Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Faker

When in a self-negotiation on whether to quit or endure, faking it is, in my opinion, the worst. It allows for the quitting of the mind without crossing the line of actually removing ourselves from the difficult situation and thus avoiding the quitter’s stigma. This happens when we cease to believe that the difficult path forward is

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Winning the Negotiation

When we are faced with hard and are tempted to quit, we can choose to endure. The stigma of quitting is often enough to consider this, but other motivations can help us choose endurance when we begin to negotiate with ourselves. This negotiation is tough and it often depends on which version of ourselves will win for

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The Quitter’s Choices

We have all quit something. I bet that most of us have rarely quit based on a spontaneous thought that caused us to walk out on a commitment. This is because, in our culture, there is a stigma for quitters. Most of us don’t want to endure the reputation of being a quitter. This causes a dilemma

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Two Types

This might not be a politically correct way to frame this, but there are two types of people in the world. People who care enough to try again and people who do not. This separates the winners from the losers. This separates those that envy and hate those that seem to get ahead from those that are

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Hold up. Do it again.

Getting it right is important. I learned early in my coaching career that an athlete needs 6000 correct repetitions to overcome the muscle memory of a flawed technique. To stop and make sure what we are doing is the correct way not only impacts our immediate situation, but also reinforces what we can expect to do in

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Casual World

Imagine a world where every time you aim for a ten, you stop at eight. This world always lets you off the hook. There are no vacations needed because everyday is casual Friday. There are no real consequences because all the authority figures have that laid-back attitude that seems cooler than those high-strung leaders that actually expect

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The Casual Limit

A casual attitude only ever accomplishes easy tasks. People that embrace the all-casual, all-the-time attitude can become adept at accomplishing easy tasks well. That is their limit though. They get stuck on the hard tasks and tend to think that anything that isn’t accomplished through their casual methods and attitude is actually impossible. Of course this is

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The Attitude Code

There is a time and place for a casual attitude. The best way to think about it is to think about the time and place for casual dress. You just can’t wear shorts everywhere. Some restaurants won’t even seat you if you walk in with the wrong kind of dress. What if teams had an attitude code

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Overcome Hard

Life is hard. Success is simply the measure of how well we overcome the hard that life throws our way. Are we excuse-makers or overcomers? Are we looking for a solution or a reason why we should quit? Great teams find people that see difficulty as a door to a welcome challenge and not an obstacle to

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Risk

The fear of making a mistake could be the most prevalent reason a team’s potential is not reached. Risks are necessary because anything worth doing is likely iffy at best when we set out to do it. This includes trusting someone with something that they may not have a track record of success for. That track record

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