Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments”. This Jim Rohn quote it true in all aspects of life. It starts as early as elementary math. At first you can come up with your own system of figuring out most problems, as long as it works for you to get the right answer. But the more and more complicated math gets the more you have to use a specific formula in order to get the right answer. This formula requires discipline to go through the right process each and every time to arrive at the right outcome. Really, discipline is the main foundation to accel at anything you do. It really hit home watching this series between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers. Sports is about discipline, plain and simple. We all know that. The Blazers are down 3 games in a best of 7 series and in these last 2 games they have had double digit leads heading into the final period and yet they still lost both of them. Why? Discipline. It's not about scoring, it's not about defense and hustle.. it's about CONSISTENTLY doing the right things. Staying disciplined enough through the entire game or using the same formula through the entire equation, so to speak.
If you look at last years football team, the results scream " lack of discipline". Why couldn't we finish off Texas Tech quickly in football? Why is it we spent the whole year screaming about how we can’t play a complete game? Yeah we played well at times and for quarters but we could never play an entire game of sound football for FOUR quarters. Why? Discipline! Some of that could be put on the players but when it happens all year... that's coaching.
What I am very interested in seeing is not necessarily just a bunch of W's this year but I want to see if these coaches can teach the right way to go about things. They have our players disciplined enough not just to do it correct for 2 of the 4 quarters but make discipline a way of life. Even in the little things things that it takes to be successful on and off the field. That's why when a bunch of kids on a team get in trouble for off the field issues or can't show up on time, it makes a huge statement. It says the team is not disciplined. So either the wrong kids are being recruited or the coaching staff is doing a poor job demanding discipline. That's where I want to see the change bc its the cumulative effect of all those little things that leads to the big achievements. So far it seems like Neal Browns staff is demanding accountability and demanding discipline. Will it show up on the field? Maybe not 100% this year but the process seems to be starting and I can't wait to see our Mountaineers not only playing complete games but complete seasons in this #NewEra.