Increased Productivity

20130616_100553.jpgI read an article yesterday online from Inc. Magazine about two morning exercises to improve the day’s productivity. It seemed simple enough to do. Here are the two below:

  1. Write down three things you’re grateful for every day
  2. Write down three things that would make the day great

So I gave it a try this morning. Here’s my lists.

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Accountability and Responsibility

One of the site’s contributors, Shaun, sent me the quote below. I quickly shared it with my team and other athletes I train along with Artie at Athletic Revolution. It reminded me of college when heading into my 3rd year, our team’s theme was “Accountability and Responsibility” to ourselves and our teammates. It is amazing the things you can accomplish when you truly take hold of the reins and are willing to be truly accountable and responsible for your actions and to help keep your teammates on task as well. I wrote those two words on a piece of paper and hung it on my wall so it would be the first thing I saw when I woke up and the last thing I saw before I fell asleep. It helped. Because I had the confidence my teammates were holding up their end of the bargain and I knew I had to do the same because I didn’t want to be the weak link. So honor your commitments big and small. If you’ve watched The Wire, you know “All the Pieces Matter” when you’re working towards a goal.

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What pledge have you made to yourself recently?

Live your Life to the Fullest

“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” — Anne Lamott

I send out a quote a day to a growing  group of friends and family members. The quote above by Anne Lamott was a big hit with the group. And it really makes you think about what fears are keeping us from doing the things we always wanted to do. At some point, some of us lose the fearlessness we had as children. One of the keys to maintaining it is keeping a healthy sense of risk in our lives. Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” As adults we can continue to push our limits of what we once thought was possible. The only one setting those limits is us and we need to break down the brick walls that are before us so we can fulfill our destinies. The late Randy Pausch said in The Last Lecture, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” –H. Jackson Brown

What brick wall are you going to break down today?

Deliberate Practice

odell beckham jrAs a coach, I do a lot of reading of how to improve my practices and make them more efficient and effective. Efficiency from the standpoint of having little to no wasted time, while keeping everyone engaged and focused on the task at hand. And being effective, by making sure everyone is making gains by working on the specific skills they need to. A lot of that effort leads to making sure the athletes are doing Deliberate Practice daily. Deliberate practice is defined as a highly structured activity engaged in with the specific goal of improving performance. Deliberate practice is different from the simple repetition of a task. Corbett Barr outlines the four essential components of deliberate practice and what it means to do it.  Continue reading

Gratitude

It seems that the world can get busy or better yet, make you believe that you’re busy that you don’t have time to enjoy what you have. More importantly, be grateful for what you have. One thing we started in my family is keeping a gratitude journal. All of us have our own and the goal is write in them daily. The entries can be thoughts, a poem, or even a picture. And it can be from the current day or a realization you’ve had about something you had taken for granted. The goal is to make us all more aware how fortunate we are and appreciate what we have. By taking stock daily, we have become more aware of each other and ourselves.

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner

Here’s a simple nighttime routine that will help increase your awareness.

How do you show gratitude?