Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Tyler Chromey.

Someone once compared life to war. There are two types of soldiers…those who feel the fear and move forward and those who feel the fear and run away.

In sports and life, the winners and losers feel the same feelings. We all feel fear. The difference is that the winners feel the fear and do it anyway. The losers avoid the situation. In gymnastics, you may feel fearful of going on the balance beam, but it is your choice whether you do it anyway or give up. The more you face your fears, the less intimidating they will become. And pretty soon you will be comfortable being uncomfortable.

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Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Dave Ramos at the USTA High Performance Center in Florida.

In tennis, you have to follow-through.

The follow-through helps give you more depth and control on your shots.

In life, you also have to follow-through.

The follow-through helps turn your ideas, goals, and intentions into results.


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I was invited down to the Delray Beach ITC this past week by the great Chris Kennedy of Golfsmith. My plan was to do some book signings and create a buzz in Florida. Yes, I did sell quite a few books, but I did some other things that I feel were more valuable.

I talked to everyone I could at the tournament about my book, vendors, tennis directors, coaches, pro players and fans. I gave a talk at the USTA Florida Member Appreciation Day, donated signed copies of my book to the USTA, Match Point Ministries, First Serve, and the tournament itself. I also observed a women’s team match and spoke to some of the players.

What’s the message here?

Nobody’s going to ring your doorbell. You have to take action. Ideas are great, but the follow-through is better. Instead of “hoping” that you will become successful, take the necessary steps to increase the chances that you do.

Chris Kennedy of Golfsmith called me yesterday to tell me that people are still talking about my book in Florida.

Take action today!

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Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Ian Rubel.

What are you putting off doing?

Getting gas? Studying? Doing the dishes? Taking guitar lessons? Saving money?

“Oh, I’ll get to that tomorrow.”

We all talk a big game, but very few of us take action. The best ideas are often lost because of inaction.

Margaret Thatcher once said, look at some of your most satisfying days and you will see that they were not the ones that you sat around doing nothing but ones where you had so much to do and accomplished it all.

You may be putting something off because it may be a pain to do, but the truth is, if you postpone it, the pain will be even greater.

Here are some great quotes on the topic…

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.”

“We’re behind you all the way.”

“My parents told me I’d never amount to anything because I procrastinated too much. I told them, ‘Just you wait.’ “
-JUDY TENUTA, comedian

“A small amount of action is exponentially more powerful than the greatest idea.”

Think less, do more!

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Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Sandy Zio…Happy Birthday to a rock star!

I like to think that I have some important messages on my blog, in my book, and when I give motivational talks. But those important messages are nothing if you don’t do anything about them – if you don’t take action.

K – A = O (Knowledge minus Action equals Nothing)

Let me explain in a story…

A violin virtuoso living in America truly believed that he could play so well that he could actually charm a savage beast. Despite the warnings and pleas of his friends, he decided he would go to the jungles of Africa, unarmed, with only his violin to protect him. He stood in a clearing in the dense jungle and began to play. An elephant picked up his scent, and came charging toward him; but when he came within hearing distance, he sat down to listen to the beautiful music.

A hungry cat sprang from a tree with fangs bared but it, too, succumbed to the music. Soon a lion appeared to join the others. Before long, many wild beasts were seated near the virtuoso. He played on, unharmed.

Just then a leopard leaped from a nearby tree onto the violinist, and devoured him! As he stood licking his chops, the other animals approached, and asked, “Why did you do that? The man was playing such lovely music!”

The leopard, cupping his ear, said, “Eh, what’d you say?”

So it doesn’t matter what I put on this blog, if you don’t start to apply it to your own life. Don’t think about it…just do it.

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Here is an email I received recently…

I just finished your book….Very inspiring. I am working at becoming the athlete I once was and the book definitely gave me big push. My wife, Kathy and I are going to run a marathon in 2010 in Kauai. I am also running a half marathon this summer. I have never been a runner but the thought of running a marathon is an intriguing goal. So a few weeks ago, we came up with this plan. I have about 35 lbs to lose to get in shape for this and I plan on keeping those pounds off. I was in NYC yesterday and must have walked eight miles in my dress shoes. This morning I woke up and my feet were killing me. I really did not want to go running at 6:30am with my feet and back hurting, but after just completing your book (on the train home from the city) I felt like if I didn’t go for my morning run I would be letting myself down. It has been a long time since I felt that way, so thanks.

-Ted Borsuk

So the question isn’t “Can you?”

The question is…

“Will you?”

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Today’s message is especially dedicated to all the volunteers for Stockings with Care.

I’m giving a talk today to the business fraternity and students at Montclair State University. I am looking forward to it. Looking forward to meeting new people and hopefully motivating new people. I like to think that I’m making a difference.

Tonight, I have a meeting for the non-profit, Stockings with Care in New York City. “Stockings” provides toys, books, clothes, diapers and more for families in need. One year, a child asked for dog food so they could afford to keep their family companion. Stockings with Care sent a year’s worth of dog food. Making a difference.

I can’t tell you how much time I spend promoting my book and my motivational talks. And I can’t tell you how much of a buzz is being created around the world.

It’s not enough to be doing good things…people have to know about it. Put yourself out there.

So if you want to make more friends, go to where people are spending time.

If you want to get more clients, go to more networking events.

If you want to promote your concert at Carnegie Hall, start printing some flyers.

“It’s not only what you know, but who you know and who knows YOU.”

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I don’t really feel like blogging today – it’s cold this morning…I’m hungry, maybe nobody will read my blog today.

When the curtain goes up on Broadway, the actor can’t say, “Wait a second, stop. I don’t feel like the part yet.” They have to be in the part, whether they want to or not.

Blogging, tennis, school, work, and relationships are the same way. If you read my book, “Game. Set. Life.” you would know that most people act according to how they feel, but the real winners in life act how they should act, whether they want to or not.

Do you have ANY idea what you would be capable of, if you just took the right action, instead of negotiating with yourself to do otherwise?


“No person in a thousand has any clue of what he/she is capable of doing if they just made up their mind to do it.”

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