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Be like Siri and Pretend You Did NOT Hear That

Do you ever feel yourself being drawn into negativity? Does your attention get pulled in a number of different directions? Are you annoyed by the notifications popping up on your screen or buzzing in your pocket?

Pretend that you do not hear them and are not distracted. (Read below to understand what I mean.)

This past week, my wife relayed an incident that occurred at home while I was at work.

Our oldest son, Simon, was playing with our iPad. By chance, he had accessed Siri. Siri was prepared to answer any question or provide any information that was requested. While Simon was occupied with Siri, our youngest son, Spencer was running around the house and like any normal two year-old, he was being loud and enjoying himself.   Simon proceeded to yell at Spencer by saying, “Stop it. Do not do that.” Simon said this without realizing Siri was still active on the iPad. Siri responded by saying, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”

After chuckling at this anecdote, I was reminded that in order to compete at the top of our game, we should be more like Siri. When there are crazy things going on around us and others are pulling at our attention, you must continue to focus on the present moment and say, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”

When your teammates or coworkers proceed down the road of negativity, be like Siri and say to them, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”

When working on a project and your phone buzzes, say to yourself, “I am going to pretend I did not hear that.”

This week, focus on the present moment by being like Siri and pretend you did not hear that.

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One Way to COMPETE in the Present

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Competing in the present moment is about being where your feet are. If your feet are in the batter’s box getting ready to hit, your mind needs to be there ready to hit. If your feet are in the shotgun position, your mind needs to be there as well, progressing through your reads of the defense. If your feet are at the foul line shooting a free throw in the waning seconds of a tight game, your mind needs to be there, where your feet are.

In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown always takes a beating from Lucy for his deficiencies. The shortcomings Lucy attacks are usually related to his preparation and commitment to being a confident competitor. In this edition of Peanuts, Lucy belittles Charlie Brown for striking out to the end the last game of the year and attempts to provide feedback on his inability to play in the present moment. Lucy’s words are “insightful” however; Charlie Brown’s response demonstrates his lack of ability to play in the present moment, admitting that he was thinking about his new girlfriend.

When the Competitor enters the arena of competition, all other factors must be pushed away and left outside the field.   When you tie your shoes to dress for practice, you are like the race car driver strapping in for the race, or the fighter pilot preparing for takeoff, there are no other thoughts than the mission you are embarking on. Leave these thoughts and concerns in your locker, your gym bag, or at home and be where your feet are.

Question of the Day:

When preparing for competition, where will you leave your concerns?

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Did you sync your iPhone or Back it up?

This past week, my iPhone began to struggle to keep the proper time. Throughout the week it would need turned off and turned back on to get the correct time. After turning it back on it would have the correct time and then inevitably it would stay at that time. This was frustrating and at the same time, it allowed for me to disengage with my smartphone for a couple of days, which was liberating.

On Friday night, I made sure to sync my iPhone and I made an appointment at the local Apple store to have my phone checked to solve this issue. The Apple store service was exceptional; they tried a couple of solutions, which did not work. Thankfully, I was still within the 1-year warranty window by 4 days, so they decided a good option was to swap out my old phone for a new version of the same model. The person helping me asked if I had backed up my phone. In my mind, I had done this the night before, and I learned a lesson on the difference between syncing your phone and backing up your phone. By syncing my iPhone, I was only transferring data and making it available in different places, through different applications on different devices.   Backing up your iPhone is needed to create an exact copy, to store data AND settings that are on your device that are individual to you.

This made me think about how in our lives, we think we are doing something, using certain language, like syncing, but really we should be backing up our thoughts with actions. Syncing is merely making a copy of our data and making it available across a number of different devices. How many times are we going through the motions and just doing things? When we are asked to do something, we sync up with our usual way of doing business, the way we have done it before and we are in sync, but are we backed up?

Backed up is making sure our settings are in line, ensuring they are consistent, so they can be restored at any time. Backing up is being filled with confidence on a daily basis. Backing up is knowing that you have a philosophy that can handle change and a daily routine that places you in the proper frame of mind to attack any adversity that comes your way.

This week, focus on backing yourself up with confidence.

 

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Community of Competitors: It’s Just People Loving People

“It’s people loving people

That’s the enemy of everything’s that’s evil

Ain’t no quick fix at the end of a needle

It’s just people loving people.”

– Garth Brooks, Chorus to People Loving People

 

Teaching and coaching is all about helping people become better then they currently are. It is based on singular steps that are compiled to form one gigantic leap of development over time. This past week showed me that everyone can be a teacher and a coach to help other people out.

On Monday, I had a fascinating phone conversation with the leader behind www.MentalGameVIP.com. He shared his soon to be released product. His product will be a game changer in the mental game of baseball. You are encouraged to check out the Twitter feed for MentalGameVIP at https://twitter.com/MentalGameVIP. Follow this Twitter feed as he announces the Coaches involved in this groundbreaking, never done before project.

During this phone conversation, we both shared information and were back and forth in the role of student and teacher. It was truly people loving people.

I have also had the opportunity to establish a relationship with Coach John Brubaker. Over the Labor Day weekend, John took an hour out of his life to discuss the ups and downs of coaching and related them to writing and speaking. Since this time, I have begun to read his weekly emails and they are spot on. I encourage you to sign-up for his weekly emails at http://www.coachbru.com. John not only took the time to have this conversation with me on Labor Day weekend, but he has been quick to provide feedback and support in pushing forward. This is another example of people loving people.

Finally, on Friday, I had the joy of completing a five-week program with the York College of Pennsylvania Spartan Softball team and Coach Jen Petteys. Coach Petteys is building a program that York College will be proud of on and off the field.   The ladies of the Spartan Softball team “broke through” their limitations on Friday and will continue to break through any limitations to achieve at a high level. They are a team focused on people loving people.

 

Check out the Video of Carleigh breaking through her limitations.