ABOVE THE LINE
Are You Above The Line? Seven Core Principles of DFI
6: LEADERSHIP IS A MINDSET FIRST,
A SKILL SET SECOND
"We tell our players, 'Everybody has big dreams. And we want to help to help you fulfill them. But if your habits don't reflect your dreams and goals, you have to either change your habits or change your dreams.'"
- J DAVID MILLER, FOUNDER
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Best-Selling Author - Hall of Fame Coach
Our DFI coaches and teachers with NFL experience remind our players all the time of their stories and how they got there. The message is clear: "This could be you. All you need to do is work, train and live Above the Line. Be as fully committed to getting better as the guys whose pictures you are looking at."
The more people you're around who take ownership of living Above the Line, the more loyal, committed and successful you'll be. We all need Positive Peer Pressure, which comes from being around others who are pushing you to get better. If you are going through the motions, staying in the same place, there's a good chance somebody is going right past you.
You can't get caught up in what others think. Every great leader you've ever studied or met has demonstrated their own unique ability to think for themselves, and do the right thing accordingly.
DFI encourages its players to think deeply, originally, and often, bravely. Leadership is a mindset first, and a skillset second. If you don't think like a leader, you won't act like one. The only time we mention championships is on the first day of training camp and orientation, and three months later when we have teams playing for one.
Winning is a DFI lifestyle. And the first championship of the day is making your bed..