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“To be, or not to be: that is the question,” said William Shakespeare (from Hamlet)
“To tri or not to tri: that is the question,” said Dotti Berry (from Trek Women Triathlon Series).
Yes, I made the decision to tri. My friend, Sheldon, who has ALS and Sally Edwards, the legendary triathlon icon, both inspired Roby and me through the manner in which they approach life.
You can “try” or you can “tri.” People get the two confused.
The way it seems most people refer to “try” is via the following dictionary definition:
v. to make an effort or attempt: he tried to climb a cliff
I don’t know what you believe, but in the above scenario, the person either climbed a cliff…or he didn’t.
True Story: I had a person hand me a salt shaker one time and say, “Try to move that salt shaker across the table.” I picked it up and moved it to the other side. He said, “No, I said ‘try” to move it.” So, I held it, making great effort to hold on to it before finally moving it. He looked at me and said, “In life, you either do something or you don’t. Trying is an illusion.” That lesson stuck with me.
People often confuse success with lots of effort. Ironically, the opposite is often true.
Extra energy expended is often detrimental. Think I am kidding?
Think about Michael Jordan. Think about other world class athletes. Their movements are fluid and efficient.
The key to success, whether in sports or business, is eliminating extra and unnecessary effort, movement and energy. It is refining the behaviors and actions so that processes and systems are as efficient as possible.
You can “try” to complete a tri, but in the end result, you either complete it or you don’t.
And that is why completing a tri has everything to do with business success…if you understand the connection.
You either make the calls you need to make…or you don’t.
You either follow up…or you don’t.
You can “try to succeed” in business; however, you either succeed or you don’t. Assume 100% responsibility for either achieving business success or not achieving business success, without blaming others when you fail. This will enable you to refine those skills, behaviors and actions which lead to increased success the next time.
Tri it…you’ll like it!
That’s what we did for Sheldon… in honor of who he is in life.
In the second short video, Monica shows how choosing to learn to swim enabled her to complete a tri. Go Monica! Choose tri over try!
Love actually has a lot more to do with it (Everything) that you realize. Most importantly, how you love yourself shows up in the way you treat others in relationships, whether personal or business, the people with whom you surround yourself, and how much you will “allow” yourself to succeed in whatever your choose in life.
The bottom line is that human beings follow through on who we believe we are. WHO do you believe yourself to be?
March Madness & the Final Four? Stay with me…I will connect the dots!
If you aren’t where you desire to be in your life, perhaps it’s time to move beyond the little voices in your head! Who are they? They are your Board of Directors that probably should have been fired a long time ago! Simply thank them for their years of service, and say, “You’re Fired!”
Change is automatic…progress isn’t. Choose progress, because in choosing progress, you choose Life. Ultimately, Life is about progress, not perfection. A solid CORE…the synchronization of mind, body and spirit… is integral to your success in life. Create it step-by-step through ongoing progress.
The great statesman, Henry Clay, said
The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer.
Ah…the Final Four! After this next week-end, we will better understand what these players and coaches were doing last summer.
The bottom line is that You can’t WIN unless you put yourself in position to win. That is precisely what each of the Final Four Teams has done. Indeed, the ball must go above the rim in order to have any chance of going in and scoring points. It doesn’t matter how long the ball rattles on the rim before falling in. › Continue reading
My previous blog today about LSU beating Kentucky for the men’s SEC Basketball championship just kept spinning memories. Thinking about Joe Dean, Sr. led me to think about some of the greatest sportscasters in the SEC. Before Joe was Athletic Director at LSU, he was a sport announcer, and coined the term “string music.” I recall Larry Munson, nicknamed the “12th Man” for Georgia football. Seeing that my ex-husband was a HUGE Bulldog fan, I had no choice butto know this trivia! Then, of course, there was the authentic and irrepressible Caywood Ledford, the voice of the Kentucky Wildcats. just another stroll down memory lane today.
So, thanks again, Michael Montgomery, for triggering some great memories, even though I’m still upset that LSU beat my beloved Wildcats.
I have loved sports all my life, and would shoot hoops hour upon hour at the goal in my back yard. I was the “favorite” friend of all the guys in the neighborhood? Why? Well, first of all the basketball goal, and secondly, we had a coke machine by the fence where you could buy the old small bottled cokes for a dime. Just didn’t get much better than that. My love for basketball and working withkids led to me coaching a girls’ 10 & under team when I was a sophomore in high school. I also played on my high school team. For 9th and 10th grade, I played six player basketball. That’s just what girls did. Three guards on one side of the middle line, and three forwards on the other side. In the 11th and 12th grades, we had what was called “six player baksetball.” In this format, we had two guards on one side of the middle line, two forwards on the other side of the mid-court line, and two were rovers, and got to go the length of the floor. I was a rover and I LOVED IT! People always ask, “Did you play in college?” No. There were only a few teams in college for women, and it was until I was out of college that I was aware they existed. There was Delta State, Immaculata, and a few others. The first year I coached high school basketball was the first year in Georgia that girls played five player basketball, with all five running up and down the entire length of the court. From there, I went on to coach women’s basketball at the University of Kentucky. We had great teams, and we beat Tennessee and Pat Head Summit for the SEC Championship in 1982. Ahhh…memories. I truly got my love of sports from my Mom. She loves basketball, football, and baseball. She would put on the alarm so that she could listen to the Braves on the west coast when they played. She grew up in Corbin, Kentucky, so I was automatically indoctrinated early! Thanks Mom!
Ok, my friend, Michael Montgomery has his passion blog about LSU Sports. And now I have to listen right now on a webinar and hear all about it. While he is talking, I am going to come here and blog about it. Can you believe that Kentucky lost? And lost at Rupp Arena? I remember the first time I met Joe Dean, Sr., who was the Athletics Director at LSU at the time. I was a first year coach for women’s basketball at Kentucky, and only 27 years old. I was fortunate to learn from folks who headed up a top all-star camp at the time…Bill Bolton, who used to be at Florida State and other guys. Anyway, listening to Michael with him mentioning about Kentucky brings back memories. We set the women’s record for attendance in 1981, beating Old Dominion, with over 10,000 fans in the stands. That was when Anne Donnovan was playing. Anne went on to coach in the WBNA and win a champtionship in Seattle. She has coached the U.S. Olympic team. I went on to become a life-long visionary entrepreneur and also represented players in the ABL and WNVA. Well, Michael, thanks for triggering my trip down memory lane!
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