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Lias Andersson tosses silver medal into crowd

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So last Friday at the 2017 World Juniors, Sweden lost 3-1 to Canada coming in 2nd and giving way for Canada to bring home the gold which ended up making Lias Andersson reaction at the post ceremony one of the best ever.

Andersson was so frustrated after his six goal game that he threw his silver medal into the crowd!

Afterwards the fan who caught the medal gave it back to team Sweden and Andersson once again told them to give it away.

“I don’t want it” said Andersson. “The guy in the stands wanted it more than me, so I gave it to him. I’m just going to have it home in some box or whatever….”

“I have a silver medal from the U-18 Worlds and I haven’t checked it in two years since I lost last time so I won’t regret it” – LIAS Andersson.

Andersson is a badass! And basically what every player should strive to be. Second place isn’t good enough and shouldn’t be praised or something to be proud about. It just means you suck and someone else was better than you. You really want something like that in your house reminding you every single day?

We need to take note and stop giving away medals, trophies, and participation ribbons. It’s not making us stronger and it doesn’t set the bar high.

10 ways to increase sales at the start of 2018

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First thing you need to do is:

  1. Set new goals

Most important thing you can do is set career goals for yourself that you want to accomplish this year. Want to be promoted to manager? Then keep an eye out for leadership opportunities and focus on activities that will help you attain these goals.

  1. Know the playbook

I’m not talking about your ol’ high school football playbook, take a look at your sales materials and freshen up on the packages you’re trying to sell. Many times we go into cruise control or focus on one area which narrows our focus and sometimes leads to missed opportunities.

  1. Refresh your marketing materials

It’s probably a good time to take a walk down the hallway from your cubicle and pay the marketing department a visit. Often times the marketing department has changed something or created new, fresh material for the sales department. You want to make sure you’re sending your prospects the correct material.

  1. Take a look back on your W’s & L’s from this past year

When looking back on these you need to be asking yourself questions, such as:

  • What do my wins/losses have in common with the other wins and losses?
  • Is there any common behavior/pattern?
  • Are there any sales techniques that worked? If so, how do I improve on them

The more you understand your own wins and losses, the better you can become as a sales guy.

  1. Clean out the pipeline

Been working on deal that’s been going nowhere for the past half year? Might be time to toss it. Got a prospect that wants to buy season tickets but wants every promotional item for free or free parking? Throw that lead into the trashcan. Every deal that you know deep down isn’t going to close or won’t in the next 2 weeks, you need to ditch so that you get a clear view of how you’re really doing.

  1. Reach out to your corporate accounts now

You already know working with corporate account or large companies (whale accounts) that it takes an army to approve a purchasing decision. It’s best to get in early and start setting up call back dates, get material in front of them, and edging out your competition. Don’t forget you’re not the only fisherman on this wharf.

  1. Go back into the dark

Go back through your CRM or lead cards and find the ones that went “dark”. You know the ones…. It’s hard to get ahold of them, or you always get the call back, or you simply leave a hundred voicemails. It’s time to give these folks one more try and reach out. The end of the year can sometimes become busy for everyone involved and certain things get tossed to the side. You never know, doesn’t hurt to try and if nothing comes of it you can toss the lead.

  1. Ask for referrals

Give all of your clients a call and ask them 3 things:

  • How were your holidays?
  • Are you happy with your purchase?
  • And do you have anyone who might be interested in seat next to yours?

It shows you care about em’ and they might have a sale for you.

  1. Practice your sales pitch

Practice, practice, practice! Can’t say this enough. The more you know your material and sales pitch like the back of your hand the more success you will have. Ask your manager or co-workers to help out and listen to one or two of your sales pitches. Then ask for feedback, it’s like watching film a week before the big game.

  1. Organize

Clean out your CRM, emails, leads lists/cards, desk, marketing materials, phone, paperwork, binders, calendars, and computer.

