Priorities Equal Success

Priorities are key to a solid foundation.

When I sit back and think of my years as a collegiate athlete, I remember all of the great times I had.  Those great times that are in my thoughts are also the same times that caused my ultimate goal to dwindle.

I was a player who wanted to play professionally.  I never wanted anything more than that, or so that is what I kept telling myself.  But the fact of the matter is that my everyday rituals were not matching up with my dreams I wanted to achieve.

For example, often I chose to hang with a girl over working on my weaknesses.  Or I hit the party on a Thursday night instead of watching film to better my knowledge of my game and what I needed to work on.  You see, I was just going through life wishing.  I never really put my 100% towards my dream of playing professionally because my priorities were not aligned with my goals.

If you were to make a list of the top 3 things I focused on while in college, it would go as follows:

  1. Girls
  2. Hanging with the guys
  3. Working on my game

Sadly, school work wasn’t even in my top three.  And for over 2 years after my college career was over, it was a struggle to figure out what it was that I wanted to do.  There is no coincidence in that.

How can we expect to reach our goal without putting in the necessary work towards it, each and every day?  The fact that we dream big is not enough.  The work is where the rubber meets the road.  If you look at my priorities as a player you will probably guess what I got pretty good at by the end of my college life.  I was excellent at socializing and being the guy who could get the girls.  I don’t say that to brag, but rather to illustrate that the top priorities will manifest for you in due time.  I even got a couple of offers to play overseas and in Mexico, but nothing that was worth it.  Imagine if my number 3 priority was my number 1??

Take a minute to think about what it is you want, and put that on the left side of a piece of paper.  Now on the right side of the paper put the top 5 things it would take to achieve those goals.  On a separate piece of paper put the top 5 things that you focus on currently.  Chances are if you have not reached your goal those two lists of priorities are not going to match up.

When I talk with people about working out, the first thing they tell me is that they do not have the time to work out.  The honest answer to this is if you want it, you will do it.  Whatever are your top priorities you will do.  When I weighed 210 lbs. as a college coach, my priorities involved recruiting players, breaking down films, and helping run practices.  Working out was not on my list.  When I was fed up with how I felt, working out took the top spot on my list of priorities – and guess what?  I found time!  You make time for the things you want to do.  Working out is not fun for most people, and because that lack of fun exists in their minds, they rationalize with the excuse of “I can’t find time.”

The day of achieving your goal is made real by clearly identifying and steadfastly sticking to your priorities.  In the next topic we will focus on Perseverance.  No one said it is going to be easy to accomplish your dreams.

Until Next Time

Keep Running

Perception

It’s not what you do, it is how you do it, and it’s not what happens but how we perceive it.

In order to wrap our heads around the concept of no alarm clocks, and being able to wake up earlier with ease, we have to talk about perception.

Everyone in this world is faced with doing things that they do not want to do.  Everyone has had tough moments like being stuck in the wrong job or playing on a team and never getting off the bench. It is in those moments that we need to understand that we are closer than ever to finding happiness.

I know, I know, I sound crazy! But think about it. The most successful people have had absolutely nothing when starting out. So what was it that made them able to succeed?  Yes, they had a dream, and they never lost sight of the dream. But if you really examine moments in their lives when things were not so good, they always found ways to make things better. They found a way to make the people around them better, and found fun in anything that they were doing. They linked the obstacles and hard times to a purpose that would help put them closer to their dreams.

Take 50 Cent, for example. After being shot 9 times, he was viewed as too dangerous, and Columbia Records took his deal away from him. It wasn’t bad enough he almost died, and lost knuckles and pieces of his tongue, his record deal that he had worked so hard for was taken away.

No doubt he was crushed, but he perceived it a different way. In his book, The 50th Law, he explains that it was just meant for him to have no limitations on his music. By him not having to deal with a company only meant he could do things his way. Well, as you know, he did do it his way, and became pretty successful.

50 Cent perceived it differently than most. Instead of playing the victim, he found a way to play the victor. Now I don’t know about you, but I cannot say that Life has knocked me on my butt any harder than 50 Cent was knocked on his. We make our problems as big or small as we want them to be.

50 Cent, along with all the other Runners of the world, had something more than just perception going for him. Next topic we are going to talk about Passion. To love what you do makes it a little easier to wake up in the morning, too.

Until next time,

KEEP RUNNING