My Pap’s Rest Ethic

My grandfather worked 43 years with only one day off for a funeral. During that stretch, he often worked six days a week with equal amounts of overtime as standard hours in a week. Everyone would like to have a teammate with that kind of work ethic. What many people did not see is how my Pap

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The Ruts of Mental Toughness

We all have mentally tough and mentally weak moments. Mentally tough people simply listen more to their disciplined internal voice than the excuse-making one. This is rare because every turn and every decision, no matter how big or small, requires the ability to ignore the excuse to take the easier path. Our minds will follow the ruts

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The Advantage of the Mentally Tough

Most people quit things easily. This is where mentally tough people have an advantage. In normal circumstances, people have to fight for position in a crowd. But like a marathon, the field begins to thin out during the race and only a few cross the finish line at a time in the end. Mental toughness provides the

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Mental toughness can be developed.

The trick to being mentally tough is to start with a small but simple exercise. The exercise should be something that is important and daily. Pick something and do it everyday. Maybe it’s refusing to hit the snooze button. Maybe it’s working out in someway everyday. Maybe it’s reading your Bible everyday. Maybe it’s eating breakfast everyday.

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Mental toughness begins with belief.

We are not born with mental toughness. We learn it from the example of others. Humans are herd animals and we tend to follow the social standards set by those around us. If we know people who are mentally tough, we tend to know what we are capable of and will likely follow that standard. On the

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Mental toughness is good decision-making.

Sick days are for when you are sick and part of being mentally tough is taking care of yourself so you are ready to go to work each day through solid decision-making. Staying up too late or drinking too much the the night before you have to get up early for work is not an adult decision

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My Pap’s Mental Toughness

You have to be mentally tough to show up everyday. Wait…I think you heard me say almost everyday…but I said everyday. It can be considered extreme to commit to show up everyday but that is what great teammates do. There is a clear difference between those who are looking for a reason to let themselves off the

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My Pap’s Family

By being so consistent, he was not only a great teammate at his job but he was a consistent provider for his family. His example allowed us to build a strong and large family that is family to so many others who don’t share our bloodline. When I was preparing to share at my grandfather’s funeral, I

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My Pap’s Work Ethic

He was never late to work in 43 years. He only missed one day of work for a funeral. That’s right…one day in 43 years. 90% of being a great teammate is showing up and Pap never gave us any excuse for being late or taking a day off. His work ethic was unmatched. As I look

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My Pap’s Legacy

My grandfather passed away recently and I have been thinking a lot about his impact on my life. We affectionately called him Pap and he has legendary status in our family. His example was an extraordinary one. I looked around at the funeral and I was amazed at the number of people who were present that owed

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