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Whatever You See You Will Be

“Whatever we see, will be.”

Humans have the innate ability to see a future and achieve it. Before we actually achieve something, we have either visualized doing it and achieving it, or had a dream of actually doing it. In essence, our dreams, the visualized successes, become our reality, which also means, our nightmares, the visualized failures, can also become reality.

Bill Buckner is an example of a visualized failure becoming a reality. The date is October 9, 1986 and the Boston Red Sox are preparing for the World Series. Buckner is the starting 1st baseman for the Red Sox and is being interviewed about the upcoming World Series. Buckner provides the following glimpse of what would happen 16 days later, when he says the following:

“The dreams are that you’re gonna have a great series and win. The nightmares are that you’re gonna let the winning run score on a ground ball through your legs. Those things happen, you know. I think a lot of it is just fate.”

On October 25, 1986, Buckner’s nightmare came to fruition, when he left a slow ground ball off the bat of Mookie Wilson go through his legs, allowing the winning run to score in Game 6, which forced a Game 7 of the World Series the New York Mets would win.

Look at Buckner’s quote above; he did not visualize a “great” World Series. He spent little time on the “great” series, but he vividly described his nightmare. In visualizing, we must vividly see our dreams, vividly see our successes, the actual process that we will go through to be successful. What does a great series look like? For the baseball player, it looks like having a quality at-bat every time to the plate.

To be something, first we must SEE ourselves being something. If I want to be a mentally tough athlete with the Heart of a Competitor, I must see myself as a mentally tough athlete in control with the Heart of a Competitor.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What success can you see yourself accomplishing?

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A Competitor’s Heart is UNLIMITED

The only limits are those that we place on ourselves. Humans remind themselves why they should not be doing something or why it will be difficult to accomplish. We create reasons why we should step aside and maintain the status quo.

The Heart of the Competitor fights the status quo mentality. The Heart of the Competitor does not settle and accept what is. They understand what is and pursue what they want. The Heart of the Competitor does not impose limitations on what they do and what they are able to accomplish.

To fight the thought of limitations, the Heart of the Competitor creates a daily plan for moving forward. Not just creating a list of things to accomplish in a day, but a consistent movement forward to push the limits. What will you accomplish today? What are you going to do to propel yourself through any limits that you or anyone else has tried to place upon you?

Remind yourself on a daily basis that you are pushing past the possible into the impossible. The Heart of the Competitor says, “I’m possible.” Whatever you can create or visualize in your mind, you can accomplish and achieve.

Question of the Day:

 What are the limitations that you have imposed upon yourself that you need to break through?

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Lean In to the Resistance

Every person has some form of self-talk they engage in.  A conversation in your mind that will drive you to achieve success and pushing forward or will find reason why you cannot be successful, causing inaction and passiveness.  These reasons that can be created in our mind as to why we should stop and not move forward with a project or an idea are resistance.  Resistance can come in many different shapes and forms.  The resistance or pushback may come from outside of you in the naysayers that drag you down and say it cannot be done.  The pushback may come in events that are “perceived” as a reason why we should not push forward.  The pushback may come from within your mind, reasons developed without basis as to why you should stop.

The Heart of the Competitor welcomes this resistance as a challenge to grow and become more.  This pushback is essential to discovering the limitless resources that are located within the Heart of the Competitor.  The Heart of the Competitor engages in positive self-talk and pushes their mind to the reasons why they will be successful in their endeavors, destroying any push-back they may experience.  Average people in the world will talk not only their own mind out of doing anything and being anything, but they will also attempt to drag others down from doing anything and being anything.  The Heart of the Competitor destroys those people, destroys that pushback and uses it as momentum to accomplish great things.

The negativity that others and even your own self-talk will provide is akin to the stretching of a rubber band.  A rubber band is only useful when it is stretched to its’ maximum length.  The rubber band is performing to its’ full capabilities when it is stretched and at this full-length, it is experiencing maximum resistance.  When it is let go at this maximum resistance, it does its’ greatest work.

Question of the Day:

What is the greatest resistance or push back you have experienced?  How have you found a way to overcome it?

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Built for Excellence

“To me, defeat in anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.”

– Bruce Lee, Author, Philosopher, and Actor

Having the Heart of the Competitor means you are called to view competition and defeat differently than society would push upon us. Society and even the quote from Bruce Lee above pushes our thoughts toward defeat as losing against an external opponent. The competition is not against the external opponent; the competition is with yourself and the obstacles the external opponent presents. The Heart of the Competitor desires to compete with the best opponents they can because of the increased challenges and obstacles these opponents represent. As a result of being pushed to these increased obstacles, the Heart of the Competitor finds out more about themselves and their skills.

The goal of competition is to learn about ourselves, our skills, and areas we are strong in, and ways we can improve. We are limitless, we were born into this world without limits and as we grow and develop, we begin to place limits on ourselves. The Heart of the Competitor unlearns these limits. The Heart of the Competitor pushes the limits they have placed upon themselves over time and breaks through to accomplish great things.

If we are “defeated” or we lose an external competition, review the competition and the obstacles that were presented during this competition. What obstacles or skills held you back? What strengths can you use to overcome these obstacles? Utilize the learning gained from this competition to push forward and leap over the hurdles that you have placed in your life.

Question of the Day:

What is one “hurdle” or limit you have placed in your life? How are you going to leap over this hurdle?

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Big Thinking Leads to Big Doing

In his book The Magic of Thinking Big, Dr. David Schwartz provides twelve statements that contrast a “petty thinker’s” approach with a “big thinker’s” approach. His 4th statement focuses on the future and is as follows:

Petty Thinker:          Views the future as limited.

Big Thinker:             Sees the future as very promising.

The Heart of the Competitor sees the future, understands the promise of the future and pursues this promising future every single day. The promising future pushes the limits of what is currently and while doing this, achieves unbelievable and unimaginable dreams.

 

You are this person, you are the BIG THINKER and because you see the future as promising, you act to make it happen. You have the Heart of the Competitor and you consistently and persistently march forward to make your future a reality. In those moments when doubt creeps into your mind, your faith kicks it out with vengeance. You choose to live and compete with faith, stomping out any fear like a whack-a-mole.

 

The promising future that you envision must be followed with the work and attention to detail to accomplish this future, pushing yourself to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile everyday. In pushing to achieve a difficult and worthwhile objective you are developing the promising future your Heart of a Competitor desires.

 

Be a BIG THINKER.

 

Question of the Day:

 

What reminders will you place in your life to remind yourself and remember the future is promising?

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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.