Play Full Out.

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid”. – Basil King

It’s the ‘make it happen moment’. Let me create the scenario.

The clock has only 60 seconds to the end of the game.  The score is 2 points difference in favor of the other team. The final shot is in Justin’s hands, but this definitely has been a hard and long game. The other team was really good, they have been champions three years in a row. These are the semifinals. ‘If I score, the team will be heading to the finals for the first time. So, this is all on me‘. Justin thought.

He felt tired, exhausted, like if in his body there is nothing more than the single drop of energy that he could give. All kind of doubts came true his mind, he was not sure if he could make it.

Before he decided to play that last shot, he looks sideways and sees his coach.  The look in his eyes reminds him of a conversation he had with the team earlier in the locker room. He encourages all by saying these words…  

There will be moments in life that you will feel that you have given all, that you have put everything on the table, but be really honest with yourself, can you really say that you gave it all? Are you totally committed?  Are you totally focused? 

Analyze this situation, and tell me who gives more?  The person that has 50% to give and gives his 50% or the person that has 100% and only gives half… 

Go out there and give it all, play all of it! 

Justin is now ready, he has his vision clear and totally focus on his goal. He took a deep breath and throw his shot….

This is a fictional story. 

 

It depends on the way you decide to act in front of any situation. You need to continue motivated, you need to move forward and don’t lose your enthusiasm even though you are not feeling totally positive about it.

Play with heart, with intensity, with everything you got. Dump any excuses, any ‘but’ that does pass through your mind. Find the way to make it happen. Believe in your vision.

Play Full Out.

Mindset. Lower-down or Power-up

“What We Think, We Become.”  – Buddha

When you Google search the word ‘mindset’ you will find so many definitions. I consider that mindset could be defined as, our capacity to confront challenges or circumstances, either by encouraging or dissuading ourselves, by believing in what we can or cannot do.  

We hear a lot of this word lately, from mostly all the motivational coaches that say, You need to change your mindset in order to succeed. 

Some questions might immediately arouse when hearing this from the speaker who is right there standing in front of you. I know they will, because it happened to me as well, the first time I heard it. Some questions like, How can this be possible?  How do I do this? Why do I need to change my mindset? And so on… 

We naturally are resistant to changes, when we get used to something or we are in our comfort zone, our mind usually tries to ‘protect us’ by giving us all the reasons why we shouldn’t do certain things or convince us unconsciously that we are not capable to do such task. The fear of unfamiliar circumstances and the fear of failing at the end leads us to no decision, no action. 

When you settle to believe you can’t, then definitely you wouldn’t. This is where the change of your mindset begins. 

I will like to share with you a short story, which I consider very empowering. 

The Elephant And The Rope by Sofo Archon. 

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

My friend was amazed.

These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

 

How many of us are like the elephant? We convince ourselves that we cannot pursue a specific goal because we failed once. Conditioned by just that time we tried (or even worse, never tried at all) and our mind convinced us, that we will never get that new job, we will not make that extra commission or we cannot be successful.

Learn how to power-up, how to change your mindset to success. Begin by accepting total responsibility for your life, and working in improving YOU so that you can help others.

You will have criticism from people around you, but accept these as part of the process.

Frederick W. Smith – CEO of FedEx, back in his college days at Yale University, for an economy class project, he came up with the idea of outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age. His teacher told him that his idea was not feasible, and grade him with a C.

Smith founded Federal Express in 1971, the paper he delivered in his economy class was his very first concept for the company he after built which we know nowadays as FedEx.

Always surround yourself with positive and successful people. Learn to act despite the fear or disappointment. Set a goal and always make sure to walk towards to achieve it.

Never stop learning. Never give up.