It Takes Everything To Win!

It Takes Everything To Win!
It Takes Everything To Win!
In my many years of studying personal human behavior, I have discovered that a person, in and of himself, cannot determine how far they can go or how much they can take. Neither, can they determine the extent to which they are willing to sacrifice, without something or someone coercing them to either their breaking point, or their refusal to break point. When you are pushed and shoved to exceed your personal limits, it demonstrates how your personal boundaries are not necessarily determined by you, as much as by your willingness to triumph against the person or challenge that is poised to conquer you.


Your internal drive and determination to win in life, sports, or business is not accelerated by the limits you have set, but by the challenge that pushes you to reposition the line of your capability, just to overcome. This is usually the story behind every great person who discovered that the boundary they set was only established because they had no opponent or challenge to impel them to reestablish their limits.

There can be no victories without encountering conflict. Whoever concedes to the pressures of life or the abilities of their competitor, cannot exceed the limits they have personally set for themselves.

As I watched game seven of the NBA 2013 Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, I saw both teams display resilience and mental toughness throughout the course of the game. My thought was that a loss on either side would come down to one individual breaking down during the last seconds of the game. I thought the person that mentally breaks down and creates mistakes would not be a person who is not a good player, but one who has not consistently played well throughout the series. Unfortunately, that player was Manu Ginobili. The collage of negative thoughts that bombard a person after a poor performance, whether in life, sports or business, has but one aim—and that aim is to discourage and batter you until you find yourself rehearsing the mistakes that you are so desperately trying not to repeat.

Whether a team wins or loses, it is still a team. However, the individual role player on that team who isn’t mentally hungry and composed enough to want to do anything and everything to win, will allow their opponent to push them to move their mental and physical limitation, and they are just as responsible for the team’s loss as the team itself.

I heard LeBron James in an interview after winning the seventh game of the NBA 2013 Finals say, “The Spurs are a great team that pushed us to new limits.” In a nutshell, what LeBron James was saying was that his internal hunger to defeat the San Antonio Spurs became more intense during the game. It made him play smarter and harder than he’s ever played, dig deeper inside himself than he’s ever internally dug, and fight harder than he’s ever fought before.

My friend, this is what champions are made of. You will never realize how great you can be until you become hungrier to succeed than you are fearful to fail.

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What’s The Big Idea?

What’s Your Next Big Idea?
It’s Not Every Day That You Come Up With…

Today, I would like for you to cross the threshold of mediocrity. I want you to stop playing it safe and move from the middle of the road onto your side of the road. Then, as you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away the map your relatives and friend told you to buy and begin to chart your own course.

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Why Great Leaders Are Great Team Players

Team PlayersYour Opportunity For Success Is About To Expire If You Don’t Do This ONE Thing!

Are You A Part Of A Team, Or A Part Of The Problem Causing A Team To Fall Apart? Being able to touch your dream is the consequence of pulling together people who can help you live it. Have you ever met someone who seems to have all the qualities for getting a job done, but they lack the essentials to pull together quality people to help them complete the work they’ve started. This is when the cleverness and resourcefulness of a good leader should come into play. Understanding one’s own gift is important, but recognizing and knowing how to incorporate the gifts of others is extremely important. No “one man” can do any job alone.

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Gifting, Training or Both

There are many things during your lifetime that will capture your eye and pull your attention, but only a few things will seize your heart and encapsulate your dreams. These quality traits of life are necessary to pursue because they are designed to create balance and wholeness. Be careful of what you say to yourself because you will respond to whatever you say. It is not as critical to know who you presently are, as much as it is for you to know who you want to be.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

~George Bernard Shaw

I am personally acquainted with people who have exceptional oratory skills-some are professional speakers, others are clergymen, some are CEOs and people in top managerial positions, and yet, these well-trained and qualified speakers rave about me having a magnetic gift to communicate. I am astonished at their personal admiration, but sometimes I cannot help and wonder if the adoration is for my so-called gift of gab or for the words I share that seem to narrow in on the innermost recesses of the listener’s heart. Personally, I survey my speaking as imparting which I view as entirely different from one who simply eloquently articulates.

