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Follow-Through

In sports following-through is the range of motion from the beginning of a movement all the way to the complete end of the action.

Any slight change or tweak during the motion can disproportionately affect how on target an athlete is.

In an article for GolfDigest.com Tiger Woods briefly explains the follow-through in his swing:

“I like to think that my follow-through determines how high the ball is going to launch. In reality, my follow-through is a result of my angle of attack.”

We get excited about ideas, plans and the initial concepts we draft. But only having the right ‘angle of attack’ in planning our follow-through will determine how far those plans will come to be when all the excitement passes.

Zig Ziglar sums this up nicely:

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

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What’s in Your Playbook?

Maps. Navigational systems. Playbooks.

Getting to our destination requires using one of these tools to make it happen. So what’s in your playbook?

What books do you have listed to read next year that will get you to the next level in your career, or help you expand you business? Or how about books for being a better spouse, parent or friend?

What courses are you planning on taking to learn a new skill or sharpen an old one? Maybe a course on health and wellness?

Do you have a mentor or coach that can help you see the blind spots in your life or push you become a high performer in your life and career?

What tools have you invested in to track your progress? (Note: investing could mean just downloading an app)

You rarely get to your desired destination by chance. Setting up your playbook in advance is the prerequisite for ensuring you get there.

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28 Day Lockdown Challenge

As I write this, we are about to head into a 28-day ‘lockdown’ here in the Greater Toronto area in Canada due to increased daily new cases of Covid-19.

There’s no better time to challenge ourselves with the ‘new’.

New habits. New routines. New hobbies. New passions. New skills. New strategic relationships.

Having a consistent analytical view of your life is healthy. External limitations like a Covd-19 imposed lockdown can bring opportunities of focus.

For myself, setting challenges and meeting them bring fulfilment, and motivation to start another one.

So with that, I’m asking you all reading this to keep me accountable to accomplish these 3 challenges over the next 28 days:

1. Finish a manuscript draft for my next book.

2. Execute the 7-minute workout for 28 days straight with iPhone app showing proof of completion.

3. Finish 2 books: Disciplined Dreaming by Josh Linkner and Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins.

On this blog, a few days after the lockdown ends on December 17th, I’ll give my full report on if I was successful or not, as well the challenges and self discoveries along the way.

If you’d like to join me, message below your own personal 28 Day Lockdown Challenge or Challenges. I’ll hold you accountable and you can message your results when I post my blog update.

Let’s make the next 28 days the beginning of something better in our lives.

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Look to Strangers for Motivation

If you go online, in a matter of seconds you can find….

…thousands of triumphant weight loss stories from people lacking true external resources.

…thousands of stories of families that had major debt and managed to become debt free.

…thousands of stories of creatives overcoming a personal disability to excel at a high level in their artistic craft.

…thousands of entrepreneurs who after experiencing several failed ventures, achieve tremendous success with their current business.

Whether you ask Alexa or Siri to search for you, they will find online endless examples and stories of individuals who have overcome some of the most difficult circumstances you can imagine.

So find them, and read them. Over and over. You’ll begin to realize how much time you’ve spent undermining you’re ability to accomplish that goal you’ve been dreaming about for years.

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Take Small Wins

Playing Pee Wee football 1994 at the age of 14, I rarely was called upon to carry the ball on offense. We had two star running backs so there was no need to spit a few carries to a scrawny first year slotback.

Blocking was my role and I did it well. So well in fact that I blocked an opposing player into the end zone. One of our running backs fumbled and the ball rolled next to me while blocking in the end zone.

I jumped on the ball and the referee singled ‘touchdown’. It was probably the easiest score I will ever get in my life.

And I’m okay with that. Because sometimes we have to take the small wins when we can get them. They often lead to bigger wins in the future.

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Better Than Nothing

The North American Industrial Revolution created more job opportunities than we’ve ever seen in history prior to that time.

With more companies creating more jobs, production increasing a hundred fold, giving us more options from choosing the type of car we drive to selecting the toaster that matches the colour scheme of our kitchens.

That time in history also initiated the concept of the need to ‘have more’. We can live with one family car but it’s better to have two. TVs are needed in every room of the house so we don’t miss anything ‘important‘.

The ‘Go big or go home’ philosophy slowly crept in from how we act as consumers to how we approach our work and life goals.

We don’t have an hour to exercise so we decided it’s not worth doing. Publishing a book seems like a long process so we talk ourselves out of attempting to write just 100 words in a sitting every day.

When we feel like we can’t take big leaps in production in a single moment, it can sometimes feel like it’s not worth starting.

Writing one page in a sitting session is better than not writing at all. Taking 30 minutes to research that business idea is better than talking yourself out of launching and jumping on social media instead. Doing the well known 7 minute workout is better than no workout at all.

Just like one car is better than walking and one TV is better than just the radio, something will ALWAYS be better that nothing.

