• ‘It’s what we do now that counts’

    September 18th, 2012 | BY: | IN: Sports

    Sunday turned into quite a special day for us.

    It was our  home opener, CenturyLink Field was rocking, the sun was shining and our guys came to play. In every phase, our players brought it in the way they know how and the way we’ve come to expect from them. Offense, defense and special teams were all clicking, and it was a fun 27-7 win for us in front of the raucous 12th Man.

    But that game doesn’t mean a thing to us now. After our “Tell the Truth Monday” meetings (which happen to be today because we play on Monday night next week), we won’t discuss the victory anymore. It’s in the past. We’ve moved on.

    Because it’s what we do now that counts.

    It’s a discipline to not let the past have an impact on your present. We’ve got to live it out every game, practice, week. No matter whether what just happened was positive or negative, you’ve got to let it go and perform in the moment. It allows you to play free and unhindered by judgments based on the past.

    This is something we had to do last week following our season-opening loss. We had to leave it behind us and not go out this past Sunday with that stuck in our minds. We needed to play how we were capable of playing — without the past weighing on us — and that’s exactly what we did.

    So now the challenge this week is the same as last week, even though we’re coming off of a win instead of a loss. We’ve got to leave last Sunday behind and turn our entire focus to performing how we know how to perform come Monday night at home.

    After all, it’s what we do now that counts.

3 Comments »

  1. Comment by Carla Valadez — September 18, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I hav followed and watched as u coach for years. Love your style and your rapport wit players and fans. You are due coach. Team looked really good Sunday. I look forward to watching seahawks get stronger and more powerful this season. Gooood luck guys! Xoxo luv u coach! P.s. Pleeeze kic eagle butt! Ha

  2. Comment by David Herbert — September 20, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    Coach Carroll,
    Thank you for taking the time to share this. Your comments about leaving last week’s game behind reminds me of Phil Zimbardo’s (Stanford) work on time perception. Zimbardo researched for decades and concluded that a person’s positive or negative perception of the past, present, and future strongly determines their happiness and life boundaries. There is an excellent video on Youtube “Perceptions of Time” that explains the concepts.
    I am excited for this season and hope you continue to share your thoughts here. Thank you,
    David

  3. Comment by Suzette — September 21, 2012 @ 2:07 am

    Coach, I love the way you think, I can’t remember being this excited for a Seahawk season. We the 12th man will be louder and prouder than ever before. Can’t wait for Monday!! Go Hawks!

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