“Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need hard work because it’s such a tough atmosphere. You need togetherness because you don’t always win and you gotta hang tough together.”
– Tony Dungy, football coach
Mental toughness is never a one-man band. Mental toughness is developed through a consistent and persistent march to self-satisfaction that you are working hard on a daily basis and anything that life throws at you is the best way for you to improve and learn.
In the above quote, Tony Dungy calls to our minds the tough atmosphere. He is not just referring to football, the game he played and coached, and he is also referring to the arena of competition as a tough atmosphere. The Heart of a Competitor views each day as an opportunity to compete against themselves and improve, which takes hard work AND to surround yourselves with other people that have the Heart of a Competitor. This togetherness which Dungy references is this known as the ”Community of Competitors.”
One of the top ways to develop mental toughness is to surround yourself with people of the same competitive drive. In the development of a team with toughness, togetherness will drive the consistent and persistent march toward greatness.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Do individuals that deserve to belong to a “Community of Competitors” surround you?
What can you do to increase the competition of those around you? (This will ultimately increase your mental toughness and competitive drive.)
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.
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
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Enjoy and grow throughout this week.
Yours in Competition,
Chief Competition Officer
Taking a team and making it a TRIBE includes taking the conflict that occur within a team and using it become closer. Great TRIBES are close and connected, check out how we do this in this short video.
Imagine what can happen when you build connection within your team to become a TRIBE. It’s so simple, it might surprise you: