“No matter what had happened the night before – good game, bad game, soreness, fatigue – he was up working out every morning while most of the other guys slept.”
That was Tim S. Grover talking about Michael Jordan, in his book Relentless.
He continued, “Kobe is the same; he’s insatiable in his desire to work. Some days we’ll go back to the gym twice a day and once more at night, trying different things, working on certain issues, always looking for the extra edge.”
“My staff would meet at 8:30 AM at our facility before a practice or game to prepare for the coming day. More often than not, by the time I pulled in, Kobe would already be parked in the car next to my designated spot, taking a nap. He would be in the gym well before that, maybe by 6 AM to get his pre-practice workout done before anyone else showed up. That was the trademark of the final 10 years of his career.”
What are you doing to separate yourself from your competition?
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, these guys were the best at their game. Was it just their God given talent that made them that way? Absolutely not! It was also their work ethic, their drive and dedication and their love of the game.
One of the biggest secrets to success lies in the answer to this question. What do you do when no one is around? What are you doing to get better, move to the top, or stay at the top?
It doesn’t matter if it’s in sports, business or something else, if you want to be the best, there is so much that you have to do on your own. You can’t do it for recognition or praise. You put in the extra practice for yourself, not for anyone else.
Last weekend Drew Brees set the new NFL record for most career pass touchdowns. Brees has the same mentality and work ethic as Jordan and Kobe. What was he doing the night before the game where he broke the record? The same thing he does every night after practice has ended and the rest of the team has left. He goes through his own workout.
This video from Reggie Bush was taken the night before his last game.
This is what it takes to be great.
What are you doing to be great?
How much time do you dedicate towards practice each week?
Do you practice with intent?
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I’ve been having some conversations with someone about some potential business opportunities that we could have together. As we’ve gone back and forth, there have been some things come up that I could get real excited about. There is great potential for us to work together and have it turn out very well for both of our companies.
Yesterday I asked to set up a time we could get together to work out some of the details and get going. I was surprised by his response, but as I thought about it, I started to wonder how many other businesses do the same thing he’s doing.
When I asked for the meeting he informed me that he’s swamped right now with things he needs to wrap up before the end of the year. This, I can understand. But it was the next part of the conversation that has been on my mind since we talked. He told me that he’d rather wait until January to meet because their company basically looks at December as a write-off month. He said they all start to get in holiday mode and don’t do much before Christmas, and then as it gets closer to the 25th most of them start booking time off until the end of the year. For those that don’t take the time off, for the amount of work they do they may as well have taken the time off.
Is this how you approach December? I hope not!
Why not use the next 27 days to finish this decade off strong and set up 2020 to be great? What you do this month can really determine how your next year goes. Now is the time to get focused and get a jump start on your competition to start the new year.
If you give the following four areas your best effort, you can end 2019 strong and get a great start on 2020
This is a habit you need to work on daily throughout the year. But as we get closer to the holiday season and the distractions around you increase, you’ll need to be even more disciplined to keep focused
How much time do you actually spend being focused and working? With so many distractions so close to you I can be difficult. Taking a quick look at your inbox can turn into an hour of reading and replying to emails. Looking at one of your social media accounts can turn into mindless scrolling. Phone calls, employees, texts… The list of distractions can go on and on.
Identify the things that distract you and determine how you can prevent it from happening while you put all of your focus into your work for a specific amount of time. Turn off the phone. Close everything on your computer. Lock your door. Do whatever it is that you need to do so that you can completely focus for whatever amount of time you’ve scheduled.
You can start this today by determining your top three priorities for tomorrow. When you start your day tomorrow, your number one task is to complete the things you have identified as your top three priorities. Don’t look at your emails, texts, social media or anything else that will distract you until you accomplish your top three priorities.
Fill up your January calendar now. With so many people wanting to put things off until January, they’re going to be swamped when it rolls around. People are more likely to set January appointments in December than they are in January when things get crazy.
Too many people are just on a day-by-day schedule. They put more time and effort into figuring out their vacation schedule than they do with their daily schedule. Don’t come into Monday and wonder, “what am I going to do this week?” Don’t come into any day without it already being set up and planned.
Someone should be able to take a look at your calendar, and what you are trying to achieve this year is obvious. You have the meetings, events, presentations, follow-up and prep-time scheduled to make you succeed. It’s not about scheduling every second of every day, but it is about moving forward with intent.
What are you doing next Tuesday that is building your business?
Build and Strengthen Relationships
This is a great time of year to make the emotional deposits into your most important personal and professional relationships
Simply taking the time to call someone or take them to lunch can mean a lot to your relationship. Do you or your company give gifts at Christmas? Send cards?