Cluttered work = Cluttered brain = Less sales

5 easy steps to growing your team brand

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Growing your team brand can sometimes seem like a daunting task but stress not cause we’ve come up with 5 easy ways that can help you achieve a bigger reputation around town:

  1. Partner up with other well-known local business – For example if your local town has a Zoo, you could sponsor free admission into the park every Friday night. The benefit to this tactic is that it allows your team to inherit some of that business’ image and reputation while reaching a broader audience.
  2. Refer a friend – This a method we use mainly in sales for leads. Say you have someone buying season tickets, you can ask them for a referral but usually they want something in return so you offer discounts. If their friend buys tickets next to theirs then both parties get so much off of their ticket package.
  3. Interact on social media – Social media is best used as it was originally intended, to be social. You need to reach out and become an active conversationalist with local news stations, popular hangouts, restaurants, and opposing teams. Don’t be scared to let some personality come through too! Build communities that allow your fans to communicate with each other, interact, and share experiences.
  4. Free tickets to well-connected influencers – Giving out free tickets is usually a huge no-no for me in the sports industry. Can’t give away the milk for free and expect people to pay later on but when it comes to people who have strong connections with others in your town then I say go for it! These folks are likely to share their experiences and get you in front of a larger audience.
  5. Headlines – And I don’t mean making the local news. I’m talking about creating eye catching headlines for the press releases that you announce and content that you’re publishing on your website. You need to be able to catch people’s attentions while they’re scrolling through their phones and you can’t do that with a boring headline.

Arkansas Coach Chad Morris: “I want players that play multiple sports”

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Arkansas Coach Chad Morris is the latest coach to add to the line of coaches that support multi-sport athletes.

It’s pretty much common knowledge now that there are numerous benefits to children that play multiple sports.  Lately, there has been endless research published from coaches, sports psychologists, medical doctors, athletic trainers, and other experts that are trying to inform parents that they need to get their children involved in more than one sport.

Chad Morris, who is Arkansas Football’s new head coach, commented on how strongly he feels about athletes that play multiple sports when asked on National Signing Day. Morris was not shy to hold back and communicate how he feels about kids that play more than one sport growing up.

“I want players that play multiple sports,” said Morris. “I feel like it does a couple of things. Number one, it develops an overall skill set, a well-rounded skill set. Number two, it shows me that they can be coached in different ways, because every coach that he deals with, in each different sport, deals with him a little different.

“So that’s intriguing to me. If I have two players that are dead equal, and one plays one sport and the other plays two sports, I’m going to go after the two sport athlete first.”

READ MORE: 8 Traits That Your Kid Needs To Become An Elite Athlete

Check out Chad Morris’ full comments via Steve Sullivan (@sully7777):

What is the minimum GPA that you need for a D1 Scholarship?

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Do you want to earn a Division I athletic scholarship? Well if you do – and if its not too late for you – you need to start thinking about how well you perform in the classroom as much as you think about how well you perform on the field.

That’s because the NCAA requires student-athletes to meet a minimum level of academic standards in order to be eligible to play Division 1 athletics. And, if you don’t meet the NCAA’s minimum requirements, then you don’t get to play. It’s that simple.

Now is the time for you to learn everything about these requirements so that you can make sure that you continue to meet or exceed them as you continue throughout high school. You will need to meet several criteria when it comes to standardized test scores, grade point averages, taking the right core courses, and maintaining your amateur athlete status to be eligible to play in the NCAA.

However, one of the most important things that you need to be aware of is the NCAA’s Division minimum GPA requirements.  These requirements are the baseline for you to be considered and if you slack off with a couple of failing grades, you’re making work twice as hard for you down the road.

Required Minimum GPA for a D1 Scholarship

In order to be academically eligible for an NCAA Division 1 scholarship, you need to meet a minimum 2.3 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grade scale.  The most common mistake that student-athletes (and their parents) make is that they look at their overall GPA and assume that they are eligible.  Although you may have an eligible overall GPA, you can still be ineligible by NCAA standards.

