“We are what repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”

In his essay “What It Takes To Be Number One”, Vince Lombardi explains that “Winning is a habit…” He says that in order to win “…,you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.”

At Navajo Lacrosse, we agree that excellence and winning are a habits and that those habits can be taught and learned– not bought. We know that if becoming great at lacrosse were as simple as being in the company of a great player, more athletes would be excellent simply by “contact.”

Throughout history, young impressionable athletes have always looked at the great players and dreamed of being just like them. Most never even realize or are told what it is that makes the great ones are great. If we Google “What is the starting point of all achievement (success)?” we’ll get over 63 million hits with “DESIRE” dominating the search. The “thing” that the great ones have, whether it be in sports, education or business, that helps drive them to be great, is the desire to be excellent at what they do.


“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

~ Paul “Bear” Bryant

How can a coach impact a young athletes desire to be great?

Trying and failing, or worse; being punished for failing can diminish the desire anyone has to succeed. The most successful athletes have failed numerous times during their career, all the way back to their youth. But consider this. In professional baseball, if a player bats .300 for their career, they are considered one of the greatest to have ever played and are voted into the Hall of Fame- yet they tried and failed 70% of the time2x as much as they succeeded.

Michael Jordan missed over 9,000 shots in his career, including 26 game winning shots, but is one of the greatest to have ever played basketball. Thomas Edison attempted to perfect the incandescent lightbulb 10,000 times before he succeeded. Oprah Winfrey was fired as a television news anchor for being “unfit for TV.”  “Failing” is part of life and our greatest teacher if we allow them to be.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”

 ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Quality coaching understands and embraces how “failing” plays into the development of young athletes and teaches young players not to be afraid to try and fail- that failure is really nothing more than a “temporary defeat” which only becomes permanent when we quit trying.

There is unanimous agreement that we can profit from failure. As a result, we profit from failures when we learn from them and that the only “badf” mistake we make, is the one we don’t learn from. Having a strong desire allows us to overcome failure and not only continue to practice, but to go beyond what the average person is willing to do in pursuit of the excellence that Aristotle spoke about.

We at Navajo Lacrosse believe that our approach to instructing and motivating young athletes is superior to any other training they will receive from any other program. We are committed to treating our players with the same level of respect that we expect from them. We know that athletes compete to succeed and believe in rewarding success, not punishing failures.

Our beliefs, philosophy and techniques are tried and true and have been in practice for thousands of years.  Success leaves clues.  Success can be duplicated……..if you are willing to commit and dedicate yourself to it! 

THIS is what makes us different!