Take some action today. What can you do today to strengthen a specific relationship?
As we approach the end of the year, now is a great time to give this some extra attention to help you to be ready for 2020!
How you start 2020 will determine how you finish it.
Schedule some time for reading, attending courses, working with a coach, or anything that is going to help you improve your personal growth and skill development.
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In 27 days we begin a new year. Those 27 days are going to come and go regardless of what you do. Don’t waste them. Do the things that will amplify your business and your life and allow you to finish 2019 strong and to build the momentum you need to begin 2020 and make it great!
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But I also want to talk a little bit about the confidence factor. Belief and certainty is basically to me, what confidence is. Confidence in yourself that you’re going to be able to do it. And again, that’s where the power of the mind is so effective. But you’ve also got to recognize that confidence is an emotion that can come and go. It’s not something that we have. It’s something that we need to create. I’ve heard, well this morning, I heard Brandon Bouchard, use the example that a power plant doesn’t have energy. It creates energy. And that’s what we need to be like with our confidence. We need to continue to build our own confidence in various areas of our lives.
To do that, we’ve got to start by deciding we are going to be confident. And sometimes that’s all you need to do is be able to decide I’m going to be confident in this area and go about doing it. But as we decide to be confident, and we start to do things over and over, that’s when we’re going to be able to build it. The more you do something, obviously the more you can gain your confidence in it. As you get more experience, the more you practice something, turns into a skill, turns into a competency, and it just grows from there. I think you can see that in pretty much any area of your life, from a baby trying to walk to an adult. The more you do it, the more you have confidence in it.
One of the factors that I’ve heard people talk about with confidence is fear. If you’re confident, does it mean you have no fear? My belief on that is no. It doesn’t. Look at a firefighter. Firefighters will fight fires, and that doesn’t mean they’re not going to have fear. But they are going to be confident in their ability. A Navy SEAL. A Navy SEAL is still going to have the anxieties and fears that go along with their job, but they know what they can do. And they’re going to be confident in their abilities.
Going back to my rodeo days as a steer wrestler, I had a lot of confidence in myself. I had tremendous confidence in myself. But there is also a lot of times … I can remember some specific times that as I backed into the corner ready to go, I was confident in my ability, but the anxiety, and maybe not fear, but whatever it was, I could feel my heart pounding out of my chest. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have the confidence.
The fact that you have fear doesn’t diminish the confidence. That’s one thing that we just need to make sure that we can keep a handle on and understanding of. Then a lot of it comes down to your own mindset. And that includes not only the things that you’re telling yourself, but your body language, all the different things that when you’re conscious of it, you can control it. It’s the words you speak to yourself, your body language, and just the thoughts that you’re allowing to happen. As we focus on creating more powerful rather than disempowering thoughts, we can build our own confidence. We’ve talked about this many times in different inner circle masterminds is there’s nothing more powerful than what we can do with our mind. Once you can start believe in yourself, believing in yourself, you’re going to be able to have a lot more confidence. And that’s going to roll into the cycle of belief and certainty. That’s the entire cycle of where success will build.
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In business, in life, in whatever you do, achieving and sustaining success is difficult
When you reach the top there’s always someone or something trying to knock you down or overtake you.
I was visiting with a friend last night, engaged in his stories of his days playing basketball in college. He had a great NCAA Division One career that began at the Junior College level. His JuCo team was great. They made it all the way to the national championship tournament. He was an amazing point guard with a great shot. He achieved success and reached the top, breaking the record for most three point shots made in a game with 9! What an incredible personal achievement. I’m not sure how long the previous record stood, but now he was the one people would be gunning for. He had the record to beat. That incredible achievement, setting a new record was hard to achieve and was accomplished by all the dedication and hard work he put in for years up to that point. He sat at the top of that throne until the next game of the tournament, where someone else made 13 three point shots. When you get to the top, there will always be others trying to knock you down.
On the path to success you’re going to hit walls and face challenges. This is where many will fall off the path and the crowd gets thinner. As you get past each wall, the weak are eliminated and it’s the achievers who are still going. The more difficult it is, the less competition there will be. But those left to compete against will be the best. The weak have been left behind. The more walls of difficulty along the path, the less that will stick with you and the further you separate yourself from the competition.
Accept the fact and understand that the path to success will be hard. But as you get past those hard things it becomes easier. But know that when you feel the coast is clear, or that you are at the top, there’s more coming that you need to be ready for.
Success is going to require you to do hard things. Start today by doing the hard things first. Climb over that first wall today and keep going. The more you do this, the more you will separate yourself and achieving your success becomes easier.