That’s because the NCAA uses a system that calculates your GPA from “core courses” to determine if you are academically eligible or not.  Your core course GPA is different from the GPA that is displayed on your high school transcript.

The NCAA only calculates approved classes that cover the following core subjects:

  • English
  • Math
  • Natural/Physical Science
  • Social Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Comparative Religion
  • Philosophy

Along with having an eligible GPA within those core subjects, the NCAA requires that:

  • 10 of your 16 core courses must be completed by the end of your junior year
    • 7 must be in English, Math or Natural/Physical Science

Also, after the completion of your junior year, your grades in those 7 classes will be permanently documented, which means that you can’t retake those classes in your senior year.

Required Minimum ACT or SAT Scores

In order to determine if your standardized test scores are enough to make the grade to earn a scholarship, you need to see where your scores land on the NCAA’s sliding scale. The lower the grades you have, the higher you will be required to score on the SAT or ACT. The higher the grades you have, the lower you have to score.  That’s why it is so important for you to do as well as you possibly can academically in high school.

For example, if you meet the minimum required 2.3 GPA for your core courses, you will need to achieve a 900 on the SAT’s or a 75 SCT score to be eligible. A student-athlete that has a 3.1 GPA will only be required to score a 590 on the SAT or a 49 on the ACT.  That’s a much easier minimum requirement to achieve simply just because they did their schoolwork.

You can see where you fall on the NCAA’s sliding scale by clicking here.

Why You Need to Set Your Goals Higher Than a 2.3 GPA

Just because the minimum is a 2.3 from the NCAA, that doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear to become a student-athlete.  That’s because there are schools out there that require you to score much higher than a 2.3 to meet their own standards.  As a matter of fact, even if you have a 2.5 GPA (higher than the NCAA’s minimum requirements), you would still be ineligible for approximately 1,500 schools. That’s because only 2% of schools have an average acceptable GPA at 2.5 or lower.

What you need to understand is that colleges and universities are holding their applicants to a higher standard than the NCAA requires. That’s why performing well in school is vital to your probability of competing as an NCAA student-athlete, especially at the Division 1 level.

When it comes to recruiting, there are several other factors that come into play that determine your chances of being a college athlete and earning a scholarship. You can pretty much guarantee that the lower you are on the academic scale, the less opportunity you are going to have.  You cannot think that every year is a clean slate for recruiting.

There are important factors to keep in mind, such as:

  • Schools that aren’t recruiting for that year
  • Schools that have your position already filled for several years
  • Schools that are looking for a certain type of athlete or skill set
  • Schools that are looking for student-athletes that have higher grades
  • Schools that are looking for students that can red shirt
  • Scholarship availability for that year

Just because there are 300 Division 1 teams in your respective sport, it doesn’t mean that all 300 are even looking for players in your recruiting class, let alone looking to give out a scholarship. Of those 300 schools, there may be some looking for a smart kid with amazing grades because their team GPA is currently low.  There may be some that are looking for a certain type of player to compliment what they already have.  There even may be some schools that don’t even have recruiting as a priority because they have a significant amount of underclassmen.

What you need to realize is that not every school is recruiting.  And the lower your grades are, the lower the chances you will have to play collegiate sports.  It’s just a numbers game. To make sure that you give yourself the best opportunity possible, you need to make sure that you do the best that you possibly can in school.  If you don’t, it will be something that you will regret for the rest of your life.

If you want to earn a scholarship, you need to hit the books and understand that school is important. It’s just as important, if not more important, than what you do on the field.

 

 

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54 Best Usain Bolt Quotes To Motivate You To Sprint Towards Your Goals

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This is a list of our favorite 54 Usain Bolt quotes that will inspire, humble, and motivate you to achieve your goals and live your dreams.