What is your gift? Do you believe you have a gift? Can you identify what your gift is? Do you believe that your gift needs no additional grooming? I believe everyone has a special gifting, but not everyone is as talented as others. Many people can sing, but there aren’t as many that can lead a song. Now, we can it narrow down to those who can be the lead on a song, but only a few have a special gift to sing with such emotion that they inherently move their audience to tears. Identifying your gift or talent is relative to how you train. Those who can recognize their ability can employ the right person to help them develop it.

It is difficult to know who you want to be until you see what you can actually do. Michael Jordan almost forgot who he wanted to be because of the death of his father. After Michael Jordan’s father pasted, he returned to his childhood desire of playing baseball which was spurred by his father’s passion. Michael had only a desire to play baseball, but his father had a passion for the game. After MJ went to the baseball minor league and miserably failed at playing the game, he became absolutely certain of his deep passion to play basketball. For those who watched him while he won his individual basketball accolades and his six national basketball championships (two three-peats), he became ‘the’ Michael Jordan.

Lack and limitation can only exist when we make room for them in our mind.

~Bob Proctor

When you plan to be who you want to be, you do not plan for incidentals. You work to develop your gift and passion. Life is a series of lessons, which must be lived to be understood. Motivation is the engine to move you to start your dream, but habit is the oil that keeps your engine lubricated and operating smoothly.

There is a Champion in You

There is a Champion that live inside of you. Discover how to unleash your inner Champion.

It’s your turn to rise up and live the kind of life that you were destined to live. Your real challenge in life is not the apparent competition of your opponent or your obvious temptation, which is simply your natural animalistic appetites that must be deliberately controlled, but rather to face yourself daily and measure yesterday’s passion for victory against today’s apathy. There will come a time in your life when what once came easy must be challenged by discovering new ways to muster up the desire and the passion to want to further develop your skills and/or character into something greater. The strength from yesterday is insufficient for tomorrow’s victory. Opposition is a natural part of life.

Failure is a part of Success

You must not be afraid to fail. Do not waste your energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It is okay to fail, but it is not okay to stay down on your back. If you are not experiencing some failure in life, you are not growing. The challenge of change is always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges confronting us and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. Although it is okay to fail, you should remember that failure is not natural, but it is necessary. Failure is simply an indication that you have not gone far enough, searched deep enough, stayed long enough or sacrificed all for the sake of discovering that unimaginable treasure within you.

DANGER: Comfort Zone Ahead

What often happens to people is that they easily settle into a zone of comfort because they believe that they have proven enough things to people. Many people successfully close their eyes to their personal defeats by concentrating on corporate battles. Therefore, their daunting task is unfinished because they fail to prove things to themselves. A comfort zone is an agreed upon limit which confronts you to stretch beyond it. Your mind will resist the challenge because your mind and body have gone into retirement. You will always know your limits because your comfort zone dictates it to you. You should never attempt to build a monument of your accomplishments when movement is still required of you.

Weakness Can Lead To Strength

One of the greatest strengths that a person can display is his or her vulnerability. Your susceptibility is not your prison but rather your freedom. You cannot climax while you have already climaxed. To display a weakness is necessary to capture your strength. In fact, it is impossible to be strong all the time or your enemy will easily out strategize you. Your weakness will cause your enemy to relax his defenses, which gives you a chance attack and win.

Be Careful & Pay Attention

Be careful of who you pay attention to when you are in the midst of a personal battle. The people who pretend that they have all the answers about what you should do, have no history of accomplishments. Their advice to you is simply to overcompensate for their own weakness and to mask their lack of character. You can rise up without their so-called-advice. Just because you are experiencing some problems in life, it is not an indication that you are doing something wrong. On the contrary, you are most likely doing something right. Rise up to the challenge and allow the champion in you to come forth.