New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is already thought of as perhaps the greatest of all time. It’s too soon to officially make that call since he’s still coaching, but he’s put together nearly two decades of excellence and won five Super Bowls. And he’s not done yet.
Recently, he was asked what he had left to do, and his answer really explained why he’s so consistently successful.
“I’d like to go out and have a good practice today,” Belichick said. “That would be at the top of the list right now.”
It sounds, at first, like a nothing answer. Belichick is famous for saying almost nothing in his press conferences. He also has a very dry sense of humor. This could just be a joke.
But it’s not a joke and it’s not nothing. That’s his actual mindset. He focuses on every single step. Each day, he just wants a good practice. Each Sunday, he wants a good game. Over and over and over.
When you add all that up, you get Super Bowl rings and Pro Bowl players and the best resume any coach has put on paper in a long time.
But Belichick knows you can’t focus on those things. Sure, he wants to get quarterback Tom Brady that unprecedented sixth Super Bowl ring. But he doesn’t start each day thinking about the end goal. He starts by thinking about each little step, and that’s why the Patriots are so often the ones standing when the dust of another NFL season finally settles.