Monthly Archives: May 2013

Motivational Monday!!

Second place gets behind on Monday’s.  Do you have what it takes for first?


What’s Faith?

Are you a faithful person?

The meaning of faith can fluctuate person to person; scenario to scenario.  But what does it mean to you?

So often faith is associated with God and/or religion.  Example of a definition from the dictionary:

“(1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion”

So many times when I am asked whether I am faithful, I answer, “No, not really.”  But, I am always thinking they are asking if I am religious, go to church, or believe in God.  (Not for or against religious views & I think I do believe in something but don’t necessarily know what it is. People should be able to believe or not believe in any God.  It should be their choice just like anything else in THEIR life – a whole nother topic)

Faith is also defined in the dictionary as:

“1: allegiance to duty or a person”

“2: firm belief in something for which there is no proof, complete trust”

You can ask any teammate that has ever played with me. I am a loyal member of the team.  No one cares more about the team than I am.  No one cares more for their teammates than I do.  In terms of personal relationships I am the same way.  Loyal.

For this post, I am more focused on that second definition.  This is what leads you to success in WHATEVER it is that you want to do.  A deep, genuine belief in something of which there is not YET proof.  Genuine faith, is how you accomplish B.A.G.s (Big Audacious Goals) – plural!

In 2009, I transferred to the University of Dubuque.  The team hadn’t won a conference championship in nearly 30 years.  In 2009, everyone who was still around in the fall of 2011, had genuine faith that we would be Conference Champions.  Man there were doubters.  There were doubters on the team; they weren’t there for the victories.  There were doubters on the campus; faculty & students.  So imagine who else was doubting us?  EVERYONE.

We didn’t care.

But there were many who also had the utmost genuine faith.  It was a belief, that we were going to be the best.  We were on the verge of cocky.  Actually, sometimes we actually crossed that line.  The University’s Board of Trustees, President, Athletic Director and our head coach, the rest of the coaching staff, the team and select few of the faculty and even fewer of the student population had faith.  That’s all it took.

The faith we possessed was evident.  Always saying, “when” not “if.”

In the fall of 2010, we went to Central College.  It was a horrible day; whether wise and on the field.  It was pouring. Half way through the third quarter we were down by what seemed like 1,000 points. Maybe it was that much. Some of our key guys were banged up, we were wounded dogs.

The refs ended up calling the game, after we sat in the locker room for the longest 60 minute delay of my life, due to a thunderstorm.  We got home that night and this is what I remember: We had already forgot about that game, it was history. Everyone KNEW, everyone said, everyone agreed, that in 2012 we would destroy them & win a Conference Championship.  Even though they were to return many key contributors from the team that just hours ago, manhandled us.

Come September 2012, we beat Central College 56-28 AND went on to win a Conference Championship, the first in 30 years for the University of Dubuque.

What I am starting to see is, faith, just like in sports, translates to the “real-world.”  You must work extremely hard but along with that, if you can already see it, if you already act like you have reached your goal; the light at the end of the tunnel grows.  That’s a lot of faith.

Yeah, I am faithful. And you should be too.

Motivational Monday!

It’s Monday again, the day that can determine a week.  Get after it!

Motivational Monday!

Who are you?  You are a champion!

Get up, get at ’em, because time doesn’t stop for you; not even on a Monday.

Why Successfull People ALWAYS Succeed

Ever have your best thoughts at night before bed?  All day you THINK you are tired but then you lay down, your mind starts cranking out ideas; thoughts and you just can’t sleep?

It’s just a mindset.  You weren’t tired all day.  You chose to feel that way.  For whatever reason you picked to be tired.  Thoughts are running through my head now.  So I’ll bring you this at 11 PM.

The hardest thing in life is to start something.  It’s hard on certain days for me to go workout, and l love working out.  But once I get there, get warmed up, get going; there are days I don’t want to stop.  Starting is the hardest part.  Starting.  We all have the potential, it is just turning it into the kinetic form that is toughest.

Why do successful people succeed in a majority of things they do?

Well for starters, you only notice successful people when they are successful, once they hold a certain prestige. Many people look at Steve Jobs and think, “Well isn’t he fortunate to be worth billions, man he was lucky,” but they never take the time to investigate the true cause of his success. (Read his book)

So once someone becomes successful, why do they normally stay that way?  When Richard Branson, or Elon Musk (if you don’t know their stories, please click their names) start new ventures they now turn to gold.

I think (I hate to say I think, because some people could careless what I think; then again this is my blog) they see the 40,000 foot view of EVERYTHING.  What do I mean?

To be successful for the very first time,  you have to climb a mountain.  I’m talking Mount Everest.  It is no easy feat.  Me, as a human being, I am a little ant on the ground compared to Mount Everest.  I can’t see the big picture yet, there is too much junk that is at my level, in my face, blocking the view of the master plan. Trees, bushes, the visitor center, people. I have the 5’10” point of view.  But as things start going my way, as I start to get small successes, I begin climbing that mountain.  Soon I have a 1,000 foot view.  I now know more, perhaps can see farther down the road, can see storms coming from a distance, but can’t yet see the entire road map.

Well, Richard Branson and Elon Musk have been so successful, as of now they are further ahead of me on the climb..  They can see the big picture very clearly.  Their point of view is so high (literally, they both are into space exploration) that they not only see the map, they conceptually understand all the details of the map.  They have the entire blue print spelled out for them letter by letter.  This puts them at huge advantages for their next venture.

Also, when you first start, you are among thousands, millions of people.  The further you make it, the less crowded it becomes.  When you are three-quarters of the way up, you are with survivors, you are with people of your like ability.  You have taken notice of them, they  have taken notice of you.  Every now and then you need partners, you need investors.  When you meet each other at the top, it’s a bit easier to find the right people, the best people.  Amongst the thousands, its TOUGH.  At the base of the mountain you might have thought you picked the best climbing mate the world has seen.  He’s 6’4″, looks strong as an ox, possesses a six-pack.  Not an ounce of fat on the man.  But is he mentally strong enough to keep going when his body gets sore.  When it starts to rain, and higher up when it starts to snow, what about when the air gets thinner and it’s tough to breath?  Is he scared of heights?  You see, It is hard to judge that person at the base of the mountain.  His true character will soon be revealed.  For those people, Forest’s momma was right, “life is like uh box uh choclates, ya never know whatcha gunna git.”

This is why if you can succeed once you most likely can succeed at anything you do.  This is why, if you make it to the pinnacle, but an avalanche takes you back to the base to be left even with the millions, you can and you know you will get back to the top.

It takes a tough person to get started.  It takes a tough person to make it passed the 100 foot, 1,000 foot even the 5,000 foot view.  The entire journey is a mindset.  But if you have the mindset to show up, and start, you are already ahead of 80% of the world.  It now comes down to toughness and desire and that desire better be burning.  Just get to that 40,000 foot view once, and my money is on you to do it again.