Character Attributes for Success (Part 6)

Organized, Loyal, & Humble

“Did he just step back?”  This was what Panthers’ fans were asking in unison on Sunday night.  Facebook, Twitter, and just about every other sports coverage medium responded the same way… sheer disbelief.

The newly crowned 2015 MVP, Cam Newton, fumbled the ball.  That was bad, but it was his reaction that has everyone talking.  Instead of diving on the ball, he stepped back.  Instead of going after it, he backed off.  Instead of jumping into the chaos, he played it safe.  

Most people (even the announcers) believe he made a split second decision that was, well… the wrong decision.  Any other game, it probably would have been the smart decision, but not this game.  This was the Super Bowl.  This was the big one, and instead of putting it all on the line,
Cam chose to avoid potential injuries.  

So what happened?  How does this apply to character refined leadership?

Simple, you have to make the decision before you face it.

Cam was not prepared for the fumble.  He was forced to make a snap judgement.  It could have gone either way, but if he had been mentally prepared then he would have made the right call.  Snap decisions are hard.  It’s best to avoid them when possible by preparing ahead of time.  This fits right into this week’s first attribute for success, ORGANIZED.  Organization is about setting your priorities ahead of time.  You have to know what you are aiming at if you want to hit the target.

There is no guarantee that Cam wouldn’t have gotten hurt if he had chosen to dive after the ball, however he would not have regretted the decision.  As leaders, we must know what we will do before the situation arises.


16) Organized – Prioritize, set, & achieve goals

The only difference between a mob and a trained army is organization.

– Calvin Coolidge


17) Loyal – Devoted to good people and good ideas

Respect is earned, Honesty is appreciated, Trust is Gained, and Loyalty is returned

– Unknown


18) Humble – Think of yourself less and others more

As long as you are proud you cannot know God.  A proud man is always looking down on things and people:  and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.

– C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


 Application Questions  

  • What is the first thing you should work on tomorrow?
  • When was someone loyal to you?  Describe how it made you feel.   
  • What skill are you really good at?  How can you use this strength to help others?

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