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Celebrate the Small Victories

12 May

I saw this recently in Men’s Health, and really liked it.  It further resonated with me because of a recent conversation I had with one of my daughters.

A nutritionist and author offered “life” tips that were not necessarily limited to nutrition, including the title of this post.  His grandfather used to say, “Life is full of challenges, and when something good happens, you should pause to enjoy it.”  His grandfather’s advice reminds him to celebrate the small victories that lead to larger ones.

While I believe it’s important to keep your eye on the big picture, it’s equally important to remember that it’s the day-to-day, step-by-step successes that enable the big victory.  Ultimately, there are no big victories without practice, preparation, and a fair amount of small victories.  Take a moment to appreciate and enjoy the smaller accomplishments, along the way.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Just a few years ago, my youngest daughter was a basketball player on our local high school team.  She was fortunate to play on a team that earned and experienced a good deal of success during her playing days.  She and her teammates were focused on achieving goals like winning a conference and district championship.  In talking with her over the years (and before I ever saw the Men’s Health piece), I encouraged her to take a moment after each victory and reflect upon how special that particular moment was.  I didn’t necessarily want her to spend a lot of time dwelling on what soon became the past (good or bad), I just wanted her to absorb, cherish, and learn from the moment because I know how fleeting success can be — and I certainly know how quickly time passes.  I also know that, sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the “end justifies the means” mentality.  Championships may or may not happen, but you can’t always let that define your season.  Additionally, although the core of her team played together for three years, there was no guarantee that they would replicate the success of any given season.

Take a moment to savor your daily accomplishments, no matter how small they seem.  Develop an appreciation of the small victories and their cumulative effect on your larger victories and accomplishments.

We may never pass this way again.” – Seals and Crofts

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Embrace the Journey

8 Mar

e00010819“The journey is the reward.” – Steve Jobs

We all have goals.  Long-term goals, short-term goals – things we aspire to accomplish or achieve.

Some of the things to which we look forward are “milestones” – like turning 21 – and don’t require much preparation.  It’s just a matter of time.

Most of our goals, though, require some planning, preparation, and effort.  There’s a process – a journey – involved in the eventual achievement of these goals.

And, although achievement may be the pinnacle of the process, the journey is the enriching, character-building part.

In sports, it’s not winning a championship that makes you better; it’s all the time you devoted to daily practice and preparation as a player and teammate.

In school, it’s not the high grade on your test or report card that makes you better; it’s all the time you spent doing homework and studying – learning – along the way.

At work, it’s not the promotion – or the raise – that makes you better; it’s all the work you put into your job – your daily commitment to excellence as an employee, entrepreneur, supervisor, or co-worker.

If life, it’s not where you get that makes you better; it’s what you did to arrive at that point.

Accomplishment is great, but the self-improvement that occurs along the way is the real prize.

Embrace the journey.  Enjoy the ride.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

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Don’t Confuse Motion and Progress

11 Apr

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“Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden

Some players — and coaches — are enamored with “hustle” — bodies flying all over the court or field with reckless abandon.  To some, it looks like a lot of effort is being expended.  Unfortunately, as I observe scholastic sports, much of this activity lacks purpose… there’s no rhyme or reason to it.  Some of it is nothing more than a lot of frenetic energy that, ultimately, doesn’t accomplish much.

Whether you’re practicing, playing, or training… have a goal.  Understand what it is you want (need) to accomplish and what is required of you to achieve the desired result.  Think situationally about the “why,” “what,” and “how.”  Your practice, game-play, and training should be purposeful.

For example, when you practice ball-handling and shooting, don’t just randomly dribble and throw the ball at the basket.  Work on your “off” hand, and practice moves that help you create your own shot (hesitation, step-back, etc.).

When you take batting practice, don’t just swing the bat to make contact.  Practice bunting, hitting behind the runner, hitting to the opposite field, and hitting the ball in the air (sac fly).

When you train, don’t just do random exercises.  Perform exercises and drills that are aligned with your goals, and reflect the demands and movement patterns of your sport(s) — whether they be strength, speed, power, agility, etc.

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Keep Your Foot on the Gas

30 Mar

510-149[1]Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

Keep Moving Forward

Keeping your foot on the gas pedal doesn’t mean that you have to “floor it” at all times.

Whether your journey is taking you “uphill” or “downhill,” at any given time, the key is to maintain your progress.  Sustain your forward momentum.

