Basketball season is in full swing and I have begun another season of practices with my team. Each year I look at my guys and I have to assess our strengths and weaknesses, and determine what our scheme for the season will be. I always ask the question, “Why should we win?”
“Make A Decision!”
What does it mean to make a decision?
The English word decision comes from a Latin word that literally means “to cut off”. When you make a decision you are cutting off all other possibilities.
How many times have you decided to do something only to go back on it? Have you ever decided to start exercising, to go on a diet, to go to bed earlier, to get up earlier, to get to work earlier, to be more patient, to spend less money, to save more money, to keep your house more organized?
You are what you repeatedly do.
One of my all time favorite quotes is from Aristotle who said, “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act, but a habit.”
What is it you repeatedly do? Your actions day in and day out define who you are more than anything else. It’s not your intentions that determine who you are, but your actual daily habits. Your habits are what determine your growth and the quality of your life.
Mistakes and failures are a part of life. Albert Einstein said, “The man who never made a mistake never made anything.”
Do you let fear of failing hold you back? Have you ever made a mistake and just weren’t able to move past it? Mistakes are proof that you are trying, and trying and failing is much better than never trying in the first place.
Change your thinking, change your life.
It’s true you can change your life by changing how you think. It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you change the quality of your thoughts, you will eventually change the quality of your life.
Too many people think their circumstances need to change for their life to change. The truth is, your circumstances are a byproduct of your thinking and your decisions.
One of my favorite tales is of an old Eskimo fisherman who owned two dogs. One was a black dog, the other was white. He trained these two dogs to fight on command and on Saturday’s he’d take his two dogs to the town square to fight. The townspeople would gather around and he would always take bets as to which dog would win the fight.
If you’re like me you have times when you are overwhelmed with everything on your plate. In these moments you need a plan to make sure you are productive and getting ahead, rather than feeling like you are losing ground.
Below are 10 quotes and 3 simple steps to help you win the battle in getting stuff done!
Having a game plan is crucial to success. No winning team would ever head into battle without being prepared with a plan of attack.
A game plan puts you on the offense, rather than being defensive and reactionary. Victory usually comes to the team that is aggressive and takes initiative. A game plan allows a team to be organized in their plan.