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What does it mean to Compete?

I am trying something a little different this week.  We recorded a short video for this week’s message.  Please take the two plus minutes that encompasses this video and think about what it means to Compete.

I am sincerely interested in your feedback to answer the question:

What does it mean to Compete?

Click Here to answer the 1 Question Survey: What does it mean to Compete?

Every day is a competition and it is yours to win.

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Distracted By Talent

We are living in the age of distraction.  At any moment, we can experience a notification on our smartphone tellings us we need to check a social media update to an important email just begging to be answered.  While technology provides us examples of the various distractions that can invade our life, we are also distracted by talent.  In business, human resource offices are getting makeovers and renamed, including the word talent offices and in sports, we are constantly looking for the next great talented individual that will be an instant impact.  Fans, coaches, and even competitors get distracted by talent.

 

The North Carolina versus Kentucky NCAA Tournament game that was held yesterday included high level talent, and it is easy to be distracted by the talent in the game.  Just watch the last minute when Kentucky made some unbelievable 3-pointers and will be amazed at the talent that was on display.  Former walk-on, Luke Maye, made the game-winning shot for North Carolina with 0.3 seconds left in the game, and let’s be clear, Luke May has talent.  North Carolina does not offer a walk-on roster to spot to anyone off the street, but Luke Maye’s name is not going to be one of the first names you mention about the current North Carolina basketball team.  Maye’s post-game quote was a perfect example of why we need to be less distracted by talent and more focused on what we do a daily basis.  When Luke Maye was asked about making this last-second, game-winning shot, he answered, “I took that shot, just like I do everyday in practice.”

 

Herein lies our focus that great Competitors do in the spotlight what they do everyday outside of the spotlight.  We may be distracted by talent, but great performances do not just happen, they are prepared for and worked on every single day.  As we work on a daily basis, we are building the focus, the passion, and the talent that is on display.  Let us understand that talent is built, it is worked on, so do not be distracted by talent as something that is bestowed upon a chosen few.  Go out this week and build your talent and change the world because if you build your talent, soon we may be distracted by you.

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Engaging the TRIBE of Competitors

As we enter the first week of 2017 take the time to pause and reflect on the year.  As you reflect, try to do this impartially, allowing your mind to observe what occurred.  These events and your progress will eventually be labeled as successful or not however, we challenge you to truly reflect on the progress that has been made in your life.  If you do not see progress, make a commitment to use your strengths in 2017.  Notice I said, use your strengths, not improve on your weaknesses.  It is commonplace for people to choose a New Year’s resolution in an area of their life they are dissatisfied with, an area of weakness.  This approach is a set-up for failure.

This week, I challenge you to a new way of thinking for the year 2017, choose a word that will provide clarity and direction to your life for the entire year.  (This process is outlined in the book One Word the Will Change your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page)

Over the last three years, I have utilized the process of choosing a word that you will live out and engage in for the year.  This process has provided clarity and direction.  My word for 2014 was “Enjoy.”  Throughout 2014, my focus was enjoying every moment that was gifted to me.  While my word for 2015 “Growth,” I have been blessed with immense growth throughout the year.  Here was my post for the beginning of 2015 post on the word “Growth.”

For 2016, the word “Respond” chose me.  This word chose me because our lives are made of our responses to what is occurring around us and as I reflect on 2016, my responses were focused and the awesome piece is that I enjoyed personal and professional growth throughout the year.  You see the process of living out a word that has chosen you does not end with the change of a calendar year, the words stick with you.  Here was my post for the beginning of 2016 post on the word “Respond.”

So for 2017, the word that has chosen me is, “Engage.”  As competitors and agents of change, we are called to engage with every person or experience that comes into our lives.  In writing this weekly newsletter, my goal is to engage with the TRIBE of Competitors.

We are looking for you as a member of the Community of Competitors to help all of us RESPOND in 2017 and ENGAGE in the process of choosing a word that you will live out for the calendar year.

This brings us to you.  What do you want out of 2017?  Over the next week, as you mindfully progress through your work on a daily basis, observe what is occurring and what you want for this year.  Forget the easily broken new year’s resolution and choose a word that provides clarity and direction for your life.  When you have decided on a word, email it to me, share it on social media with a message to me, or comment below with your word.

Check out the book that outlines the process of choosing one word: One Word the Will Change your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page

If you would like to receive this newsletter directly to your inbox, use the following link to join the Community of Competitors:

Community of Competitors Weekly Newsletter

Enjoy and grow throughout this week.

Yours in Competition,

Jeff Swarr

Chief Competition Officer

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How can you create OPTIMISM in 2017?

Optimism is defined as hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. 

– Google Dictionary definition

A competitor with an optimistic outlook hopes that in the future they will achieve the successful outcome they desire.  Hope however is not the driving force for them because in hoping for something to happen, we are implying that we have little control over its’ occurrence, that we are blindly throwing a dart at a dartboard and hoping to hit.

This hopefulness is combined with confidence.  The confidence the Heart of the Competitor establishes is based in their thoughts and actions that develop the confident mindset.  Confidence is taking action.  Confidence is being aware of the limitless possibilities that exist around us.  Maintaining awareness of these limitless possibilities allows the optimist to maintain this hope because they will allows be open and prepared when opportunity arises.

Optimism is a cycle, beginning with the belief in achievement as being possible, a hopefulness that all will work out, coupled with a confidence that when an opportunity arises, the competitor will act and achieve the successful outcome they desire.

Remember this: Optimism may be born with hope, but it is delivered with action.  The competitor’s actions and achievements will drive optimism, which will renew the belief within our mindset.  So, an optimist needs to act, even when they do not believe.  This action will lead to learning and the continual development of confidence in achievement.

Your goal for today: Renew your commitment to action; achievement will follow, allowing optimism to continually grow within you.

Question of the Day:

Write down one action you have been waiting to take.  Commit to taking this action today.  When you take this action be hopeful and open to all possibilities that will come from your action.

Each day is a competition and it is yours to win.