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Who is in Your Community of Competitors?

“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.


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.)


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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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How 1 Man had Mental and Physical Toughness with Love


A competitor LOVES competition, ENJOYS development, and maintains a CONFIDENT mindset.

Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini is the picture of toughness, the model of the Heart of the Competitor.  Laura Hillenbrand detailed Mr. Zamperini’s trials, tribulations, and ultimate victory in her best seller, Unbroken.  Louis Zamperini was the quintessential mischievous troublemaker when he grew up in Southern California.  He had a knack for finding trouble, until he discovered running was a way to focus himself and let out his frustrations.

His running prowess led him to the University of Southern California (USC) where enjoyed overwhelming success on the track.  In 1936 Louis was a member of the United States Olympic team, participating in the 5,000-meter race.  He ended with an eighth place finished, but the amazing part of his race was his last lap of 56 seconds, an unheard of accomplishment at that time.

As the United States became involved in World War II, Louis was a member of a flight squad.  On May 27, 1943, he and his crew departed from their base in Hawaii; their plane struggled and crashed in the Pacific Ocean.  Louis was one of three crewmen who survived the crash and survived on two rafts, floating aimlessly through the Pacific Ocean, surviving on food they were able to catch.  One of the crewmen died as they were floating, while Louie and the other crewman were captured as they came to the Marshall Islands after floating for 47 days at seas.  They were interned as Japanese Prisoners of War (POW) Camp.  Louie endured physical and mental torture that is indescribable and inhumane.

Eventually, Louie Zamperini’s POW Camp was liberated and he returned to the United States.  He struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and overcame this through his Christian faith, to lead a long and productive life, becoming an inspirational speaker and impacting people all over the globe.

Question of the Day:

Pick out a skill that you can work on and improve.  Commit to doing something daily for the next 47 days to improve this skill.  Each morning you wake up, envision Louis Zamperini surviving on a raft in the Pacific.

The level of commitment toward achieving a goal increases, when you share your goal.  Leave a comment below sharing your commitment.  The Community of Competitors will support you in your progress and growth.