Athletes face this in their game and those who win, push ahead.
Athletes face this in their game and those who win, push ahead.
Growing up, one thing my mother told me probably hundreds of times — besides to clean up my room, of course — was that “it’s easier to follow those who have achieved, given they have paved the way.”
Being an adult, I firmly understand what she meant. It’s much like when Tony Robbins says, “Model someone who’s already successful…because success leaves clues.” It’s often these clues that can help you achieve.
But taking cues from another person’s path can only get you so far. You must also pay attention to what they don’t do. Yes, don’t do. Otherwise, you could find yourself slipping into old patterns the get in the way of your progress.
The following are some of the more important “don’ts” on the path toward success:
If you mentally found yourself doing any of these things, understand that it’s ok. Self-awareness is the beginning of change. It allows you to follow the path of successful individuals and model their behavior so you can achieve.
Raising your thinking can help you.
I enjoy sports. It’s one of the few things I make time for in my often-hectic schedule — that and my family, of course. But my love for the game isn’t just about the skill of an athlete, the rivalry between teams, or the strategy in a win.
Watching sports is like witnessing a story unfold in real time. And as with any good story, it has something to teach us. It’s something we can apply to our lives.
Take those athletes who find the will to win after being down in the game or the batter who hits a homerun in the bottom of the ninth and wins the game. The perseverance to succeed should serve as an inspiration to all of us.
Sports are simply filled with learnings if you choose to look for them. So to continue looking toward success, here are 15 my favorite quotes from those involved in the game:
Success is a daily walk, and you can infuse what others have said to provide the energy you need to keep going. I offer these quotes to you to help remind you how you can overcome almost any adversity and move that much closer to success. The power is within you.
If you’ve got an athlete or coach quote that resonates with you, I’d love to hear them. Please feel free to share in the comments below.
Have you ever heard that success leave clues? John Maxwell wrote a book on success which is entitled, “How Successful People Think”. Inside this audio, I share 3 points he discusses in this book. To see more on this book, click here. I trust you implement the 3 points discussed in this audio.
Enjoy the audio here.
Success. Everyone has a definition of it. In fact, Merriam-Webster can’t even settle on just one, offering up a total of three for your choosing.
With this month’s topic, I’d like to focus on only one of these definitions: the correct or desired result of an attempt.
But we live in time of almost constant change, making it difficult to predict outcomes or results. And the one constant at our disposal is our habits. While bad habits obviously take us off course, the good ones can help us navigate those choppy, often unpredictable waters that lie between the present situation and a life of sustained achievement.
The following are 10 all-new habits that can help you to achieve the correct or desired result of your success:
Get clarity on what you want to accomplish. You may not know exactly how to reach the end, but surrounding yourself with the right individuals or groups can help. Take my journey, for example.
When I started writing my book, “Tide Turners,” I really didn’t know how to structure a book — let alone have it published. It took aligning myself with Author Academy Elite to develop as a writer and bring my book to the masses.
See failures as opportunities for growth and learning. Successful people do not look at failure as the end. They look at it as a moment to learn, adjust, and continue. There’s a great book entitled “Go for No,” which discusses increasing failure for growth and achievement.
Do what you say you’ll do when you say you’ll do it. Be highly intentional with a high amount of discipline. When you make a commitment, make sure you do everything in your power to do it. Intention and discipline will guide you towards your own success.
Take action. Individuals who achieve don’t wait for things to happen. They make things happen. As Brendon Burchard says, “A power plant doesn’t have energy, it generates energy.” You must be your own force. Action takes believing version 1.0 is better than version 0.0. You must look for ways to improve, and turn “I can’t” into “how can I?”
Get a jump on the day. Successful people get up early to take advantage of every minute of every day. I wasn’t an earlier riser, to be completely honest. But given my desire to write a book, I adjusted my schedule to accommodate for it.
But getting up early doesn’t necessarily mean you go into work right away — unless, of course, you want to. I suggest doing something for yourself, like reading something inspirational, taking time to meditate, and focusing on building yourself internally.
