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