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Have you ever met someone that is an honest, hard worker but they never seem to be able to get ahead in life or achieve anything of significance? Yet you watch others who don’t seem to work as hard and everything just seems to fall in their lap? Have you ever seen someone that has been extremely successful lose it all and end up with absolutely nothing, but they soon turn things around and climb back up to the top while others just can’t seem to catch a break?
As I was pondering this topic I had a voice come into my head that told me a story that I’ve heard many, many times. One of the very first personal development audio books I ever listened to was Earl Nightingale’s 1957 book,The Strangest Secret.
This is his story that kept coming to mind:
“The difference is goals. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. It’s that simple. Failures, on the other hand, believe that their lives are shaped by circumstances… by things that happen to them… be exterior forces.
Think of a ship with a complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and crew know exactly where the ship is going and how long it will take – it has a definite foal. And 9,999 times out of 10,000, it will get there.
Now let’s take another ship – just like the first – only let’s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm. Let’s give it no aiming point, no goal, and no destination. We just start the engines and let it go. I think you’ll agree that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink or wind up on some deserted beach – a derelict. It can’t go any place because it has no destination and no guidance.”
So many people are going through life like the ship without a crew. They have no goals or clear direction. They just react to life as it happens.
If this is you, it needs to change. If you don’t get clear about where you’re headed, you won’t get out of the harbor.
Where Are You Now?
The first thing that you need to do is be completely honest with yourself and look at where you are now. What is your current status? We are going to work to find your destination. This is your starting point
As you look at the truth of your situation, what are your pain points? Why are you here?
Do you want to make more money? Do you want more time for yourself or your family? Do you want to work on your health? Do you want to fix your marriage or relationship? Scale your business? Write a book? Complete your first real estate deal? Get specific.
Stop ignoring your truth. Stop avoiding it. This is for you, tell the truth!
If it’s, “I want to make more money.” Go deeper, don’t stop there. Maybe it’s, “I want to make more money because I’m behind on all my payments. I can’t get ahead and I’m scared.” Uncover the truth.
Where Do You Want To Go?
You need clarity to create the future you want. You need to know where you are going to point the ship to get out of the harbor and end up at your destination.
In our busy, crazy lives it can be hard to set your goals and figure out where you want to go. But I learned a method from Dean Graziosi that allows you to extract yourself from all the craziness and figure out where you want to go by looking at life from a different perspective.
Imagine that it is one year from today and you are looking back. It has been the best year of your life! What does that look like? What happened that made it the best year of your life? It wasn’t just a really good year, it was the Best Year!
You lost the weight? You made the money? You got the guy? You got the girl? You completed your first real estate deal? You sold your company?
What happened that made it the best year of your life? Think big! In The Power of Focus, Jack Canfield says, “Think big. Create goals that get you so excited you can hardly sleep at night. Life has a lot to offer – why shouldn’t you enjoy your fair share?”
You’ve identified the things that would have happened to make it the best year of your life. Now step back to today, those are your goals.
Why Are These Goals Important?
You have your goals now, but why are they so important to you?
Maybe your goal make a certain amount of money. But why? Why do you really want that?
Is it to prove something? Is it for significance? Is it so you can buy something?
Whatever it is, there’s something deeper to your reason. What’s your WHY?
Start with the goal you’ve identified and ask why you want to achieve this goal. Put your heart into the answer. Once you’ve identified that answer, ask why you want that answer. This takes time, it takes thought and it takes effort. But every single time you find your answer, ask ‘why’ until you’ve don’t it seven times. If you are open and honest, you will uncover the real reason these goals are important to you. Your ‘WHY’!
Your ‘why’ is going to be what drives you day in and day out to stay focused on achieving these goals. There will be days where, “I want to lose weight,” or “I want more money” won’t motivate you and keep you going. But when you’ve identified the ‘why’ behind each of these goals, that’s what will get you out of bed in the morning.
What Capabilities Are Needed To Achieve These Goals?
You know where you are. You know where you want to go. You know ‘why’ you want to go there.
How are you going to get there? Your current capabilities have got you to where you are now. What capabilities do you need to get to the next level? What capabilities do you need to achieve your goals?
Do you need a trainer? Do you need someone that understands how to market on social media? Do you need a CFO? Identify what it is you need and document it.
Once you’ve identified what you need, you have to figure out where it will come from.
Talk to a coach or a mentor. Join a mastermind group or a networking group. Whatever capabilities that you need and you are lacking, someone else already has them. As you serve others and as you network, keep this topic as a part of your discussion until you discover how you can get what you need.
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