WHAT I KNOW IS POSSIBLE TODAY (FOR YOU)

It’s Monday morning and you’re either excited to win the day, secretly dreading what’s ahead, or paralyzed because you’re unsure about what to do next.

If you fall under the last two, I want to encourage you today.

Thirtyfive years ago I was working at a sweatshop in Los Angeles. No air conditioning. Just an industrial fan sitting on a large window of a sweltering warehouse where dozens of Asian and Hispanic seamstresses constructed silk blouses.

That 105-degree, humid summer Monday morning I’d work another twelve hours armed with my tiny scissors in hand to start the day. One of my jobs was to collect the finished blouses from large bins. First, I’d cut off the leftover pieces of thread. Then I’d hang them on hangers, steam them, and cover them with garment plastic.

That last part I dreaded most. Plastic everywhere around me, sticking to my sweaty arms, legs, and cheeks.

At the end of that fateful Monday, after I counted my pieces and collected my $27 bucks for the day, I made a decision. No more!

That’s the day I remembered my late father’s words:

One move can change the momentum of the game.  

I never went back. I decided to ignore that my English was terrible and mustered the grit inside me to change the trajectory of my life… one move, one day at a time.

What I know is possible for YOU today is exactly that. This morning you are one move—one choice—away from changing the trajectory of your day, your week, and possibly your future.  You can choose to…

  • Say no to something that is dragging you down
  • Say yes to something that scares you but can yield tremendous dividends
  • Take massive action on something you’ve been putting off

All of the above are power moves that are yielding bigger businesses, better relationships, greater profits…

You have more power than you think. Take that power today and win the day!

P.S. If you are in San Diego this afternoon, join me at Business Breakthrough University to get inspired and get moving with other movers and shakers. RSVP here. 

 

THE MIND GAME OF WINNING: LESSONS FROM A NAIL-BITER NBA PLAYOFF GAME

This weekend I did something I rarely do. I watched a basketball game on television. In fact, it was the first game I’ve watched the entire season. It was game six of the NBA playoffs, Warrior vs. Thunder, a nail biter of a game regardless of who you were rooting for.

Warrior fans watched their team trail most of the game. Thunder fans watched their team fight for every point of their lead and lose it in the last two minutes.

And although the Warriors ultimately won the game, there were no losers—not really.

Sometimes a win looks like a loss, but make no mistake: that game was a testament of two teams who pushed each other to new levels of performance. And that is a win in my book.

Here is a key lesson I took away from this game and the post interviews:

Winning is a mind game first.

  • Get in the game (winning is for players not spectators.)
  • Show up to win (believe you will win. Visualize it.)
  • Take the shots (be willing to embrace risk.)
  • Involve your team (winning happens in community.)
  • Ignore the clock (every second counts.)
  • A win looks like a loss sometimes (you make it a win when you decide it is.)

I have learned that winning in business and in life is not that difficult. It’s not a mystery. It’s predictable.

In fact, winning today is simpler than you think. Why?

Because MOST people …

  • Don’t get in the game (they much rather sit on the sidelines)
  • Don’t show up to win (they show up afraid… of losing)
  • Don’t take the shots (risk makes them anxious)
  • Don’t involve a team (they’re solo players)
  • Think time’s ran out (they quit before the clock runs out)
  • Believe they’ve lost already (don’t see the wins in the apparent loses)

If you are still reading this post, you are NOT “most people.”  You like to win. You are a winner.

Now go make your move and win the game today.

HOW HIGH PERFORMERS GET AHEAD OF THE PACK

I’m blessed to have many top achievers as clients, who always want to know what can give them an edge when it comes to reaching their goals by the end of the month.

Believe it or not, it’s simpler than you think—because most people have already quit pursuing their goals (especially since a holiday weekend is upon us).

Let me explain.