Leo Long was something of a phenomenon. After attaining All American honors on the Track & Field team at Stanford University in the Javelin, he started coaching at Los Altos High School in Northern California, where he built a Track & Field dynasty, winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) championships every single year he coached – over 20 years! Los Altos High, my alma mater, won the California State Championship in Track & Field in 1970. Coach Long had athletes that not only set state records but national records. I was lucky to know him rather well as he lived on my street, and his son, Doug, was my best friend at the time.
Coach Long often gave his athletes this charge: “Explode to greatness!” It was his way of admonishing and encouraging his athletes to rise to the occasion and demonstrate the moral courage necessary to exceed past performance levels.
And if Coach Long were here today (he died a few years ago) he would urge all of us to explode to greatness. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that:
Explode to greatness, not to mediocrity!
That means your goals should be profound. Your accomplishments should be something that amaze you. Your expectations should be high. And your commitment to your purpose must be unyielding.
Trust me: if you do those things, you may well make 2024 your best year ever.
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