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Lou Holtz, Notre Dame, and Making Dreams Come True

Lou Holtz is considered one of the greatest college football coaches in the history of the sport. He was inspiring, intelligent, and a masterful coach who strove to tap into everyone's ultimate potential. We recently stumbled across a very special set of rules that he once laid out.

The rules are designed to help anyone achieve their goals. Here they are:

1) Decide what you want to achieve and the date you will achieve it by.
"I've always felt it was extremely important to set goals for yourself. After the 1967 season, our entire staff was fired at South Carolina where I was an assistant. My wife bought me a book entitled The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. So I sat down and made a list of all the things I still wanted to accomplish in life, and there were 107 of them. Some of them involved traveling, some of them were a little crazy, some I'll never reach - I don't know if I'm ever going to learn a foreign language. I'm not going to be a scratch golfer. Some of them have happened, like appearing on The Tonight Show and being invited for dinner at the White House. But my life changed after I made that list. I think I've accomplished 95 of them. My wife disagreed about the list, though. She thought I should have added something about getting a job. I've been amazed at how many people have wanted to talk about my list over the years. I can't believe more people don't have a similar list of goals. Some of them are personal things-like ones pertaining to being a father or those of a financial nature. They're just something to shoot for-to experience. That's why I say to our athletes and my children - be a participant, don't be a spectator. Do things. Just decide what you want to do and then ask the question, 'What's important now?' Now what do I have to do to accomplish such and such? And that will tell you the action you have to take. It's not a wish list, it's a set of things I wanted to accomplish and it really hasn't changed that much." - Lou Holtz

2) Know what talents you must acquire to do this. Gain, learn, and study these talents.

3) Consider who you have to work with to achieve it. Teamwork is key.
"I don't know how you can be involved in anything and not care. I hate to be around people who don't care and when they don't care, they don't try to do things the right way. The greatest thing in the world is to be around people who genuinely care about what you are doing - there's enthusiasm and positiveness. I don't care it it's important to anybody else, as long as it's important to those who are involved in it." - Lou Holtz

4) Determine what problems you must overcome to achieve this. Don't be scared by these problems. Treat them as obstacles you can overcome. 

5) Have a plan to share and reference.

6) Share with others why they will benefit.