see me post specifically about sports, but I will always tie it back to the central theme of what it is that I am passionate about and what I typically write about through my blog.
Today, I want to talk about the Cincinnati Bengals renewing Marvin Lewis’s contract for another two years. This topic will be discussed at length today and for the most part everyone will be on the same side of the argument. Which is, “Why are the Cincinnati Bengals retaining this coach for another two years?”
In case you don’t know who he is. Marvin Lewis is the head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. Here is his record in the last 15 years as the head coach.
- Wins: 125 Losses: 112 Ties: 3, Winning Percentage: .527%
- He has made the playoffs 7 times in those 15 years: Which is 46% of the time he has made the playoffs.
- He has never won any of the seven games they have made it to the playoffs.
- His best season was 12-4 and his worse was 4-12.
- The last two seasons both have been losing seasons with a win/loss record of more losses than wins.
I am not a football expert by any stretch of the imagination. My dad was a casual Cincinnati Bengals fan for all of his life, which meant on Sundays he would sometimes watch the games. He chose this team, because of where we lived in Louisville, Ky.
We can all look at the record above for this coach. I don’t know him and I don’t know anything about him as the man. I hear he is a great guy, he cares about his players, and does the right thing. I don’t think anybody can dislike a person that does all of these things. However, in the NFL, in leadership, in business, etc., the head person in charge is responsible for getting results and regardless if he is a good man and person, he is not getting results.
To tie this in with what this blog is typically discussing. Which is thought patterns of human beings. This example from the ownership from the Cincinnati Bengals is a perfect illustration of how human beings typically think and make decisions.
Very simply, the ownership is more comfortable getting what they are getting, instead of going through the pain of trying to find something else. And this is the human condition.
I don’t know what it takes to find another head coach. I am sure it requires a lot of effort, money, time, resources, etc. And then you run the risk of getting something worse even. Additionally I don’t know the contractual agreement either.
What I do know is that the ownership of the team is unwilling to go through the hard work and effort that it takes to get a better result than what they have been getting. They are unwilling to try something new with the hopes of getting a better result.
This the human condition. We are more comfortable with getting what we have always gotten, with the hopes we may get more, if we keep things the same. And we all know that in today’s world, if we do what we have always done, we will not only get the same results we have always gotten, but there is a bigger chance, we will get less in todays marketplace.
So today, if you are an NFL fan and are discussing how dumb of a move this is by the Cincinnati Bengals; I would challenge you with this.
Have you been willing to do what is hard in your own life to get a better result? Are you willing to go through the pain that it requires to become a better ________. If not, then I wouldn’t cast stones at the ownership of Cincinnati Bengals, if you yourself aren’t willing to do the same things you are criticizing them for.
In 2018, and in any year for that matter, be willing to do whatever it takes to get a better result in your life. It is going to take time, but never settle for mediocrity in anything in your life that you should and want to have success in. Whatever your definition is for winning is in your life, you should be willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how much it costs to get the best results for your life and in your business.
To your success and your future.