Achievement, value and uncommon excellence

“The distance between winning and losing is minuscule.”

If you’re committed to win, you must decide whether you go big or go home.  Few remember who placed second.  Few will remember that you were within a hair’s breadth of hitting the finish line first.

Winning is about engineering luck – where preparation meets opportunity.  It’s about maintaining the focus and tireless effort in anticipation of seizing the opportunity, crossing the line first.  The world rewards full, unconditional execution.  

You don’t need to finish first every time, but you do need to finish first enough times. Enough to cultivate, in the process of preparation and effort,  the person you wish to become –  that person of achievement and value and uncommon excellence.

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What are you feeding your mind?

“Habits creep up slowly.”

They start slow, and gain momentum.  Soon they are an embedded part of your life.

Are they a garden overflowing with delightful blooms, or a spreading patch of weeds?

Your mind acts upon and expands the thought patterns and habits you choose – whether good or bad.   Your mind works with whatever you feed it.  It’s up to you to stay self-aware.  What are you feeding your mind today?

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It matters

“Winning matters.”

The beauty of winning is in its transience.  That while you celebrate today’s win, tomorrow will arrive with a new challenge, another opportunity to put your heart on the line and take responsibility for what shows up in your life.

Love the struggle.  Love finding what lies at the outer reaches of your abilities, and then push beyond those boundaries.  Embrace the disappointment of losing as not only the chance to learn and become better, but a necessary part of your journey to greatness.

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Work at the edge

“Work at the edge of your abilities.”

And then push out from that edge.  That’s how you learn, you  grow, you expand your capabilities, you expand your world.  That’s how you bring greater value to yourself and your world.

One of the remarkable things about you is that when you step over the edge, you don’t fall off the edge of the world.  When you step over the edge you discover just how resourceful you are.  You find you are capable of learning more, and becoming more – more than you thought possible.

Until you choose to work at the edge, you’ll never know just how remarkable you can become.

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Let it all go

“Unbecome what’s not you.”

Why carry the extra load?  All that stuff that isn’t you – those personas of pretense, of negativity you have allowed into your life; the burdens of others you have assumed.

Let it all go.  Let it go because under all of that stuff is the more remarkable you waiting to be revealed.

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Your only chance…

“Never assume you know the odds of things.”

Because you don’t.   Even the experts get it wrong.  There is no foolproof process or certainty of outcome in anything.  All of life encompasses risk, the possibility of failure, the eventual certainty of death.

You can be as careful and circumspect as possible, and still lose.  Why not be bold and confident, and feel better about yourself on life’s journey?  Why not take reasonable risks and go for what you really want?  Why not reject and move beyond the fear of failure that’s holding you back?

The elephant in the room is that you and I will eventually die – whether we try to painstakingly work the odds and attempt to stay safe, or we step fearlessly forward.

Step up to life.  Move ahead in spite of the odds.  This life is, after all, your only chance to be a badass.

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Sometimes you just need a friend

“You don’t need to know CEOs and billionaires.  Sometimes you just need a friend who knows different things than you do.”  – Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

Why stay ignorant?  Why not just ask?

You are surrounded by people with knowledge, experience and wisdom.  They may not have Ivy League credentials and homes in the Hamptons, but why should that matter if they can help, if they can share what you really need?

Knowledge is a level playing field, with no economic and social boundaries.  Is it time to reach out, to cultivate genuine connections, and learn from the friend standing next to you?

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Make it happen

“Don’t outthink.  Outdo.”

Because there will always be someone smarter than you, but not someone who works harder than you.

Thoughts are cheap, ideas a dime a dozen.  Nothing happens until thoughts become effort, ideas become execution.

Don’t just think about it, make it happen.

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It’s about 360, not 180

“Don’t be a superior planner and inferior doer.”

Excellence is about living 360, not 180.

You achieve because you take the time to dream, take the time to plan, and then take the time to act – deliberately, with full intent.

Pen to paper is but the first step.  Then comes the difficulty, the full engagement, the hard work and sustained effort.  Too many are slackers; they lack grit and persistence.  They miss out on the full reward for work well done, and settle for pocket change instead of a big payday.

But not you.

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All it takes is all you’ve got

“I’m an achiever, not just a dreamer.” – Magnus Christian

All it takes is all you’ve got.  Dreams and vision boards and affirmations become real when you choose to achieve, when you choose to act.

If you want to possess your dreams, you have to stretch, you have to move beyond thinking about good ideas.  You have to give your ideas traction and get them moving.

The recipe for achievement is fairly simple.  You design your dream, you create your goals, and then you work hard, really hard – you give it all you’ve got.  You have to be more than just a dreamer.

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