Category Archives: Winning

If you can’t take the heat…

Why don’t we choose the best choice? A couple reasons stand out. The best choice is usually inconvenient. Most people equate best with convenient and get derailed early on in the decision-making process. Convenience is often tied to popularity. The best choice is usually unpopular in the short term. This is where people jump off the best

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Is winning lucky?

I have a theory that most people like to celebrate those who succeed but not those who continue to succeed. Anyone who seems fortunate enough to win will get a lot of congratulations but anyone who wins over and over gets ridiculed or even hated eventually. I think this happens because people would rather believe that success

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For the Long Haul

Every team that does anything that matters has had to play the long game. Teams that prepare for the future and work diligently in the present towards a better tomorrow require teammates who can delay gratification long enough to see a lengthy plan through to the end. Not everyone fits this category. People who simply wait for

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Scoreboard

When I played football or basketball, it was what seemed like the height of trash-talking. Things were not so PC then so you could hear a lot of things that would make the more sensitive generations of today blush on the court or field. No matter what was said, it was always nice to point to the

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Play the hand you can.

I would not wish a global pandemic on anyone at any time but I do believe it is important to play the cards that are dealt to us the best we can. Sometimes we get dealt something that is not really a great hand, but if played well, could still lead to a win. In this break

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Cheater

With the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal dominating the sports headlines, it is important to understand why cheating is a big deal. Teams are expected to play by the rules. That expectation not only protects the integrity of the team, but also the integrity of the game the team plays. Competition cannot be resolved without an agreed upon

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The Sweet Spot

Teams that cling to the truth, endure hardship, and maintain their focus do not just win. They completely overcome their opponent. This is because it is so difficult to find that sweet spot of focus and endurance. Those who do will always outlast their opponent because they have the advantage of experiencing their best life. These are

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Just Say No

Teams can waste time by doing things that are good but not best. Everyone can avoid the obvious time-wasters, but what happens when you are in a time crunch and have to choose between doing two very different activities that each have value towards the team’s goal? Great teams know when to say no to good things

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Teams with any experience in succeeding know that “the ideal” is rarely ever found on the path to success. Success can seem elusive to those who limit thier scope of success to a narrow possiblility that requires everything to go exactly as expected. Success is much easier to find if the team is open to alternate routes

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The Reality of Enemies and Rivals

Every team has opponents and some opponents matter more than others. College football has rivalry week. Baseball has the subway series or freeway series. Basketball has the Lakers versus Celtics. The truth is, people have rivals or enemies. That truth can be off-putting if you like to live life thinking that everyone likes you. That just isn’t

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