10 Things the Best of the Best Do Differently

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Something that has always fascinated me over the years is what are some of the things that the best of the best do differently than everyone else.

While there are many different qualities and habits that the best possess, here are 10 of some of the most common things that I have found that have helped them differentiate themselves from everyone else:

1. They constantly expand their vision.

Instead of letting their past mistakes, failures and hardships define their destiny, they constantly expand their vision as to what’s possible. They know that as long as they’re still breathing and get the opportunity to live another day, there is more for them to be, do and achieve.

2. They are extremely goal-oriented.

They take time out of the year to sit down and visualize what they want in their lives. Once they know what they want, they write down their goals and come up with a detailed plan for everything they have to do for it to become a reality.

3. They take massive action.

After they set their goals and come up with a detailed plan, they fully understand that absolutely nothing will work if they don’t work. Many people want to complain about their circumstances or how hard life can be, while the champions, the best of the best, just gets moving.

 

4. They surround themselves with supporters.

They have friends and people in their inner circle that help them grow, get better and achieve their biggest goals and dreams in life. They want nothing to do with people who suck the life out of everyone they come in contact with. The best of the best know how vitally important it is to surround themselves with a team of like-minded individuals who are going to help them win in all facets of life.

5. They are lifelong learners.

They are constantly searching for ways to grow and get better. They invest in their personal development and regardless of how successful they already are, you can always find them eager to learn something new, refine their skill set or simply grow in some way, somehow in some area in their life. They work harder on themselves than they do anything else.

6. They serve others.

They understand that true success and fulfillment comes from serving and helping others get to where they want to go. The best sales people serve. The best parents serve. The best executives serve. The best entrepreneurs serve. Regardless of what field or what one does for a living, the best of the best operate out of a servant mentality.

7. They work harder than anyone else.

Many people might think that they are just lucky or privileged but the truth is that a great percentage of the men and women who are at the top of their game and dominating their selected field work harder than anybody else. They have a ridiculous and what some would call a sickening work ethic. They still put in the long hours regardless of their bank balances and are absolutely never satisfied.

8. They don’t let failure stop them from taking action or trying something new.

The best of the best thrive under pressure. They love when their backs are against the wall and they have to perform at a high level. The best of the best actually love failure. They understand that the trials and tribulations that they go through are only present to help mold them into something better.

9. They believe in and work toward a vision or mission that is bigger than themselves.

Instead of being temporarily pushed by motivation or some exterior reward, they are being pulled by their powerful mission or cause that is way bigger than them.

10. They never give up.

This last one sounds so cliché but it’s unbelievable the amount of fight, persistence and perseverance that the best of the best display over the course of their journey. No amount of setbacks and failures will stop them from waking up each morning and getting ready to work.

They love the fight that it takes to be the best and completely understand that it’s not about instant gratification but who can persevere through the most crap. They have a last-man-standing-wins mentality. The day the best of the best gives up is the day that they will be in their coffins.

Adopt these 10 things into your life and maybe you too could eventually be among the best of the best.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

To Be an Extraordinary Achiever, Commit to Daily Excellence

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Every week, I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the world’s most extraordinary achievers. Being surrounded by these men and women opens my eyes to how they differentiate themselves from the rest of the population.

I’m not referring to anyone being better than the next person, because I truly believe we are all created equally. However, what I do refer to is how they think and go about their lives.

Vince Lombardi once said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

If you take a look at some of the world’s greatest athletes, most successful entrepreneurs, or anyone who has mastered their craft, you will find that they made a firm commitment to daily excellence. Constantly striving for excellence in every area of your life is ultimately what will determine the quality of your life, no matter what you do for a living.

Committing to excellence is what has shaped some of the most successful companies. Committing to excellence is what turns an average athlete into a great athlete. Committing to excellence is what spurs an ordinary person to creating extraordinary success for themselves.

Sure, you can show up at work and just keep busy and act like you are doing something when the boss is around, but is that really going to advance you to where you really want to go in life? I highly doubt it. But what will take you to where you want to go in life is to focus on the task at hand and commit to do your work to the best of your ability day in and day out.

Excellence is not about how much money is in your bank account or what kind of car you drive. Excellence is about waking up each morning and declaring that you will do your best at everything you do and be better than you were the day before.

Excellence is not about settling for average. When you give your all at everything you do, when you commit to excellence daily, you will suddenly start to see the quality of your life escalate. You will feel more at peace. You will feel a sense of accomplishment like never before because you know that deep down, you gave your all.

Make up your mind that you will commit yourself to excellence daily. When you do, you are well on your way to places where halfhearted people will never go!

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

Focus on Doing This One Thing Every Single Day

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In college, I had the wonderful privilege of playing football for coach Terry Hoeppner at Indiana University.

He was the type of leader who made a lasting impression on me after the first meeting for the rest of my life. His energy, enthusiasm and passion to bring out the best in others is what totally reeled me in when the time came for me to decide where I would play college football.

