Category Archives: Discipline

Remembered…or not

As I have watched sports, I have come to admire those athletes who prove to be true competitors. These are the athletes who have stories told about them that focus on all they have overcome. The other athletes are not remembered because they settled on the excuses. I find myself cringing when people complain after a loss

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No Amalgam

There is no amalgam of best and less than best. That’s the siren call of mediocrity and it is seductive. There is no best of both worlds when it comes to choices that demonstrate our quality. Do we want to be our best self? A better question is are we willing to do what it takes to

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Being the Best Version

I struggle with my diet and I want the irrational reality where I can eat all the cookies and lose weight. This is the struggle everyone deals with at some point. We all have to make choices and teams must constantly choose who they want to be. Do they want to be the version of themselves that

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Tempting the Game Plan

Temptations come in many forms. It can be that donut that looks good now but won’t feel good later. It could be that extra plate of “bottomless” fries that gets offered after you gave into the first temptation of not ordering a salad. It also comes in the form of feeling compelled to do something when doing

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Playing the Long Game

In almost every circumstance the winner is the last person standing. This means aside from strategy, Xs and Os, resources and gimmicks, the most important common attribute that winners share is having the endurance to outlast their opponent. Playing the long game means committing to making decisions that do not sacrifice the future for the immediate moment.

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Brain Time

I have something in my calendar called “brain time”. It’s basically an appointment with my own brain. This is my way to put the same priority on thinking as I put on talking. I meet with a lot of people throughout the week and there was a day where I would fill every available time slot with

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Abiding the small things has a cost.

Why do we abide things? The light on the dash will eventually have to be dealt with and if I abide it too long, the fix could be even more expensive than it is today. The same is generally true in life. When we abide things that should be corrected or adjusted, we create workarounds that drain

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Interference Source

Have you ever wondered why certain things that need to be done or should be done just never quite get done? It’s almost as if there is some sort of invisible barrier holding us back from all the important yet incomplete intentions. The source of that interference is our own mind. Our thoughts often form those invisible

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Hitting the Gas

Which pedal do you push when you see a yellow light? Do you hit the brakes or do you hit the gas? I realize that there are people who don’t gas it through an intersection and still get things done. I am just trying to point out a similar reaction to a challenge. Not everyone hesitates in

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School for Excuses

Those who chronically fall short have learned that it is acceptable to fall short. They have learned all about excuses and justifying compromises and disappointment. They have learned that people will understand what they were up against and that the reasonable response to their challenge was to disappoint the team because challenges are hard. They might have

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