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Mike Ditka on How to Set Goals

Mike DitkaGoal-setting is an essential part of any success program. If you don’t have a clear vision of where you want to go, how can you ever expect to get there?

There are two approaches when it comes to setting goals.

One approach is set small, manageable, and “realistic” goals so that you’ll build your confidence and avoid disappointment. The other approach is to set big, crazy, and “unreasonable” goals so that even if you fall short of your goals, you’ll still be achieving much greater things than if you had aimed lower.

Highly-successful people follow the latter approach.

Mike Ditka is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s also one of only two people in history to win the Super Bowl as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach.

Here’s how Iron Mike advises people to set goals… [click to continue…]

Derek JeterDerek Jeter is a 14-time MLB All-Star and a five-time World Series champion. He owns the MLB record for most hits ever by a shortstop (3,465) and he has a lifetime batting average above .300. His 20-year career with the New York Yankees was one of the greatest in baseball history.

Jeter is also a case study in the power of positive thinking.

Baseball is a “sport of failure.” Even the greatest hitters of all-time—players like Derek Jeter—fail at the plate roughly 70 percent of the time. Each season, the very best teams in baseball must endure around 60 losses or more throughout the year. To overcome so much failure and to ultimately succeed at a high level for a long period of time is a lesson in perseverance.

And, as Derek Jeter points out, it’s also a lesson in positive thinking… [click to continue…]

Pat WilliamsPat Williams found extraordinary success when he found what he calls his “sweet spot” in life. One of the NBA’s most admired and accomplished executives, Williams is also a sought-after motivational speaker, the author of more than 100 books, and a former professional baseball player.

Williams was once asked what his “secret to success” was. The senior vice president of the Orlando Magic responded with this success formula…

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Michael JordanTo achieve any worthwhile goal, you have to be relentless.

You must have the grit and determination to never give up. You have to promise yourself that you will keep getting back up, no matter how many times you get knocked down. You have to commit yourself to always moving forward, no matter what type of adversity comes your way.

As stated in Think Like a Warrior, perseverance is a choice. You must CHOOSE to never give up on your dreams—no matter how tough it gets along the way. Making the choice to never give up is the first step to making any difficult dream come true.

However, when it comes to being relentless, it’s also important to understand that making the decision to never give up means being willing to adapt along the way. You have to be willing to change course and attack your goals in new ways if you hit a brick wall with your original plan.

Tim Grover is a sports performance coach who has trained world-class athletes like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade. Being relentless is the foundation of Grover’s philosophy and he’s known for pushing people further than they ever thought they could go.

Grover also knows that there will be times when you must change course and alter your plan of attack. This change requires courage… [click to continue…]

Bill Belichick’s 6 Lessons for Success

Bill BelichickBill Belichick is the NFL’s most successful current head coach. As leader of the New England Patriots, Belichick has won five Super Bowls, which ties him with legends Vince Lombardi and George Halas as the only head coaches to win five NFL titles. He is currently the longest-tenured coach in the NFL and he ranks fourth all-time in number of victories.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Belichick shared his thoughts on leadership and success. He offered these six lessons for finding success and happiness in life… [click to continue…]

Tony DungyTrue success is not defined by wins and losses, but by whether or not you’re living up to your full potential. That is why history’s greatest achievers, coaches, and athletes will tell you that success is a choice. No matter what your chosen profession is, what kind of competition you’re up against, who you are, or where you come from; you—and only you—can determine whether you are living up to your potential.

Reaching your full potential means becoming the very best version of yourself, and you are always in complete control of whether or not this happens.

Tony Dungy is a man who knows plenty about what it takes to reach your full potential. One of only three people to win the Super Bowl as a coach and as a player, Dungy uses these 15 keys as a guide to reaching your potential… [click to continue…]

Chuck NollWhatever your dreams are in life, the most surefire way to prevent them from coming true is to be afraid of what might happen if you fail while going after them. Sadly, this fear of failure is probably the most common dream-killer there is.

Gary Mack, the late sports psychology consultant who influenced thousands of athletes, coaches, and business leaders, explained why the fear of failure is so detrimental to your success… [click to continue…]

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