Usain Bolt is an Olympic sprinting legend and may go down as the greatest sprinter to ever set foot on earth.  During his sprinting career, Bolt earned the nickname “Lightning Bolt” for his laundry list of championships, gold medals, and world records he racked up from 20014 to 2017.

Bolt’s long list of accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

A man with that many accomplishments definitely has many words of wisdom to share.  Bolt’s perspective on life and athletics has allowed him to become an international spokesperson, celebrity, and ambassador for athletic endeavors and developmental organizations.

Usain Bolt’s story is an inspiring journey about how a young boy from the island of Jamaica turned into being the fastest man in the world.  His amazing story has brought some amazing quotes over the years, which we have sifted through to compile a list of our favorite Usain Bolt quotes of all-time.

Our list of Usain Bolt quotes will inspire you to push forward and achieve new heights as you grind in your pursuit of success.

The Best 54 Motivational Usain Bolt Quotes


54. “I know what I can do so it doesn’t bother me what other people think or their opinion on the situation.” – Usain Bolt`

53. “Don’t think about the start of the race.” – Usain Bolt

52. “Worrying gets you nowhere. if you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.” – Usain Bolt

51. “I don’t think about limits.” – Usain Bolt

50. “I wouldn’t say I’m a phenomenon, just a great athlete.” – Usain Bolt

49. “Manners is the key thing. say, for instance, when you’re growing, you’re walking down the street, you’ve got to tell everybody good morning. Everybody. You can’t pass one person.” – Usain Bolt

48. “Every season, for me, it’s like starting from scratch again” – Usain Bolt

47. “I’d like to say to all my fans out there, thanks for the support. And to all my doubters, thank you very much because you guys have also pushed me.” – Usain Bolt

46. “I like to have fun, just stay relaxed.” – Usain Bolt

45. “There are things that bother me.  I try not to let them, but they do” – Usain Bolt

#44 of the Best Usain Bolt Quotes. “One thing I’ve learned over the years from my core set, the last one is the most important one.  Because that’s when you start improving.  That’s when the work pays off now.  Because your legs are dead and you gotta push your body.  It’s like moving past a barrier” – Usain Bolt

43. “I try to lead by example.” – Usain Bolt

42. “I think they (my competition) have not learned over the years that the more you talk, the more I will want to beat you.”  – Usain Bolt

41. “A lot of legends, a lot of people, have come before me. But this is my time.” – Usain Bolt

40. “I think the key thing is to train hard and you definitely need competition, you definetly need races because I believe over the years that training helps you but you have to compete against other people who’re a high level to build you up, make you know what else you need to work on.” – Usain Bolt

39. “You can get beat any day” – Usain Bolt

38. “But anybody who steps into the lane beside you is the biggest competition because they made it to the finals.” – Usain Bolt

37. “People like to see showdowns.” – Usain Bolt

36. “Repeating is harder than anything else.” – Usain Bolt

35. “For me, I’m focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I’m working on it.” – Usain Bolt

34. “I remember once, actually the first race I ran, I fell.” – Usain Bolt

33. “I think my acceleration is very good. That’s the key for me.” – Usain Bolt

#32 of the Best Usain Bolt Quotes: “Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free, goals don’t come without a price. Time, effort, sacrifice, and sweat. How will you pay for your goals?” – Usain Bolt

31. “My name is Bolt, Lightning Bolt.” – Usain Bolt

30. “When people see your personality come out, they feel so good, like they actually know who you are.” – Usain Bolt

29. “A lot of legends, a lot of people, have come before me. But this is my time.” – Usain Bolt

28. “If I get to be a legend, I’ve achieved my goal” – Usain Bolt

27. “It’s a great feat for me to have broken my world record.” – Usain Bolt

26. “I will run against anybody.” – Usain Bolt

25. “I’ve worked hard over the years, I’ve been injured and I’ve worked hard through it, and I’ve made it.” – Usain Bolt

