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An Investment Tip

“How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.”

– David Norris, Irish Scholar

Time is an expensive currency.  Many people view money as their greatest form of payment or currency because it is tangible.  If I go to the store and buy a new pair of shoes, I have paid money and in return I have the shoes that I purchased in hand, a tangible product in return for my money.  When I go out to eat with my wife, we have had the experience of having a wonderful meal together and we have those tangible feelings of good food and fellowship.

When we are concerned about money and that is our focus, we can always make more of it.  We may have to do more work to make more money, but there is always a way to make more money.  However, when we spend time doing something, we cannot get that time back, it has been spent.  So we ask our selves this question:  Are we spending our time or are we investing our time?

The Heart of the Competitor INVESTS their time.  An investment is based on deposits and allowing the deposit to work for you, so it pays off down the road.  The Heart of the Competitor makes the deposits in the competitive bank during practice, strength and conditioning, pre-game preparation, mental conditioning, and every other opportunity there is to improve performance.  These deposits are made with their time, so a withdrawal can be made during competition.

So the question becomes:

Will you focus on investing your time and making deposits?

or

Will you spend your time and have nothing in your trust fund during competition?

Question of the Day:

What did you do today to INVEST your time?

 

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Q: What does 2015 hold? A: Nobody knows.

“There is no limit to self-improvement.”

– Jeff Swarr

 We have no idea how good we can be. Because we have no idea how good we can be, we must soldier onward and work to push our limits every single day. When we drive our limits forward every day we will see improvement and growth. The Heart of the Competitor realizes this growth will be incremental and even microscopic. Competitors must develop their hearts and minds. What are you doing to develop yourself? What are you doing on a daily basis to push your limits? This must be part of our routine as competitors.

As you wake, spend 15 minutes each day on development of your mindset, your inner being. Your inner being is not connected to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, your inner being is about the development of your mind. If you are reading this piece, you are committed to being an elite competitor. This commitment is a daily commitment; you must sell yourself to yourself everyday. When you commit 15 minutes to your mindset everyday, you are developing a mental toughness that will seep throughout your world. Choose a book and commit to reading it for 15 minutes every morning. If you are having trouble doing it for 15 minutes, start with 5, then progress to 10, and eventually you will reach 15 minutes. By choosing to read for 15 minutes a day, you are committing to read about a book a month, thus in a year you would have read at least 12 books. Imagine the improvement and lessons your Heart of a Competitor will gain from reading 12 books in a year.

This is the beginning of your self-improvement that has no limits. In order to be an elite competitor, an elite teammate, you must be an elite you, an elite individual. Self-improvement is not about being elite when you start, for each elite competitor was once a beginner, must you must start in order to become elite.

In November of 2013, I decided that I would read The Holy Bible. I had researched the one-year readers and decided that was too much and did not allow for digestion of what was read. Since November of 2013, reading an average of 2 Chapters a day, I have completed the New Testament and am through Isaiah Chapter 10. The Holy Bible is the best performance enhancement/mental toughness book around. There is a verse in Ecclesiastes that reminds us to focus on the present moment: Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come? Ecclesiastes 8:7 NIV We do not know how good we can be, we do not know the future, nor does anyone else, so we can commit to becoming our best and pushing forward with our development.

Focus on your present moment, engaging in developing yourself in 2015.

Question of the Day:

What is the first book you will commit to reading?

In addition to the Holy Bible, I am currently reading The Hinge by Dr. Rob Bell.

Comment below with your first read of 2015.

 

 

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Determined to Create a Masterpiece

 

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.”

 – Thomas Fuller, Author and Historian

Determination is not based on one action or one situation. Determination does not occur for an instant and fade into the background. Determination extends over a long period of time and pushes the competitor to accomplish great things. These great accomplishments are works of art that take focus and attention to create. According to legend, it took Leonardo Da Vinci four years to create and complete the Mona Lisa.

 

Determination is the commitment to the process over a long period of time. Da Vinci was determined to create a masterpiece and he did. He created a masterpiece that has been around for over 500 years. This invincible determination allowed Da Vinci to be an exceptional artist.

 

The Heart of the Competitor maintains their determination over a long period of time. They expect there to be bumps in the road that will require persistence and action. Any fear that is experienced is a bump in the road; any failure that is experienced is a turn on the road that is the journey. The true Heart of the Competitor keeps the gas pedal pushed down and consistently keeps the car moving forward. This is determination.

 

Today, choose to be determined that one action, one situation will not define you as a competitor, realizing that it is a daily occurrence over a long period of time, that demonstrates the invincible determination that allows great things to occur and be accomplished.

 

Question of the Day:

 What are you doing on a daily basis that will allow you to accomplish something great four or more years from now?