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Master the Day

When contemplating success we often think and focus our attention on the destination only. What do we really want to accomplish? What place do we want to get to? How happy will we be when we get there?

It’s partly not our fault. Companies spend millions every year on marketing techniques that will make us feel unfulfilled until we buy their products and services. We are sold on faster, quicker, easier because we desperately seek our destination over everything else.

There’s no short cut to daily mastery. What does that mean? Mastering the day should be our single most important focus, well, daily!

What action will get us closer to our goal than we were yesterday? It’s an important question to ask ourselves, but we must quantify it accurately. Writing 200 words today for a 30,000-word book gets you closer to publishing that book than writing zero words. It may seem like a small achievement but in 7 days that’s 1400 words. In a month its 6000 words. In 5 months of writing only 200 words a day, you’ll have at the very least your first draft done!

This can only be accomplished by Mastering the day. Our mind has to let go of yesterday and the things we couldn’t complete and focus on the day ahead. We also must not put much of our thoughts into future days in front of us.

Mastering the day is a sole focus on the present. Yes be mindful of the days ahead and the goals you’ve put in place, but the practice of being present and completing small actionable items every day is the secret to seeing long lasting success in our lives.

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Your Belief System

Do you really believe you can do it?

This is precisely the first question that you need to ask yourself before setting off on the journey to your ultimate goals and dreams

Understand this concept sounds simplistic. But self-doubt is the biggest inhibitor to longterm success.

I know you’ve heard this before and this is nothing new, but understanding the belief system that drives you is vital to seeing things through until the end.

It doesn’t take much to believe you can start a business or begin the process of changing career fields. Maybe even launching a non-profit organization. Passion and excitement for a new pursuit is never lacking. It’s at these times your belief system is working purely off of adrenaline.

But as we all know it eventually wears off and we realize our beliefs weren’t anchored enough to withstand the doubt that comes with unexpected challenges and criticisms from people we know.

For this reason we can never take too much time examining if we truly believe we can accomplish that thing we desire. But belief is more than just emotionally or blindly betting on yourself. It also to some degree need to weight heavily on facts.

Before you start ask yourself these 3 questions:

Essentially how long will this take to achieve? Do I have the necessary time/resources needed to invest in this? How will I track progress?

The last one is the most important. Seeing even small progress can be encouraging at the bleakest moments in the process.

The point is it’s much easier to hold a strong belief system when you’re prepared for the realistic scenarios that may come your way.

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The Crucial Part of Goal Setting

Last year my wife bought me a Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch for our anniversary. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as the Apple Watch but it still has a lot of cool features.

Like being able to snap a photos, receive text notifications and adjust music volume.

But the most useful features came in the form of data tracking. When used in conjunction with the official Fossil smartphone app, the watch tracks my detailed sleep patterns, the steps and mileage I walk daily, and calories I burned. All of these features relate to goals I have set for myself this year.

One of the biggest setbacks in achieving goals we set for ourselves is not having the right tools to track progress. This is a vital step when applying the S.M.A.R.T. method to our initial goal setting plan.

As a quick review, S.M.A.R.T. goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based. Not following any of these will inhibit your ability to check off all the boxes of your goals.

Once you’ve determined your goal is measurable, the next thing you need to search for is an app, online software or an application that can automate the tracking progress. If 100% of your tracking is dependant on yours or someone else’s manual information entry, there’s bound to be lapses of information consistency on what’s reported.

To manage corporate financial targets I use the Microsoft Business Intelligence tool. When I write articles I have a word count tool that displays on the same page as my draft. Both are automated and display clear data of the progress to my goals.

Goal setting automation tools do help us generate accurate data, but more importantly these tools free up time for us to focus on the real work at hand.

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Scoring Ugly

I’ll never forget scoring my first touchdown at 13 years of age. The story isn’t as glamorous as one might think.

Our star running back took the hand off from our star quarterback and burst though our offensive line heading towards the endzone.

Just before breaking the plane of the goal line, he fumbled the ball in the endzone. Playing receiver, I happen to be in the endzone involved in my usual duty of blocking a defensive player. Suddenly the ball started to flip-flopping towards me as my team yelled “FUMBLE!”

My eyes popped out of my head and I seized the opportunity to jump on the pigskin in the endzone. I jumped up off the turf and held the ball in the air triumphantly for a millisecond before getting mauled by half the team.

It wasn’t pretty but it was an exciting moment for me. It’s a highlight I’ll always cherish. My quick actions plus being at the right place at the right time helped my team secure the win. For others, however, the moment was more likely forgettable.

Our wins won’t always be ‘Instagram-able’ or considered highlights of anyone else’s day. We’ll experience more of those types of wins than ones that will be socially acceptable or celebrated.

The small, insignificant victories are what we use to build towards our ultimate dreams and goals.

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