24. “You have good days and bad days. I may be doing awful in training, but when I go on that track, it’s like I transform. The confidence I have when I am out there (on the track) is different.” – Usain Bolt

23. “All I have to do to work on transition and technique.” – Usain Bolt

22. “Win from within” – Usain Bolt

#21 of the Best Usain Bolt Quotes: “It’s always been a wake-up call to get beaten.” – Usain Bolt

20. “When I was younger, I always wanted to impress, to be good for my country, to make them feel good, and sometimes that meant I didn’t focus on myself enough. I learned I had to put myself first. And it’s fine because I want for me the same thing that they want for me, which is to win.” – Usain Bolt

19. “My hunger is always there.” – Usain Bolt

18. “Sometimes you lose sight of what’s going on around you.” – Usain Bolt

17. “I know what to do and I go and execute.”- Usain Bolt

16. “I don’t put myself under pressure.” – Usain Bolt

15. “When I was young, I didn’t really think about anything other than sports.” – Usain Bolt

14. “I don’t like losing anyways.”- Usain Bolt

13. “You’ve got to push your body. You’ve got to overcome (even when you’re dead tired). It’s like you’re moving past a barrier.” – Usain Bolt

12. “I don’t think about records.” – Usain Bolt

11. “Don’t think about the start of the race, think about the ending.” – Usain Bolt

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10. “There are better starters than me, but I’m a strong finisher.” – Usain Bolt

9. “Learning the mind is as important as understanding the body” – Usain Bolt

8. “Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.” – Usain Bolt

7. “You have to set your goals so you can push yourself harder.  Desire is the key to success.” – Usain Bolt

6. “I work hard, and I do good, and I’m going to enjoy myself. I’m not going to let you restrict me.” – Usain Bolt

5. “A lot of people will just stop because they’re dead tired. You gotta do that extra one. That’s when you improve.” – Usain Bolt

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4. “Easy is not a option. No days off. Never Quit. Be Fearless.” – Usain Bolt

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3. “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.” – Usain Bolt

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2. “No matter how far you think you are ahead of me, I’m going to catch you. That’s my mentality that I go out there with.” – Usain Bolt

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1. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.” – Usain Bolt

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If you loved our list of the 54 Best Usain Bolt Quotes, you’ll love these quotes from some other icons of sport:

 

50 Best Jocko Willink Quotes On Leadership and Discipline to Motivate You

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We have compiled a list of the best Jocko Willink quotes to help motivate you to become the best version of yourself.

Jocko Willink is a badass. No doubt about it. This former Navy SEAL is the epitome of what it means to be a man’s man. His all-discpline and no B.S. approach to the way he lives his life is an amazing blueprint for athletes and coaches. Willink also has one of the most inspiring and motivating podcasts that you can listen to.

And, on top of that, he also a New York Times bestselling author with his books Extreme Ownership and Discipline Equals Freedom.

Out of all of his motivational content, we’ve pulled our favorite snippets from him to make our list of the 50 best Jocko Willink quotes to help motivate you to achieve more in life. Jocko’s blunt, no B.S., straight between the eyes approach is a fresh perspective on life in the world of political correctness that we live in today.

The 50 Best Jocko Willink Quotes On Leadership and Discipline To Motivate You To Become Your Best


50. “There is only hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, rehearsal, repetition, study, sweat, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline.” – Jocko Willink

49. Get creative. Get aggressive. Get it done. When you are on the road, STAY ON THE PATH.” – Jocko Willink

48. “Don’t just think. Don’t just talk. Don’t just dream. None of that matters. The only thing that matters is that you actually do. So: DO.” – Jocko Willink

47. “Fear is normal. Every person feels fear at some point. Step aggressively toward to your fear – that is the step into bravery.” – Jocko Willink

46. “You have to do the work. You have to hold the line. You have to make it happen.” – Jocko Willink

45. “Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on Discipline.” – Jocko Willink