Maintain Your Focus

It’s easy to focus when the sun is shining.  We have a tendency to get distracted on cloudy, rainy days.

A little advance planning and preparation goes a long way toward keeping you on task.

Don’t Quit

Some days are going to be easier than others.  Some days aren’t.  There will be adversity and there will be obstacles.

There will be days when you want go give up.  Don’t.

Coasting = Complacency

Avoid the temptation to coast.  Sometimes, it’s easy to be content with the progress you’re making and ride your momentum.  Maybe you feel that you’ve earned and deserve a day off (and, you’re probably right).  That’s an easy way to stall your progress.

Try to do something every day — no matter how small it may seem — that’s consistent with forward progress toward your goal.

Celebrate Success

You should be happy about — and proud of — your accomplishment, achievement, and success, including the incremental victories on the path to your goal.

And keep your foot on the gas.

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The Rocky Road of Excellence

12 Feb

stephen-curry-getty[1]Earlier this week, I published a blog post titled, Everyone Wants to Eat, Few Want to Hunt.  The article focused on the “price” of greatness — investment and sacrifice — as it relates to success in any endeavor.

Along those same lines, here’s a nice follow up article from Changing the Game Project.

The Rocky Road of Excellence asserts that “Elite performers, those who are true professionals at everything they do, ask themselves a far different question. They don’t ask “What do I want?” They ask:

“What am I willing to sacrifice for, to struggle for, and to experience pain and discomfort for? In other words, what dream or passion am I willing to suffer for?”

This question is what leads to excellence in sport, in business, and in life.

You must risk being uncomfortable to achieve something worthwhile.

What do you want, and what are you willing to do to get it?

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Everyone Wants to Eat, Few Want to Hunt

8 Feb

52627-wild-nature-wildlife-animals-hunting[1]Do you want to be successful? Do you want to achieve greatness?

If you want to be great, you can’t just settle for “good.”  Good is good, but great is GREAT.

Greatness is one of those things that most people will say they want, but only very few are willing to pay the price to achieve it.

And the price for greatness is very high.

Like anything rare and valuable, achieving greatness has a high price.

We all have the potential to be great at something — or, perhaps even several things.

People don’t achieve greatness for two reasons:

  1. They don’t believe they can ever achieve it.
  2. They are simply not willing to pay the high price that comes along with it.

Dream big.  Allow yourself to have a grand vision.  Be motivated enough to pay the price to turn those dreams into reality.

Inevitably, there will be challenges and obstacles along the way.  Don’t let them stop you.

Know in your heart that you can, and will, achieve the picture — the dream — your mind has conceived.

Greatness requires sacrifice.  Be willing to sacrifice.

You will have to invest your time, thought, and effort.  You must be creative and innovative, and adaptable.

See beyond the barriers and boundaries.

You say you want greatness, but what are you willing to pay for it?

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Don’t Be Afraid to Start Over

26 Oct

New-Chapter[1]“Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

At some point in all of our lives, we will have to face the prospect of starting over again.

Perhaps it will be a homework assignment or household project.

Maybe it will be something of greater magnitude, like a new job or relationship.

New beginnings can be daunting but, typically, the biggest barrier to moving forward is you.  Our own fears are our worst enemies.

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. JoyBell C.

You’ve got to believe in yourself, look beyond your doubts, and draw on positive past experience.

It’s also important to surround yourself with — and listen to advice from — encouraging, positive-thinking people.

Try again, and keep trying, until you achieve your goal.

Keep growing, keep reaching, keep believing.

What looks like an end never is unless you decide to make it the end.

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How to Achieve Success in Two Easy Steps

17 Aug

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Get Started, Get Moving

26 Jun

3a058ad359aa0ac975dab8cf633c0dad[1]The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Do you have an idea?  A dream?  A goal?

Are you willing to accept the risks and sacrifices involved?

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

If so, then take the first step.  Whatever it is you want to do — get started.

Take your thoughts, and convert them to actions, one step at a time.

Once you’ve begun, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the momentum you’ve created, just by getting started.

Well begun is half done.” – Aristotle

You can’t accomplish/achieve your dreams and goals until you’re able, ready, and willing to take the all-important first step.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the time is “right” or circumstances are “perfect.”  Those are just excuses and stall tactics.

Stop wanting, wishing and waiting, and start doing.

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You Can Go as Far as Your Belief Will Take You

13 Apr

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BELIEVE IN YOU!

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