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MESSAGE #1630 PERSISTENCE

Recently, I was watching the press conference for Yankee catcher, Jorge Posada’s retirement from baseball. As Jorge spoke, reflected on his career and answered questions from the media, I couldn’t help but think about a story I once heard about the young Posada in Puerto Rico.

When Jorge was just starting out in baseball, Jorge Sr. insisted that Jorge become a switch-hitter, but Jorge hated batting left-handed.

“He cried and he cried, and he cried, because in the game he would strike out, and strike out, and strike out,” his father said.

In fact, in his first 17 left-handed at-bats, the young Jorge struck out each time.

Then, in his 18th at-bat Jorge hit a home run. After he rounded the bases, the proud young Jorge said, “Oh father, thank you. Thank you, father.”

The greatest athletes in the world know that persistence pays off.

Are you willing to put off what you want now for what you want most?

MESSAGE #1629 ALL YOU NEED…

Poor people have a big TV. Rich people have a big library. Enlightened people know that all you need is already inside you.

MESSAGE #1523 PRE-COMPETITION

What do you think about before you compete?

Do you think about how good your opponent is?

Do you think about the fact that you NEED to win this game?

Do you think about who will be there watching?

If you answered yes to any of the above three questions, you will not be in your performance zone.

Before you compete, you should be thinking about your game plan and HOW you want to compete. Think about WHAT will put you in the best position to win. Think about giving a full effort, and think about what a great opportunity it is to compete.

Then, just do it.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center
609.558.1077
ed@edtseng.com

MESSAGE #1521 HUNGRY?

I have a feeling that there is a reader out there who knows exactly what they need to do to succeed.

In fact, MOST of you know exactly what you need to do to succeed.

Practice more.

Study more.

Make sales calls more.

So what is the difference between most people and the peak performers?

ACTION.

If you know what to do, but you don’t do what you know, it’s like going to a restaurant, reading the menu and leaving.

Think about that.

MESSAGE #1455 TEAM

It’s more important to be the best person FOR the team than to be the best person ON the team.

MESSAGE #1434 ACTION

Five baseball players were sitting on a bench. Three of them decided to go practice.

How many baseball players were left?

Answer: Five.

Just because three players decided to go practice, doesn’t mean they did.

Just because you say you’re going to start working out, doesn’t mean you will.

Just because you say you’re going to start eating healthy, doesn’t mean you will.

I don’t care about what you DECIDE.

I care about what you DO.

What are you going to do today?

MESSAGE #1422 SUCCESS DOES NOT COME IN BOTTLES

Affirmations are powerful.

Limiting beliefs are weak.

This morning, while I was working out, I dropped down for some pushups. The average person can do 20 pushups. When I was in serious training years ago, I would perform pushups with a 15-pound plate on my back, so that when I would do regular pushups, I could do 60 almost effortlessly.

It’s been a while since I have done pushups, and an even longer time since I have done them with a 15-pound plate on my back, but I was warmed up and optimistic.

I dropped down, and was able to do 20 pretty easily and at 30, I began to feel it and thought that I couldn’t do anymore. I wanted to stop.

But I didn’t.

I pushed through the feeling of “I can’t do anymore” and then reached 40. And then 50. I had to really reach down and push to get to 60, and I did.

How many times have you been at the gym, at work or at school and thought, “I can’t do this” or “I can’t do that” and then you stop? It’s happened to all of us.

The secret is that you can act differently than how you feel.

Push through it.

Say “No, thank you” to your limiting belief.

Muhammad Ali said, “Suffer now and spend the rest of your life as a champion.”

Now, doing 60 pushups probably does not qualify me as a champion, but that’s not the point.

It’s the principle. I am training myself to act differently than how I feel.

That’s what champions do.

Why would you condition yourself to give up?

Why would you tell yourself you can’t do something?

What if you asked yourself a more powerful question, like, “HOW can I do it?”

If you remember nothing else from this blog entry, remember this…

Success doesn’t come in bottles, it comes in “CANS.”

You can do it.

Leave your comments below.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center
609.558.1077
ed@edtseng.com

MESSAGE #1414 HOCUS-POCUS

It’s not about hocus-pocus, it’s all about focus-focus.

I may not know you, but I know something about you—you want to be great at something. How do I know this? Because you’re reading this blog. It doesn’t matter what you want to be great at, it could be sports, business, school, a musical instrument, or cooking. The strategy is the same.

Most people think success has to do with magic. They think that “one day” success will come to them. But the truth is, it’s not hocus-pocus, it’s focus-focus.

What are you focusing on?

You might have a great idea, but a great idea is nothing if you don’t take action.

Here’s a secret formula: K – A = 0 (Knowledge minus Action equals Nothing).

You probably know what to do, but you are not doing what you know.

1. Take a piece of paper, an index card, post-it note, anything to write on.

2. Write down one goal you would like to attain today, e.g. practice, workout, make 10 sales calls, send your best client a free gift.

3. Then write down exactly where, when and how you are going to do it.

4. Just do it.

5. Remember, motivation is not a feeling, it’s an action.

Thanks for reading.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center
609.558.1077
ed@edtseng.com