44.”Most of us aren’t defeated in one decisive battle. We are defeated one tiny, seemingly insignificant surrender at a time that chips away at who we should really be.” – Jocko Willink

43. “But my glory, it doesn’t happen in front of a crowd. It doesn’t happen in a stadium or on a stage. There are no medals handed out. It happens in the darkness of the early morning. In solitude. Where I try. And I try. And I try again. With everything I have, to be the best that I can possibly be.” – Jocko Willink

42. “A leader must lead, but also be ready to follow. They must be aggressive, but not overbearing. A leader must be calm, but not robotic. They must be confident, but never cocky. A leader must be brave, but not foolhardy. They must have a competitive spirit, but be a gracious loser.” – Jocko Willink

41. “Everyone wants some magic pill—some life hack—that eliminates the need to do the work. But that does not exist.” – Jocko Willink

40. “A leader must be attentitive to details, but not obssessed with them. They must be strong, but have endurance. A leader must be humble, but not passive. They must be close to subordinates, but not too close. A leader must exercise ‘extreme ownership’, but employ ‘decentralized command’. They must have nothing to prove, but everything to prove.” – Jocko Willink

39. “Fear is normal. Every person feels fear at some point. What should you do? Step. Step. Take the step. Step aggressively toward your fear—that is the step into bravery.” – Jocko Willink

38. “In chaotic, dynamic, and rapidly changing environments, leaders at all levels must be empowered to make decisions. Decentralized Command is a key component to victory.” – Jocko Willink

37. “Overconfidence was risky in such a hostile environment, a mistake most often made by warriors who had never truly been tested.” – Jocko Willink

36. “The Darkness cannot extinguish your light. Your WILL. Your determination. No matter what is happening—no matter how hard the fight is. As long as you keep fighting—you win.” – Jocko Willink

#35 of the Best Jocko Willink Quotes: “Get up. Dust off. Reload. Re-calibrate. Re-engage – And go out on the attack. ” – Jocko Willink

34. “When you think you can’t take any more… guess what? You can – It’s PROVEN by the stories of ORDINARY PEOPLE in war.” – Jocko Willink

33. “The SEAL Teams and the U.S. military, much like militaries throughout history, are based around building blocks of four-to-six man teams with a leader.” – Jocko Willink

32. “Human beings are generally not capable of managing more than six to ten people, particularly when things go sideways and inevitable contingencies arise.” – Jocko Willink

31. “It is essential to develop a standardized planning process.” – Jocko Willink

30. “Some of the boldest, most successful plans in history have not come from the senior ranks but from frontline leaders. Senior leaders simply had the courage to accept and run with them.” – Jocko Willink

29. “When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable — if there are no consequences — that poor performance becomes the new standard. Therefore, leaders must enforce standards.” – Jocko Willink

#28 of the Best 50 Jocko Willink Quotes: “How do you become better? There is only one way – The way of discipline.” – Jocko Willink

27. “Curse the warmth of your bed instead of 48 reasons why you need to motivate yourself to get up in the morning. Glory in solitude instead of 10 ways you can stay on task and focus.” – Jocko Willink

26. “I had to take complete ownership of what went wrong. That is what a leader does — even if it means getting fired. If anyone was to be blamed and fired for what happened, let it be me.” – Jocko Willink

25. “Get After It.” – Jocko Willink

24. “There can be no leadership when there is no team.” – Jocko Willink

23. “The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be: Faster. Smarter. Stronger. More humble. Less ego.” – Jocko Willink

22. “When your feelings are screaming that you have had enough, when you think you are going to break emotionally, override that emotion with concrete logic and willpower that says one thing: I don’t stop.” – Jocko Willink

21. “People who are successful decide they are going to be successful.  They make that choice. They decide to study hard. They decide to work hard. They decide to be the first person to get to work and the last to go home.” – Jocko Willink

#20 of the Best Jocko Willink Quotes. “Leadership requires belief in the mission and unyielding perseverance to achieve victory.” – Jocko Willink

