Wearing a collar to work used to carry with it implications that you were prepared, committed, focused, professional, etc.
Now, you look at some of the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet, and they wear white t-shirts to work, grow big beards, and take lots of silly selfies for instagram (Mark Zuckerberg).
Do they not care? Are they not committed? Is there a cap on their potential?
Some financial moguls have minimized their closet to single color t-shirts and pants in an attempt to make the daily dress-up routine even more efficient.
It’s clear that style has taken a back seat to productivity. Do not take that for granted. Especially in America, we reward outcomes, critical path thinking, and taking action over a person’s general appearance.
Everyone can LOOK the part, but can you PLAY the part?
Appearance can get you a seat at the table, but results are what gives you the credibility to speak up, and maybe even get invited back.
Whether you are a “blue-collar” or “white-collar” worker, just remember, it’s more about the quality of your work than it is about how you look while doing it. Sure, you have to meet standards when it comes to physical appearance at various jobs, but don’t let that become the identity and focal point of your career and work.
Take a single step.
Write down a late night thought.
Phone an old friend.
Read 2 pages in a book.
Drink 1 less beer.
Go to sleep 1 hour earlier.
If you can’t run a mile, run down the street and back.
If you can’t be joyful to everyone you interact with, just be joyful to 1 person each day.
Do not be intimidated by your ideals. Like a building is a culmination of bricks, your progress is a culmination of small choices. From where you are now, to the future you desire, is just a series of progressional inches.
It is easier to be consistent (which matters) when you don’t expect too much of yourself.
MANY INCHES > ZERO MILES
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years go. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese Proverb
Love you all.
What are you asking yourself in 2018?
Some people make resolutions. Lists. Some commit to a diet, or a workout plan, or a shift in values.
Those are wonderful.
They’re usually averagely effective, however, without the proper mindset.
It is only minimally correlated to the plans made or the goals set.
It is about whether or not you are prepared to make changes at all.
Where is your head at?
Are you willing to sacrifice?
Are you willing to humbly address your short-comings?
Are you willing to make changes?
This year, focus your lens on those questions first, and make sure that you can answer them, before you “go Paleo” or buy a gym membership.
Oh, by the way, it is the year 2 0 1 8 .
Take a moment to think about what it means to be alive right now, at this time.
Be awesome in 2018. I love you all.
Individual opportunities are TIME-SENSITIVE and FINITE.
They come and go quickly, like lightning. The difference? We’ve debunked the myth about lightning never striking in the same spot twice. Opportunity, on the other hand, is one and done.
Bad news: An opportunity not taken does not have a neutral effect. It is a net loss. After 5 years of not acting on opportunities, you will not break even. It is failure. The sum of consistent bad decisions lands you somewhere short of your desired outcome. Maybe it’s worth lowering the expectations that you created for yourself. Maybe not. Nonetheless, we all have an ideal lifestyle that we aim for. Every time lightning strikes and you don’t find a way to bottle it, your future, better-self, winces in agony.
Good news: The flow of opportunities is never-ending. While no one opportunity will ever resurface a second time the same, it’s purposeless to dwell on having missed a single one. There are fresh opportunities sandwiched between each passing moment of our busy lives. Your next opportunity might be more powerful than the previous. It also might not be. Opportunity is one of the most uncertain, uncontrollable contributors to our lives, it is not to be taken lightly. Be prepared to take action. The next chance is your best chance.
Infinite opportunities, finite amount of time to act on each one, and never knowing the difference.
No matter how predictable an outcome, you will only ever know the results of made choices. You can never truly quantify the positive or negative implications of passing on an opportunity, but one things is certain:
In choosing to ACT ON OPPORTUNITY, success is as viable as failure, so you might as well try.
This post is about: #family, #holidays, #stresstips | Read time: 3 min
If you have the perfect family, and the perfect life, disregard this blog and go enjoy your break.
If you’re like the majority, where dealing with family and travel adds some level of unnecessary stress over the holidays, this might help:
- MODERATION: Reminisce, indulge in laughter, stuff yourself with joy, but in all else, keep moderation in mind. “Too much” means something different to all of us, so be sound in your own judgement. People frequently regret eating too much, drinking too much, arguing too much, etc. The holidays are a time to relax your standards, but gluttony rarely results in happiness.
- COMPOSURE: Family can test your patience. Stay composed. Travel adversity can break you down. Stay composed. Negative emotions multiply quickly. Stay composed.
