Goals Create Motivation – Action Creates Progress

The small things we focus on can deliver the big things we dream about. This is the very point University of Dayton Head Basketball Coach Archie Miller made during an interview with Mike Hartsock of WHIO TV.

Hartsock: Do you still take your guys back to last year? “O.K. guys, remember what we had last year, what we went through last year?”

Coach Miller:  I think more so the path that we took, how we handled the path, not so much where the end result got, but… how much better did we get from February 22nd to March 15th… It’s finding a way to get your team to stay in the moment, of talking about, “Hey look! This was the path we were on. This is where we were a year ago men…think about how far we went; we can do it, too!”… Not so much about, “Do you want to do this again, do you want to do that again? Remember the little things that got us there.

– Archie Miller, Head Coach of Dayton Flyers Men’s Basketball Program; Broadcast, 3/1/2015

People are motivated by big dreams and goals if they believe the goals are possible for them. That’s a good start. But having inspiring goals is not enough. Goals are the measurable parts of a dream. Dreams become real from the execution of the right, moment-by-moment actions. Too much attention on the dream can distract us from doing the actions that produce the outcomes we expect.

Successful people know how to leverage the motivation of a dream to create the actions that get results. People who feel the high of an inspiring dream and consistently fail to take the necessary actions are adrenalin junkies.  From this interview, I conclude that Coach Miller understands this principle and leads his team accordingly.

 “The small things we focus on
can deliver the big things we dream about.”
— Clancy Cross

Good luck to the Dayton Flyers, Men and Women, in their upcoming tournaments!

These Flyers Really Fly!

Dayton is the birthplace of aviation — it is also the home of the Dayton Flyers. This season the University of Dayton men’s basketball team is giving new meaning to their nickname.

After today’s victory over St. Bonaventure, Coach Brian Gregory’s boys are sporting an 18-2 overall record, 4-1 in conference play and just a half game out of first place in the Atlantic 10 conference standings. They continue to get votes for the Top 25. But, soaring in the standings and flirting with the upper stratosphere of the Division I rankings is not the reason.

If you’ve seen these guys play, you know what I’m talking about. These guys really can fly! First, there’s London Warren who was tagged “The Jacksonville Jet” because of the way he flies down the court. Fellow point guard Rob Lowery, also with great speed, literally went horizontal today, soaring over the scorers’ table and the bench before landing almost in the laps of the first row of spectators. Next, there is senior Charles Little, who can jump out of the gym with his 41-inch vertical leap. Freshman guard Chris Johnson, Dayton’s number two rebounder, launched himself above the fray today to pull down eight rebounds.

I’m just getting warmed up. With a third of the regular season remaining, Dayton has already obliterated the school’s season dunk record and they added nine more today against the Bonnies, including five during a 2:37 span at the start of the second half. Junior Marcus Johnson started the show with his familiar one-handed jam on a breakaway that began with a Chris Wright block. Then it was time for the aerial acrobatics of Top Gun Chris Wright. Without the benefit of a flight plan Wright raced down the court looking for the ally-oop from London Warren.  With the ball on its way, Wright launched himself, grabbed the rock,  and finished the mission with a powerful jam, much to the delight of 13,408 fans. About a minute later, he repeated the same stunt in crowded airspace causing the UD Arena to erupt. The Dayton Air Show needs to book this guy.

“We talk all of the time at the house when you see me running just throw it up and I’ll get it there. The worse the oop is, the better it looks.” — Chris Wright,  Source: <www.DaytonFlyers.com>

It’s too early to make postseason predictions. But, here’s what I know so far. These guys are extremely athletic and entertaining. (A halftime show with the Bud Light Daredevils would be an anticlimax.) To a man, they play hard-nosed defense, getting steals, controlling the boards, diving for loose balls, and blocking shots. The result of their tenacity is consistently holding their opponents below their average. The Flyers have been winning games with defense!

“There was no doubt the first 30 minutes of the game, our intensity was really, really good. We did a good job of getting the loose balls early and we caused a lot of offense. I was pleased with our guys and the energy level they played with this afternoon.” — Brian Gregory,  Source: <www.DaytonFlyers.com>

The team is deep. Coach Gregory plays 11-12 guys every game and each one has shown he can contribute. The Flyers are taking care of business at home, finding ways to win on the road, and outlasting their opponents in the close games. In fact, winning the close ones is becoming their trademark. I’ll abstain from mentioning any liabilities and leave that for others on the discussion boards. I just love watching these guys play and that’s all I need to say.

Go Flyers!

— Clancy Cross