“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
― Charles R. Swindoll
The 90-10rule changed my prospective about how I see the world. I discovered this rule while coaching varsity girl’s basketball. We were in the midst of a 6 game losing streak and in all 6 games we had the lead going into the fourth quarter. The moral of the team was terrible and it seemed that the team was now looking for ways to lose.
After reading the quote I cut up 12 pieces of athletic tape and wrote 90-10 on each piece and taped these to the seats on the bench. During the pregame speech I read the quote and explained what this quote meant to us a team. If a turnover was made there is nothing you can do about that, but you can get back on defense and prevent a basket. If you put your head down even for a moment you have compounded the mistake.
The girl’s started taping their wrists before tip-off and writing 90-10 on the tape. When something went wrong during a game you could hear them yelling out 90-10. This meant forgot about what happened and take charge of what you can control, the moment at hand. From this game forward the 90-10 rule was our mantra. We went on to win the district championship and win one playoff game. This change in attitude was contagious and spread throughout our entire athletic program. I knew an impact had been made when I saw athlete’s were getting 90-10 on their letter jackets.
This quote completely changed my attitude in life. NO matter what the day holds I don’t worry about things that are out of my control. As each day evolves I have my list of things that need to be accomplished and of course it never goes exactly as planned, but when something changes my plans for the day I just move forward and tackle the task at hand.
How can the 90-10 rule change your life?