19. “Extreme Ownership is a mind-set, an attitude.” – Jocko Willink

18. “If frontline troops are unclear about the plan and yet are too intimidated to ask questions, the team’s ability to effectively execute the plan radically decreases.” – Jocko Willink

17. “Leading people is the most challenging and, therefore, the most gratifying undertaking of all human endeavors.” – Jocko Willink

16. “The goal of all leaders should be to work themselves out of a job. When mentored and coached properly, the junior leader can eventually replace the senior leader, allowing the senior leader to move on to the next level of leadership.” – Jocko Willink

15. “To implement real change, to drive people to accomplish something truly complex or difficult or dangerous — you can’t make people do these things. You have to lead them.” – Jocko Willink

#14 of the Best 50 Jocko Willink Quotes: “There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.” – Jocko Willink

13. “Once the wheels were in motion and the full resources of the team were engaged in that highest priority effort, I could then determine the next priority, focus the team’s efforts there, and then move on to the next priority.” – Jocko Willink

12. “The leader is truly and ultimately responsible for everything.” – Jocko Willink

11. “When personal agendas become more important than the team and the overarching mission’s success, performance suffers and failure ensues.” – Jocko Willink

Spongecoach’s Top 10 Motivational Jocko Willink Quotes


10. “Extreme ownership. Leaders must own everything in their world.  There is no one else to blame.” – Jocko Willink

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9. “Set your alarm clock and get out of bed when it goes off.” – Jocko Willink

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8. “There is no such thing as a weekend.  This is an everyday gig: Every day is a Monday.” – Jocko Willink

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7. “Ego clouds and disrupts everything.” – Jocko Willink

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6. “Hesitation is the enemy. It allows the moment to pass, the opportunity to be lost, the enemy to get the upper hand.” – Jocko Willink

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5. “Those weights in the gym – they aren’t going to move themselves. You have to do it.” – Jocko Willink

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4. “Go down swinging. And I’ll tell you: If you fight with all you have, more often than not, you won’t go down at all. You will win.” – Jocko Willink

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3. “If you allow the status quo to persist, you can’t expect to improve performance, and you can’t expect to win.” – Jocko Willink

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2. “Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get things done.” – Jocko Willink

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1. “Discipline Equals Freedom” – Jocko Willink

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Why you lack self discipline and how you can change it

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why you lack self discipline and how to fix it

Do you ever wonder why you lack self discipline?

If you do, then you’re in the right mindset and you’ve come to the right place. Questioning your work ethic and trying to figure out how you can achieve more is completely healthy. It means that you’re honestly assessing yourself and trying to figure out how to become better.  However, for you to improve upon your current self, you need to understand where self discipline comes from, and how you can create more of it.

First of all, you need to understand that self discipline comes from within. Hence, the word “self”. It’s the jerk in your mind that always speaks up when you want to take a break. Self discipline is that internal voice that tells you you’re being lazy.

Discipline can come from others and be harped onto you by coaches, trainers, or fellow teammates. It can come in the form of that YouTube guru or those life coaches that claim they’ll teach you how to live the life of your dreams and be the best you can possibly be. But, the reality is that the experts won’t show you how to create true change. All they do is provide you with temporary motivation.

Actually, the reality is – The majority of the “experts” are full of crap.

Nobody is going to teach you the “secret” on how to have more self discipline. They might teach you a few tips on how to be more productive, but those gurus aren’t going to show you how to institute a real change in your life.

That’s because external discipline and motivation aren’t permanent. They have no strength. They may give you a boost in the short term, but always die in the long run. They will never survive.

The truth is: What you need is more self discipline.

WHERE DOES SELF DISCIPLINE COME FROM?

Self discipline, as the word implies, comes from one self – it comes from you. It comes from that inner voice inside your head telling you to do the right thing and take the hard path. It’s the voice inside that speaks up when you have to make a disciplined decision to become better.