Take care of your health. Successful individuals understand what fuels their body and mind. Watching what you eat is important. Do I enjoy potato chips? Absolutely, but I don’t eat them every day. It’s all about moderation.
By that same token, it’s also important to get a little daily exercise. It gets not only your heart rate up but those juices flowing, helping to improve memory and thinking. While I’m no doctor, I can certainly tell you that exercise is important to your health.
Start reading. Now, I’m not talking novels of the romance variety. These just take your mind away from daily things. Successful individuals like to read and believe in developing themselves. In fact, 72% of adults have read a book within the past year — if they finished that book, well, that’s another story. By my estimates, this means 7 out of 10 people will read “Tide Turners,” at least that’s my hope.
Become a continuous learner. Individuals who seek to achieve are seeking knowledge to help them achieve. They seek to learn new skills and surround themselves with other successful individuals to learn from.
Focus and avoid distractions. Having focus means avoiding the buzz of social media sounds and other distractions that can throw off your focus. If you’re new to my blog, I recommend reading my post on the weapons of mass distraction. https://cardiffdhall.com/improving-your-focus-disable-weapons-of-mass-distraction/. It goes into greater detail than I can devote here.
Desire, desire, desire. No, not the streetcar. Ok, I probably just showed you I’m old. Anyway, you must have a deep root to DESIRE. Individuals who possess this desire have clarity and understand the work it will take to truly accomplish things in their lives.
I hope you can put these 10 habits in place so you can achieve and thus meet the definition of success and Merriam will say, “You are successful, well done!”
Ever start something and just never finish it? If you’ve ever tried downhill skiing, you know exactly how to finish: by skiing down the hill — unless, of course, you’re like me, who fell down the hill and almost took out a shed at the bottom. Good thing they had that orange mesh to stop me from hitting it. Otherwise, I have a feeling this would be an entirely different post on an entirely different topic.
But we’re not here to talk about my less-than-stellar skiing exploits. We’re here to discuss focus, and there are five key elements in the word. In fact, John Lee Dumas, entrepreneur and podcaster at Entrepreneur on Fire, created a whole acronym around the term. So, let’s explore the real meaning of FOCUS.
F = FOLLOW
When you ski down a hill, for example, you follow a designated course. It’s all about taking steps towards something. In the case of skiing, it’s ski lengths forward. Following is purposeful in its action. You work toward the completion of the task at hand.
O = ONE
When you start something and have the desire to complete it, you focus on that one thing. Some people try to multitask, only to get frustrated in the end. Can you imagine trying to ski down the mountain and text on the phone? Try it this winter, and you’ll find yourself in the orange mesh headfirst. Skiing asks you to do one thing: work your way down the mountain.
You must apply the same principle to working on a project or task. Multitasking diverts your attention. It splits your focus, so to speak. To ensure both productivity and efficiency, avoid multitasking at all costs. You often get more done in a shorter amount of time by focusing on one thing at a time.
C = COURSE
Few people can successfully backcountry ski, where you head off to those unmarked areas outside the designated zone. Yes, you’ll eventually get to the bottom. But instead of that orange mesh, chances are good a tree or cliff is in the near future.
With traditionally skiing, on the other hand, you work your way down a path already created for you — in other words, a course. The same is true in life. When you do almost anything, you have an outcome or objective in mind. It’s part of your vision or mission, helping avoid those things not aligned with where you want to go. Knowing your vision or mission creates the course for you.
U = UNTIL
This word itself doesn’t have an ending. Until ______. You get to decide that. You can ski until lunch or until the mountain closes or until the orange mesh welcomes you with open arm (at least for me). The great thing about the word until is that it gives you ownership. You get to decide when you stop.
S = SUCCESS
Success is probably the most obvious of the ideas. You safely made it down the course and achieved success. Success occurs when you accomplish your goal or mission. Success is for those who implement FOCUS, and I know that’s you!
FOCUS is a simple word. If you understand it, you’ll be able to achieve your goals. If you want a book to hold yourself accountable, look into The Freedom Journal. It’s helped many people achieve their goals and realize success.
Focusing will open the door of possibilities.