Tony Dungy, retired head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl–winning Indianapolis Colts, guides us on a year long journey of faith with The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge. The Daily Challange contains 365 reflections from the #1 New York Times bestselling author on living an “uncommon life” of integrity, honoring your family and friends, creating a life of real significance and impact, and walking with the Lord. “We tend to measure success in terms of wins and losses, but there are so many people out there leading uncommon lives by serving and mentoring,” said Dungy.
In The Uncommon Life Challenge, January 1 begins with Core. Each week that follows offers insight on Core. Each devotion stands on its own, so no matter what date you begin, whether it’s January 1 or the middle of year, you can jump right in. If you miss a day, you don’t have to worry about playing catch up, just pick up on the next day.
January 1 is core, January 2 is family, and the rest of th week follows with friends, potential, mission, influence, and faith. Each devotion includes Scripture, a personal story, and an application or action to implement based on what you’ve just read. In the book introduction the authors state, “This isn’t just a “read-it-and-you’re-done” type of devotional.”
Dungy’s memoir, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, shot to the top spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2007. Quiet Strength is one of the bestselling sports-related titles in history. His second book, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, reached No. 2 on the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2009 and has sold more than 300,000 copies, while his third book, The Mentor Leader, also reached No. 2 on the New York Times list in 2011.
The son of educators, Tony Dungy has been widely recognized for his teaching and mentoring style of coaching. He is convinced that the way to bring out the best in an individual or team is to show them how to succeed—by example and through step-by-step teaching.
A quarterback at the University of Minnesota from 1973-76, Dungy joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, making the squad as an undrafted free agent. As a defensive back for the Steelers, he was a member of the squad that captured Super Bowl XIII. Dungy went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers in 1979. He is one of only three individuals to win a Super Bowl as a head coach and a player.
Dungy became the first African-American to coach a Super Bowl champion when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in Super Bowl XLI (41) in Miami on Feb. 4, 2007. Because of their deep friendship and shared faith, Dungy and Bears’ head coach Lovie Smith received widespread attention.
“After winning the Super Bowl, I heard from so many people who were excited about our victory. I wanted to tell each one of them that it wasn’t the victory, but the journey, and the lessons learned along that journey that really matter. And the biggest lesson I learned was that God’s hand is not only in the victories, but in the disappointments as well.”
If you are looking for a way to jump start the new year, The Uncommon Life Challenge is for you. The devotional is a great way to start each day on a positive note and it makes a wonderful companion to journal writing. At the end of the day you can revisit each day’s devotional and reflect on how you put it into practice. Taking The Uncommon Life challenge is a great way to bring self-discipline of your mind and spirit into the new year.
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