Self-discipline rises when you make the decision to improve by taking action. It’s the continued commitment – day in and day out – to stick to practicing your craft without seeing any results. It’s telling every quitting bone in your body to shut up and push forward.

Not having any results after a week? Perfect, you’re just learning the basics.

Couple of months in and you still aren’t where you want to be? Great – you can keep mastering your skills.

It’s been a year and you’ve only improved a little bit? Fantastic. That’s an entire year that you have on your competition.

Don’t expect to have success off of the bat – It takes time to be successful. All you need is self-discipline and to keep your eyes on the prize. Stay focused on what’s important, not what is entertaining. Your focus is what will separate you from your competition. It’s what separates the average people from the successful ones.

If you don’t think that you have enough self discipline, you’re probably right.  That’s because you can never have too much discipline.

Here’s what you need to understand about your lack of self discipline:

  • You don’t have it because you haven’t decided to commit to it
  • You don’t have it because it’s not important to you

YET.

What works to your advantage is that you can choose to fix the problem right as you’re reading this article. All you have to do is quit making excuses and commit to a higher level of discipline.

And, that commitment can come from only one person: YOU. It’s your choice to making it be an integral part of your character. Just make the decision and embrace the misery that comes from being more disciplined. Self discipline is not punishment – it’s just corrective behavior.

Rain or shine.
Mornings and evenings.
Weekdays and weekends.
Rich or poor.
Sick or healthy.

You can’t procrastinate. EVER.

Procrastination is the enemy of progress. Procrastination are just dirty, tiny little lies that we tell ourselves every day in order to justify our bad habits to ourselves. The earlier you understand that, the more you will get done. Don’t wait an hour or until tomorrow to get it done. Get what you need to get done right now.  Not tomorrow. Not in an hour.

RIGHT NOW.

HOW OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION CREATES SELF DISCIPLINE

You should be able to tell by now, according to the theme of this article, that you create self discipline by overcoming procrastination. Simply put, all you need to do is take action to create self discipline.

Instead of thinking about training, go out and train.  Instead of thinking about studying, crack open your books and start studying. Instead of thinking about how you’re going to get everything done this week, just start doing things and check them off of the list.

Having the necessary self discipline to achieve your goals isn’t hard to understand, but so many people want to make it more complicated than it has to be.

There is no secret to getting better at what you want to do. There is no secret to success. The “secret” is that you cut out all of the B.S. that’s out there trying to tell you how to do things in life. Then, once you have all of that noise out of your head, grind.

Work harder than anyone else. Put in the time to develop your skills.  Work when everyone else is playing. Have an obsession with becoming bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter.  Don’t rest until you’ve mastered what you want to master.  Then once you’ve mastered it, you keep practicing it because you know that you have to stay sharp in order to keep climbing to the top.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, then learn.  There are plenty of resources out there to help you learn whatever you want to learn.  You just have to put in the time and want to learn it. Embrace the pain from starting from zero and all of the failures that will come with it.  It will build resiliency and make you a ninja when it comes to your inner self-discipline.

So if you want to make that team you’ve always wanted to be on, earn a scholarship, keep getting a paycheck from playing, or want to get to the top in your respective field, there are four steps you need to follow to create self-discipline:

  1. Don’t procrastinate.
  2. Take action and get to work – RIGHT NOW.
  3. Don’t settle once you “think” you have it figured out.
  4. Keep outworking everyone around you.

The secret to success is outworking your competition. If you want to be bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter then you need to understand that you have to have BIGGER dreams, a STRONGER work ethic than everyone else, take FASTER action every day towards your goals, and be STRONGER than the voice inside your head.

If you want a non-bulls*t approach on what it takes to have more self discipline, then pick up former NAVY Seal Jocko Willink’s book Discipline Equals Freedom. Willink’s book is straight to the point on what it takes to be the best version of yourself, straight from one of the toughest people in the world.

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