Motivational Mindset: The 2% Way
By Greg Bach
During Myron Rolle’s days at Florida State, he was introduced to a new way of thinking that changed his approach to playing football.
And forever altered his life.
Now, the Rhodes Scholar, former NFL safety and current neurosurgery resident at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital encourages young athletes, coaches, parents – anyone looking to perform at higher levels and achieve more – to embrace this mindset, too.
“The 2 Percent Way is this mindset that I learned from Mickey Andrews, my defensive coordinator at Florida State,” says Rolle, author of the new book appropriately titled THE 2% WAY. “He always challenged us to get 2 percent better every single day in practice in our stamina, in our ability to high-point the ball, in disguising our blitz packages, in whatever we were working on.”
The daily, post-practice routine involved retreating to the locker-room, where Andrews would evaluate each player’s performance while soliciting feedback from teammates.
“He would ask everyone ‘Did Myron Rolle get 2 percent better today?’ and the guys on the team would vote,” Rolle says.
It was that mindset of always striving, never settling, and relishing the small steps forward that eventually lead to big results over time.
“It was accountability that was given to us as athletes,” Rolle says. “And so I extrapolated that ideology to my life, so that any chance encounter I had, any book I read, any video I watch, any conference I attend, any person I meet, I want to extract 2 percent from that meeting or that moment and add it to my own journey. This 2 percent way is a mindset of achieving large goals by breaking things down into small pieces and taking steps every single day and having those small victories and small wins. And when you look back a month from now, six months from now, a year from now, you can say I’ve improved, I’ve gotten that much better by taking those small, realistic steps every day.”
Since young athletes often get down on themselves when they don’t experience immediate success and reach lofty goals, Rolle encourages coaches to help them wrap their arms around this mindset as they navigate their season.
By focusing on the smaller steps required for progress each day, and celebrating those moments, athletes become immersed in the process and are more likely to enjoy the journey toward improvement.
As Rolle writes in his book: The system works because it’s a practical way to change your life for the better. You don’t have to improve yourself overnight. If you improve yourself 2 percent at a time, you’ll make strides without feeling overwhelmed.
POWER OF SPORTS
Born in the Bahamas, Rolle’s family moved to the United States when he was three.
Rolle was active from the beginning and played everything.
“I never specialized,” he says.
He enjoyed basketball, baseball, volleyball, football and track and field. His father taught him football and they watched the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes throughout his childhood.
By the time he entered high school his play on the football field was turning a lot of heads and grabbing the attention of college football coaches nationwide.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops offered him a scholarship when he was just a freshman in high school, and soon after offers began rolling in from Notre Dame, Purdue, and others, who coveted his talents.
“Sports were incredibly important for me unequivocally and allowed me to develop traits and characteristics that are helping me be a successful physician today,” he says. “There’s communication and how do you communicate with people who may not look like you or come from the same background as you; there’s teamwork, and how do you go about including everyone in the collective goal of the team; there’s overcoming adversity; mitigating pressure; and preparing.”
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