- AUTONOMY: You are not your family. You are an individual part of your family. This should resonate specifically with young adults still struggling to find an identity of their own. You are not your parents. You are not your grandparents. Staying respectful and cognizant of your families culture is essential, but not at the cost of your own well-being. If it means renting an AirBnb instead of sleeping on a blowup mattress next to your snoring uncle, or sneaking out with your fiance for a drink when everyone else is bickering, TAKE CARE OF YOU FIRST! Unhealthy habits are NOT something that you need to partake in just because your family considers it normal. You do you. You can’t bring joy to others when, personally, you feel miserable.
- BE PRESENT: Put your phone away. Engage in conversation. Show some interest in people. You’d be shocked how much pertinent wisdom your family members can share with you. It feels good to detach from pop culture for a bit, really, it does.
- PERSPECTIVE: When you really think about it, holiday gatherings are the most (and maybe only) memorable times that you’ll have with family. Make the most of it while you can. At the end of the day, you have the luxury of going back to your own routine soon enough. Family is about sacrifice. Make others smile, even if it’s at your own expense. It’s not about you. We all fight our own battles. Showing empathy can give you great perspective with your family. Don’t boil over when you start to get heated. Put it on low and simmer down. Bite the bullet. Hold your tongue. Smile more. Even if it takes some fortitude, be the light for your family this holiday season. Odds are, some of them might be having as hard a time hanging out with you as you are with them 😉 You might even find common ground there, haha. Spread love, I hear it’s contagious this time of year.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE
LOVE OVER EVERYTHING,
You cannot be all things to all people.
You can, however,
and be inclusive
You cannot be all things to all people,
but there are no prerequisites to be any of these things, every single day, to everyone you encounter.
And that’s pretty close to being all things to all people.
This post is about: #collegebasketball, #holidaybreak, #practice | Read time: 2 min
Most college basketball (CBB) players won’t even take the time to read this. Odds are, if you’ve clicked on the link, you’re a coach or a fan.
MOST players will make poor choices over the holiday break. FEW will not. Those few will reap the benefits later.
For those that do not know the process, here it is. Once final exams are finished, usually first or second week of December, college basketball players practice, travel, and play throughout the break, which usually lasts about 3-4 weeks. They only get a few days to celebrate the Holidays. This is their time to live like a professional player, something that many players aspire to and CLAIM that they are working toward, but few are willing to stay disciplined enough to achieve.
Here are the primary mistakes that college hoopers will make this Holiday Break.
- NO CLASS, NO ROUTINE – late nights, late mornings, less rhythm, more groggy, more sleepy, and less focused. Routine can be a good thing. Sloth and negativity tend to creep into an idle mind. KEEP A ROUTINE!
- PARTY TIME – pretty self explanatory here. Drinking destroys your body. Staying up late destroys your body. Eating fast food destroys your body. If you finished finals week and you’ve got M-F party plans, your game is going to suffer. Priorities. Check out this article about how Drinking effects your performance.
- “I CAN NAP LATER” – Naps are great, but they don’t replace your normal sleep cycles. Just because you don’t have to get up for class doesn’t mean you should stay up all night. You’re muscles do not recover properly, you become injury prone, your energy levels go down, and your level of alertness come game time will suffer. Do not stay up till 3am now just because you don’t have 8am class. Sleep is your charger. Most of you wouldn’t walk 15 feet out your dorm without a phone charger in your bag. Why would you not want to recharge your body if that’s what is giving you a scholarship. This is something that pros begin to understand very well as they get older and need that sleep just to function. Holiday break is a time to catch up on sleep, not get behind. Check out this article from Fatigue Science.
- DID NOT IMPROVE – this is a choice, and it largely sums up the other points. If you do not take advantage of your free time, you are falling behind. BREAK SHOULD BE FUN! But if you have goals and dreams of dancing come March, THIS HOLIDAY BREAK SHOULD BE SEEN AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REST, RELAX, and IMPROVE! Get in the gym and master a skill that you’ve been struggling with. Or if you’ve been turning the ball over, go to the gym and do some handling drills. Free throws are another great thing to work on over break. A telltale sign that your team took the holiday break seriously (or not) is when you see the FT% change during that time. It should go up slightly. More time to work…
It’s a simple game. You get out of it what you put in. Those who want it bad enough will be working toward a Championship in March.
You do not plant a tomato seed in the morning and eat tomatoes that night.
Plant some seeds this break. Feast in March.
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