I still get the question all the time: “Why did you choose Indiana when you had the opportunity to go to programs that won championships before?” The reason why I chose Indiana University over other schools is because of the man who made a profound difference in my life, coach Hoeppner.

While I was at Indiana University, I and other members of my football team wore shirts with the letters GBT engraved on the back. This stands for “Get Better Today.” Coach Hep would remind us over and over again that the only thing that truly matters is to capitalize on the opportunity to live another day and promise ourselves to “GBT.” Above all else, if we focused on getting just a little better than the day before, over time the results would be substantial.

I still use the GBT method today and speak about it wherever I go. It doesn’t matter the type of work you do. This method can take you to the top and help you become the absolute best at what you do over time.

Something I often see is people seeking instant gratification without putting in the necessary work required. People forget the importance of waking up each morning and focusing solely on maximizing their life for that particular day — not tomorrow, next week or next month, but today.

Whether you’re an executive, teacher, salesman or stay-at-home mom, you have the opportunity to get better today. Every single day you’re faced with countless obligations and distractions. It’s your job to minimize the things standing in your way preventing you from becoming the best version of yourself and being phenomenal in the game of life.

One of the first decisions you can make is to determine that each day no matter what your circumstances are, the struggles you’re facing or how unhappy you are, you will find ways to get better. Some days will be challenging and will consume all your energy. But if you don’t make a deliberate effort to get better, you won’t.

Make the decision to GBT. Write it down on a Post-it note and place it where you can see it five or six times every day. Pick one area that you want to get better in for that day and write that down, too. Carry it in your wallet or purse and look at it every chance you get.

Over time, your decision to get better every single day will reap tremendous benefits in your life and drastically increase your success rate.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

Go All Out For Your Dream- What The Super Bowl Taught Us

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Now that the football season has come to an end, the Seattle Seahawks are crowned world champions. Just like the vast majority of the country, I tuned in to watch the game last night. I wasn’t necessarily rooting for one team in particular, but I did strongly believe that the Denver Broncos would come out victorious.

After all, they have one of the best to ever do it in Peyton Manning. It’s very hard to bet against greatness and a player of Peyton’s caliber.

I must admit, I was utterly shocked when halftime rolled around. However, I had no doubt in my mind that Peyton and that high powered offense would get their team back in the game. Boy, was I ever wrong.

The Seattle Seahawks completely dominated from start to finish. Even though the Broncos have a future Hall of Famer in Peyton Manning, the resilience and total team effort by the Seahawks was entirely too much for Denver.

The beautiful thing about football is that it can teach us a lot about life. What the Super Bowl taught us last night is that when you are willing to go all out for your dream and everyone buys into the same vision, victory is the end result.

Much of the talk leading up to last night’s game was how Seattle had no one on its roster with Super Bowl experience. Experience or not, Seattle wanted it more than Denver did. It was like watching a professional team play a college team. The Seahawks looked bigger, stronger, faster, and hungrier than the Denver Broncos. They were going all out for their dream.

Last night’s game reminded us the importance of just that.

The odds might be stacked against you, just like they were for the Seahawks, but when you are willing to do whatever it takes and believe in yourself and your vision every step of the way, you most certainly can live your dream.

Even though you don’t play for the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos, you have a Super Bowl championship to go out and win every single day.

Take note of what Seattle did to earn the right to be called world champions. It wasn’t luck. It was a whole lot of preparation, tremendous belief, perseverance, and teamwork in order for their dream to work.

No matter what you do for a living, we can all take away the life lessons the Seattle Seahawks demonstrated all season long.

The Power is Already Within You

The Power is Already Within You

The past failures. The past mistakes. The past heartbreaks…..Let them go! Stop letting things from the past weigh you down and paralyze you from tapping into the amazing God given power that is already within you.

Directing your focus towards everything that went wrong in your life will do nothing but keep you exactly where you are at. If you want to move forward in life is which I am sure you do, you must be willing to press forward and focus on all of the positive in your life.

The seeds of greatness are planted in each and every one of us. Not in some of us, but all of us. We all have big dreams and strong desires. Things we want to accomplish, things we want changed, and things we want to do throughout the course of our lives. But so often, life has a tendency to get in the way. Big plans never fall through. Tragedy strikes once again. This can create an atmosphere for settling to take place. Settling for second best and less than what you deserve.

Don’t settle for second best. Don’t put the power and greatness that is already within you on the back burner. We are all here for a purpose. Nothing in life is a waste and most certainly not yourself. Instead of focusing on the losses in your life, focus on the wins. No matter how big or small they may be, get in the habit of counting your blessings. Your wins. The moments of happiness.

Do everything in your power to get your fire back. Claim your greatness and recreate your swagger. Develop and search for a deeper meaning for your life. Continually put yourself in a positive, faith-filled environment everywhere you go. Don’t wait for others to do good until you do good, take initiative and set the tone. Be the leader you were born to be.

