Spead the Word


In this five-part series, I will share with you some helpful tips moving from a life of success to  a life of significance, as described in John Maxwell’s newest book, “Intentional Living” .  Take the first step in applying these principles to your team, whether on the sports field or in corporate America.

If you ask 20 coaches the question, What makes your team successful?, you will likely receive 20 different answers. Over the years, I have encountered both successful and unsuccessful sports seasons. Many times, there was a different factor that led to the team’s success.

Tip #4: Lose Your Attachment to Outcomes.
Early in my career as a college soccer coach, I was obsessed with the outcomes. If we won, I was doing a great job coaching; when we lost, I questioned myself and my ability to lead. What was I doing wrong? How can I fix this? Does my team trust me?

About halfway through my 20 year career, I had a wake-up call. I was given the opportunity to start a new collegiate soccer program. With some hard work and a little luck, I was able to recruit two players (twin brothers) who knew how to win. The fact is they never had a losing season in all their years of playing. That first year we went 4-16 and I thought I was a total failure.

How was I going to recruit players to play for a losing program? A month into the recruiting season, I starting getting calls from the former teammate of the “Twins.” The wanted to come play with their teammate and for me. You see the “Twins” told their buddies about the experience and the value of playing for me. It was not about the outcome in terms of wins and losses—it was about the experiences.

Adding value to others. I started focusing on the players and adding value to how we approached everything. We took a new approach: “Cougar Soccer, Building Men of Integrity.” By the way, we won the Championship the next 3 years.

Worrying about the outcomes is no way to live. Focus on the people you work with and adding value to their experience. It might be your employees, your co-workers, or your customers. Put your effort into making their experience better and the outcomes will come.

Are you ready to invest in yourself so you can punch through to the next level of life?  We all have the potential to influence, drive behavior and empower others.  VOLTA can help you, your team or your business close the gap between good and great. 

About the Author Christian DeVries

As the founder and CEO of VOLTA Sports and Leadership, DeVries has developed the premier coaching, recruiting and sports leadership program called, AOS – The Athlete of Significance. The AOS Platform is a comprehensive eLearning platform for coaches, student-athletes, and parents who are engaged in, or are getting ready to start, the college recruiting process. The AOS Program is not your standard college advisory program. AOS will go beyond just placing a student-athlete in front of college coaches. AOS will help the student-athletes prepare for the ultimate goal of presenting their significance to the coaches.