Fifeen years ago, Randy Gravitt knew he wanted to do something different with his life, but he wasn’t sure what. He decided to reach out to leadership coach, and former guest of the podcast, Dan Webster.
Dan Webster, who Randy met 25 years ago at a leadership conference, helped Randy complete a life plan.
This set Randy on his current path in life. He is currently a leadership coach and likes to focus on attitude, chasing greatness and what he calls the 5 to 9.
Randy Gravitt joined Noah and Bjorn for this week’s podcast to talk about his career, how he became passionate about leadership and what he thinks are important qualities for a leader.
Randy Believes a Positive Attitude is One of the Most Important Qualities a Leader Can Have
“The circumstances oftentimes are beyond your control. Your attitude is totally in your control”--Randy Gravitt
25 years ago, Randy took over as head coach of a high school basketball team that hadn’t won any games the year prior. The athletic director hiring Randy told him that he honestly didn’t care if the team won any games. There was a culture of hopelessness and negativity.
However, as the leader of the team, this wasn't something Randy was okay with. Randy believes that having a positive attitude, especially in sports, is one of the most important qualities for a leader to have.
While Randy says that a lot of the time circumstances are out of your control, your attitude is always under your control.
Something Randy challenges the leaders he teaches, whether they are coaches or in the business world, is to dominate the controllable. When you dominate what you can control, which includes your attitude, you are able to reach your fullest potential.
His first year coaching the basketball team, they won three games. Four years later, they were in the state championship game, beating teams along the way that had more talent but couldn’t match their optimism and belief in themselves.
While it can be relatively easy for a coach or leader to control their own attitude and level of optimism, affecting the optimism of players or employees can be much more difficult.
On the podcast, Randy talks about how to tackle this challenge and accomplish it.
Randy Focuses on Chasing Greatness and Redefining What Greatness Means
“So many times, we think the person is great is the one who has the trophy, but that is not a Biblical definition of greatness”--Randy Gravitt
As a former athlete and coach, Randy admits that he is competitive and loves to win. However, something that he isn’t going to let happen is having the scoreboard define his sense of worth.
Randy says that people often define others as being great based on how many trophies or victories they have. However, this isn’t what truly matters.
Greatness, according to Randy and the Bible, is achieving at the highest level possible based on the abilities you were given.
While victories and trophies can show someone who has achieved at the highest level possible for them, others just simply don’t have the level of skill to achieve this.
However, a person and leader who reaches true greatness doesn’t just focus on reaching their highest potential. In the episode, Randy talks about the next level of greatness and how to achieve it.
Randy Believes That Truly Great Leadership is Achieved in the 5 to 9
“If you win at work and lose at home, I think you still lose”--Randy Gravitt
Many people think the most important part of the day is from 9 to 5 - the workday. A lot of people feel that this is when you make your true impact in life and when leadership is displayed.
While it’s true that this is the time most people will see you, your work and leadership on display, Randy believes there is a much more important time of the day in peoples’ lives.
Randy says that 5 to 9, the time out of work, is the most important time in life. This is the time when you develop and perfect your leadership so that you can bring it into work.
Randy feels that people don’t pay enough attention to this time period in their life. On top of giving the time to perfect leadership, the 5 to 9 also provides people the time to focus on things that really matter: their family, friends and relationship with God. Randy feels strongly that if you win in your life at work but lose in your life at home, then you’re still losing in life.
Randy feels that to achieve true greatness, people need to be present in all moments of their life; especially the 5 to 9.
What is God Teaching You?
Randy talks about so many valuable things in his appearance on the podcast.
Many people feel that they are victims to their circumstances and fall into an attitude of negativity when faced with difficult situations. This can be hard to overcome.
However, our attitude is something we can always control. Our attitude is also one of the most important aspects of our life, especially if we are leaders.
If we are a leader, we often set the scene for those in our life who will follow our lead. By remaining optimistic, we are able to make the best of our situation and continue on our path to achieving greatness.
An easy way to maintain a positive attitude is by developing and maintaining a close relationship with God. When things feel overwhelming, we can lean on God. By praying and reading his word we can find comfort. In addition, we will have the reassurance of God always being with us and guiding our life.
Something we should also do is challenge our perception of what greatness is.
Winning trophies and being the best at what we do is fun. However, this is not the true indication or measurement of greatness. True, Biblical greatness is working hard to achieve at the highest level we are able to.
Maybe this isn’t better than those around us, but does that really matter? We should focus on being the best we can be and glorifying God by using the talents he gave us.
On top of this, true greatness is helping others around us achieve at the highest level possible for them and holding them accountable when they aren’t putting in the work to glorify God with their gifts.
A great real-life example of this is runners. While runners are competing against other runners, they’re mainly competing against themselves. Sometimes those who come in second, third or even last are the happiest at the end of a race. Why? Because they broke a personal record and are getting closer to achieving at the highest level possible for them.
Another thing a lot of us need to spend more time focusing on is our life outside of work.
We all want to perform to the best of our abilities while at work or at school. However, the place where we practice and perfect our leadership abilities and who we are is outside of work. This is where we grow as people.
It can also be easy to fall into the pressures that accompany a job or school, and we can feel like this is the most important part of our life.
A job is certainly important, but the most important aspects of our lives are our relationships with our family, friends and God.
When we’re at home, we need to be emotionally and mentally present. There are so many stories of people who have high paying, prestigious jobs that have an unfulfilling life at home and an unfulfilling relationship with God. As many of us know, these people often feel unhappy with their life and the direction it has taken.
Are you letting your circumstances define your attitude? How do you define greatness?
Are you spending time focusing on your life outside of work? Are you developing as a leader and person during your 5 to 9?
To hear the conversation that Randy Gravitt had with Noah and Bjorn about his relationship with former podcast guest Dan Webster, his faith and the role it plays in his life, his views on leadership and much more, check out “The Sweat Room: Sports and Faith” episode 53.
“The Sweat Room: Sports and Faith” is a podcast based out of Hamburg, New York, that was started in May of 2020 to discuss faith and its intersection with sports. Noah Corsten and Bjorn Webb co-host the podcast, interviewing both past and current athletes and coaches about how faith plays a role in their life. “The Sweat Room” is a part of Watermark Wesleyan Church’s Sports & Fitness Ministry. The podcast can be found on the website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and wherever you stream your podcasts.