The message that I want to get through to you today is that you are already equipped with everything you need to make your life phenomenal. To make your life a masterpiece and leave a spectacular legacy that lives much longer than you do.

Don’t wait any longer to speak and think victory over your future. Every day remind yourself how powerful you truly are. Say over and over to yourself, “I am a winner. No loss or defeat can override the greatness that is already within me. I am blessed with an overwhelming amount of joy.”

The power is already WITHIN YOU.

Live Your Life Like it Matters

Life That MattersIf you have made mistakes or failed in the past, so what!  If you have been a success and everything is going just fine, you can do better!

Every moment in life is an opportunity to get better.  No matter what has happened in the past, whether good or bad, we should always be searching for new ways to grow, learn, and capitalize on past failures and successes.

There is something beautiful within you.  There is something powerful within you.  There is something extraordinary in you.  Don’t live life out of past experiences.  Live out of your imagination.

Take a moment and look around.  See all of the amazing possibilities that are all around you.  Envision yourself living your best life.  Picture yourself achieving your biggest goals and dreams.  How does that make you feel?  Capture that moment and never forget how it makes you feel.

It’s very important to never stop running toward your dream.  You have everything you need to make your life a masterpiece.  Right now isn’t the time to get caught up in the many distractions that loom all around you.  Right now isn’t the time to give up and let fear override your biggest aspirations and dreams in life.  However, right now is the right time to keep believing and working all day and night on your dream.  Right now is the right time to give new meaning to your life.  Right now is the right time to live with passion and make the most out of today.

Don’t go another day postponing what’s important to you.  No one will ever just hand you a life worth living.  That will come from a burning desire to do more and become more daily.  Accept nothing less than world class.  Accept nothing less than excellence.  Accept nothing less than living what’s inside of you.

Do everything in your power to not just go through this day, but to GROW through this day.  Live your life like it matters, because it most certainly does!

This Is Your Time To Shine

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This is your time to shine!  You are equipped and empowered with everything you need to make your life meaningful.  Please understand that the only limitations you have are the limitations you place on yourself.  You have the ability to rise higher, overcome every obstacle, and experience greatness!

Instead of looking far ahead into the future, learn to love your life right now, right where you are.  No one ever said you wouldn’t experience storms, but you do have the power to find peace in the midst of storms.  Today, trust that everything is working in your favor.

Don’t try and cheat looking for shortcuts in life.  Regret eats millions of people up every single day.  Don’t let today come to an end with you having regret about anything you did or didn’t do.  If there is something you want to do, do it!

If there is someone who means the world to you, tell them!  If there is a dream you have been putting off, pursue it wholeheartedly!

This is your time to shine.  Let your life and actions speak so loud in such a beautiful and special way that people can’t help but want to take their life to the next level when they see you. You are special. You are powerful.

Are You Willing To Pay The Price?

One of the major differences that separates the average from the great is their willingness to sacrifice. The average person who has achieved just average results will complain about not being satisfied with where they are in life. They will keep telling you over and over again about all of the reasons as to why they aren’t where they think they should be in life.

On the other hand, the greats make no complaints at all. They know that when you put in the work every day, you don’t have to worry about the results. They fully understand that their willingness to pay the price and sacrifice greatly will lead them to the results they were looking for.

Every day an ordinary person is achieving extraordinary success because of their willingness to sacrifice and outwork everyone else.

Everything worthwhile in life has a price tag, and that goes for  your biggest goals and dreams in life as well. Are you willing to pay the price?

When I was a junior in high school, I made a decision and declared that I wanted to get a division one scholarship. Mind you, I was coming off a very mediocre junior season with no collegiate teams taking notice. The first thing I did was ask myself if I was willing to pay the price.

Instead of enjoying myself on the weekends with friends, going to parties, or taking time off, I devoted seven days a week towards training and refining my craft as a football player. Before the start of my senior season my sacrifice and willingness to pay the price started to pay off. When it was all said and done, I earned nineteen division one scholarships.

Even though athletics is what introduced me to the importance of making sacrifices for worthwhile goals, the same goes for every area of our lives. I’m sure the goals and dreams you have for your life are enormous and very worthwhile to you, which means you have to ask yourself if you are willing to pay the price.

Everything worthwhile in life doesn’t come easily. Financial independence, losing a certain amount of weight, starting your own business, or even having a successful marriage. It all comes with a price that you have to be willing to pay in order for it to become a reality.

For the goals and dreams that you are currently working towards, ask yourself every day if you are willing to pay the price. Think of all the amazing benefits that you would experience if you were to achieve your goal or dream. When you start imagining and visualizing in clear detail what it would be like to make your dream a reality, you will develop a deep desire to willingly pay whatever price.

Leave the excuses aside. When you are willing to pay the price and sacrifice greatly, you will never finish second to anyone and be well on your way to live a life of greatness!

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