The Difference a Minute Makes

Amazing the difference one minute can make in the world huh? At 11:59pm we’re talking about all the good and bad things that happened in 2016, and then all of a sudden at 12:00am we’re talking about all the things that we will (or won’t) accomplish in 2017.

And it all happened in the span of 60 seconds.

Imagine if all the minutes in your life had that same impact? What if we could completely change our outlook on the future in the next 60 seconds? Produce an optimism and excitement about what’s next rather than dwelling on what happened?

Every minute of your life you make choices. You make the choice to focus on the past or on the future. The choice to build positive or negative habits. You make a choice to take action or live with regret. Every 60 seconds in your life can have the same impact of 11:59pm on New Years Eve.

Happy New Year – may 2017 be a year full of minutes that make a difference.

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Zero Sum Game

Athletics is a zero sum game.

Black or White. Win or Lose. With the end result there is no shades of gray.

Individual performance? Sure, there is an ability to measure yourself and your performance, but as to the overall result, it is one or the other – not both.

What do you want the outcome to look like?

What price are you willing to pay?

Win or Lose?

#EUTM

“Attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind” – Jim Harbaugh.

One of my favorite sayings from a successful head coach.

We face challenges and obstacles every day in life and every shift in hockey. It isn’t a question of if we are going to encounter something in the path to our goal, but rather how we meet that challenge.

Enthusiasm and energy have the power to overcome almost anything that stands in your way. If you’re excited to take on an obstacle, you have a much greater chance of success.

Example: Tuesday night we played a very good UNE team at home. We went down 1-0 early on a deflected point shot off of a DZ faceoff. Rather than feel sorry for ourselves, we answered with lots of energy – we continue to fight when we went down 2-1 after the first despite outplaying our opponent by a wide margin. The final score? 7-4.

I believe we won on Tuesday night not because of talent, not because of tactics, but because of the energy, effort and enthusiasm that our team showed throughout all 60 minutes of the game. It was infectious and spread like a virus throughout our bench. There was no doubt that we were going to win the game, regardless of what the score was.

“Attack the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind”

DWYSYWD

DWYSYWD: Do What You Said You Would Do

Follow up & Follow through. Two things that sometimes seem to be going extinct in this world.

Too few people Do What They Said They Would Do. Talk is cheap. It’s easy to make promises, big or small. It’s easy to talk about ideas. It’s easy to talk about what you want to accomplish.

It’s hard to follow through. Follow through requires diligence. It requires attention to detail. It requires doing things that aren’t as glamorous as big picture thinking. Follow through has risk – failure, not living up to expectations.

It’s hard to follow up. How many ideas get left in space? How many thoughts and concepts never get executed beyond a meeting and a discussion? Following up has risk – you risk being a nag, you risk annoying someone.

But how many people are reliable? I bet most of us could count our most reliable friends & co-workers on one hand. Being reliable, DWYSYWD, is a rare trait. Want to stand out from the crowd? Differentiate yourself from others?

DWYSYWD.

FOMO

I spent a good chunk of Saturday cleaning out my personal email inbox. What started the day at approximately 4,900 messages ended at 173. Among the 4,500+ emails I eradicated from my inbox was a huge collection of marketing and promotional emails from companies I have purchased products from or joined their membership clubs. The “unsubscribe” button came in handy more than a few times.

The biggest chunk of emails that I had to sort through was the glut of leadership blogs and email lists I had subscribed to. Most of these delivered a message to me every day or a few times per week. I saw every one of them come in and then proceeded to not make the time to read them. But I kept them in my inbox, creating an unmanageable reading list of leadership material.

Why? FOMO – Fear of Missing Out.

I knew there were valuable nuggets of information in those messages. Maybe one had the insight I needed to help myself, my players or my team achieve the success we’re working towards. Maybe one of them held the key to unlocking my true potential. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

On Saturday, I decided to delete all of the leadership emails that I had not yet had the time to read or digest. The reality of life is that our brains can only process and retain so much information. There is a finite amount of time to read and mental capacity to retain. Attempting to play catchup on the 2+ years of leadership material that I had yet to read seemed futile. My Fear of Missing Out on some invaluable piece of information was conquered by my understanding of my own limitations. From now on, I will read the leadership blogs that I can each day, and delete/unsubscribe the ones that I cannot.

The world in 2015 is permeated by a sense of FOMO. We are constantly checking our notifications and messages for something that we should be doing/reading/seeing/talking about instead. The Pavlovian response mechanisms in our phones train us to be this way. Businesses are constantly searching for the next edge, the next big thing. Scouts. recruiters, and coaches are always looking for the next great player. Society doesn’t take time to appreciate our limitations and work with what we have.

“Comparison is the thief of all joy.” – Joshua Medcalf, Train 2B Clutch.

FOMO is the overwhelming comparison of our own present state to others. We need to stop comparing ourselves and start reveling in what we have. Don’t worry about what else is out there. Stay in the moment. Stay in the present. Do the best you can with what you have where you are. The rest will take care of itself.

Starting with my inbox, I’m fighting my own battle to conquer FOMO.

E vs M

E vs M

Enthusiasm vs Monotony

A daily battle. Who will win? The enthusiasm, passion and energy? Or the dull monotony that day-to-day life can drill into you?

Is today just like yesterday? Do you have a “case of the Mondays?” Are you merely getting through life’s challenges? Monotony is winning the war.

The choices we make every day determine the outcome. What music do you listen to? What articles and stories do you read? What videos are you watching? What conversations are you having (hope or despair)?

These seemingly minor decisions have a major impact on our mood, energy and outlook. Make today the day that Enthusiasm stages a comeback and beings an epic counterattack. Choose your music with intentionality (start the day with something that gets you fired up). Watch videos and read stories about successes. Bring energy to people and talk to those that have a high level of excitement.

One of my favorite phrases of all time belongs to the Harbaugh family: “Attack today with an Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind.”

Tony Robbins TED Talk

A great 20 minute talk looking at why we do what we do – well worth the time.