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

What is Run The Walk?

Which person are you?

If you want to live a dream you have to go after it!  Everyone wants the prize and the glory, but too many fall short of what it takes to accomplish that!  Those that talk about what they are going to do next have a vision, and some of those visions are the best ideas.  Then there are those out there who not only talk about it, but they are all about it.  Those are the walkers.  They have been known throughout time to get it done!

There has been a shift in the way society does things now.  Now, with the way technology is, our society has access to any country with simple Internet connection; answers to questions about anything with a quick Google search; anyone can create a buzz with all the social media out there.

In order to accomplish today what the walker accomplished yesterday we have to run!  To walk now is to wake up daily, get ready for the job you only do because it pays the bills, and go to work, anticipating 5pm to get there so you can get home and do what you really want to do.

Those that Run The Walk do things a little different.  This person wakes up daily, studies for the knowledge they need to get the job they want, then gets ready for the job they only do because it pays the bills, goes to work, while at work anticipates lunch so they can work on what they want to do as a career, then anticipates 5pm so they can get home to work on whatever is needed to help them achieve their dream.  The Runner understands that where they are at now is only temporary and their dream, with hard work, is right around the corner.

You have to get “out of the box” in order to Run The Walk.  To live in the box means you are only doing what is asked.  Lets say there are two players with the same kind of talent.  The first player is the “in the box” thinker, and is going to do what the coach asks.   The second player is the “out of the box” thinker, and is going to do what the coach asks, and on top of that do things on their own to enhance what it is the coach wants from them.

For example: the first player goes to every practice and does everything the coach asks him to do.  He is always at every function outside of practice that the team is suppose to be at, and he even on occasion stays after practice to get extra shots up.  This player is doing what he is asked to do.  He is in the box.

The Second player goes to every practice and does everything that the coach asks her to do.  She is always at every function outside of practice that the team is suppose to be at, but she also finds time to come to practice early for extra conditioning and stays after practice everyday to work on her weaknesses.  She makes it a point to finish first in every drill and makes it an effort to encourage her teammates during the practice.  This player understands that although coach asked her to do certain things, there is need for extra work in order to be successful.  She is out of the box.

Run The Walk is a simple concept, but the process of Running the walk is not simple.  Day in and day out to run the walk means you have to get the most out of life.  Maybe it means waking up earlier for practices, or staying up later after a game to make sure you get all your homework done.  It may mean helping others out even though you are strapped for time, or bringing light on a situation that seems to be dark as night.

So I ask again, which person are you?  Do you have what it takes?  Can you stop talking and walking, and start Running?

It’s better to run your life, than to walk to someone else’s beat.

Run The Walk