Monday, December 31, 2012

Warning: Average Not Allowed


Get ready, it's coming! The first part of an extended series is almost here. I'm partnering with John Williams, of Axon Sport Performance to bring you a different type of Ebook, released in a way most aren't. 

The 1% Mindset, when tapped into, provides you with an unlimited source of confidence. Make the decision that you're finished settling for an average way of competing, working, or living.  Be a model for your kids, show your peers that sacrifice is the only way, or prove to your parents "realistic" doesn't exist. 

Stay tuned ... it's on the way! 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Commit To Pain


"You want to have what I have but don't want to do what I do."
-Unknown


Many talk about reaching higher plateaus and becoming more successful, but few will do what it takes to get there. The next level isn't sexy ... it's sweaty! You need to get dirty, bleed, and reach total exhaustion. The 1%, not only understand this, they love it! 

Commit to pain, experience pleasure. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Universal Law


We're here to love, grow, learn, and especially GIVE! 

Becoming "successful" isn't about what we attain, it's about how much we share along the way. 






Friday, December 21, 2012

Get Your Mind Right

Adam throws down the challenge in this video - if you like aggressive, here you go!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Catching Dreams

I've received so many messages about Giavanni Ruffin, here you go. He's on a mission to make the NFL, and won't be outworked. Take No Days Off is his way of life!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No Fear Allowed


Talking from experience, there's nothing worse than allowing fear to dictate your decisions. I had to consciously decide that I would no longer allow that to happen, and focus every second of every day on that goal. 

If you want this type of change, there's no secret - you must get engaged, and dedicate every waking moment to making it happen. 

Fearlessness is the answer!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Raise The Bar


"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
-Michelangelo

It's simple ... the most successful people in history aren't afraid of high expectations - they thrive on them. If you want to achieve huge, you can't ask yourself to strive for little. The challenge for most is the illusion of failure if the goal isn't reached, but failure can only happen if we succumb to the fear of missing our mark. 

Raise the bar higher than most can fathom, and have the courage to attack that bar with unrelenting dedication!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Service Over Selfish

Here's Part 3 of a 4 part series - how to separate from the masses, 1% style. When I switched my mindset to understanding THIS concept, my entire life changed.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Keep Attacking Your Dreams

After years of retirement, MJ is still used as an example of what it means to be the best. His physical talent is rarely talked about as being the separation factor. It was his ability to dominate an opponent mentally and emotionally that has set him apart, not only from basketball players, but from the majority of all other athletes in history.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Master Your Reflection


Before anything can happen, you must get honest with yourself. No more hiding behind what you want others to think; no more pretending it's all o.k. Stop thinking it'll fix itself somehow, sometime when you're not looking. It won't.

What's your mirror truly need? What changes must occur today in order to allow your potential to scream? Who do you need to call, text, or email? What excuses have to be erased? 

Until you're honest, dreams will wait, soon disappearing forever. Don't be that person who wishes he would've only ....


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Have Unflappable Faith

Separation, 1% Style ...

Last week, in Part 1, I talked about creating the mindset of a professional poker player - having an unmatched level of fearlessness and being able to shove all of your chips in the middle of the pot, regardless of the cards you're holding.

This week, Part 2 is about having unflappable faith.

Monday, December 10, 2012

They Stop, You Attack


The key to reaching any goal you have isn't speed ... it's perseverance. 

While most stop when it gets too frustrating, you keep pushing. The mind will play tricks on you - telling you it's too difficult and not worth the struggle. Don't listen. Tap into your driving force, stare straight ahead, and attack.

Keep stepping, knowing one of those steps will land you directly on top of your goal!

It's coming. I promise you. It's coming.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Laser Focused

Thanks to Adam Ali for asking me to narrate his new promo video. He made big changes in his life and is inspiring millions to do the same.

His ebook, How To Be Laser Focused is awesome! Download it HERE for free.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Take No Days Off

Giavanni Ruffin is on a quest to make it to the NFL and won't stop until it's realized.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Emulate The Poker Pro

Kicking off my 4 part series on Separation, 1% Style ... professional poker players have this mastered!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Beyond Reason

"What is known has already been done. It is the unknown that drives them ..."

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Predator Or Prey


Every morning, when the clock hits 3:45 and my eyes open, I have two options: Stay in my warm bed or get up and be the model for my daughter. If I remain tucked under my covers, I instantly lose the opportunity to teach Logan that anything in life is attainable if you're willing to sacrifice, endure, and be relentless. At 3 1/2, she already asks me why I'm on the computer when she wakes up every morning. My answer will help mold how she thinks and who she becomes.

When I wake up earlier than the sun, I become the predator, losing the victim's mentality, and gain a competitive edge over who I used to be. If I ask my students to do "whatever it takes," I better be willing to do the same, if not more! 

There are only two options: Predator or prey. If you're not outworking your competition, you'll get eaten alive today. Life is an immense competition, on and off the playing field. You're competing in the classroom, on your college applications, and after you earn a degree and attempt to make your mark on the world. If you're unwilling to grind for what you want 24/7, 365, you have no chance of succeeding against those who are.

Move over or get run over!

The #1 rule I live by: To achieve what 99% can't ... I must do what 99% won't.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Driven By Impossible

The next time you doubt anything, no matter how big or "impossible" it seems, remember Jack Taylor. This Grinnell College guard scored 138 points in a basketball game last week, shattering the NCAA record. Lakers star Kobe Bryant said, "I don't care what level he's on, that feat is insane."

Scoring 138 points with no one defending you would be an unbeilable achievement!

Jack's the definition of believing before evidence. He obviously knew he could score ... but 138 points in one game? Impossible no more!

Don't allow anyone to dictate your belief system. If you want something, decide it'll happen, decide you'll endure any amount of pain necessary, and decide you'll battle for as long as it takes. It's only impossible until someone achieves it. Are you going to be the person who waits for records to be broken or will you make up your mind that you'll be the one who breaks them?

The 1% is driven by impossible!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

ThanksGIVING


The greatest gift I was ever given was my family. The day my tennis partner decided to quit was the day I met my wife. I was supposed to be in Germany that Friday night, but instead was forced to stay home because he changed his mind - he didn't want to compete anymore. Thank God he did!

"I'd like you to meet my roommate, Liane," my friend said. 

The rest is history! 

The day my daughter was born, was the day I was born ... again. No one prepared me for the emotions I would experience and the deep sense of responsibility I would feel. My instincts would tell me to acquire, achieve, attain. And that's what I would set out to do. I wanted to make (X) amount of money before (X) year. I visualized it every day, but never felt whole with the visual - never felt fully committed to that future plan. Achieving money never resonated with me, making me feel like a failure - I wanted my family to taste that type of financial freedom. 

Then I met the man who changed it all for me. He was homeless as a boy, kicked out of his house at 16 years old, but worked his tail off to become a huge success 20 years later. The conversation I had with him altered my life forever. He reminded me that money should never be the motivational factor, but instead, a deeper emotional connection that would drive me to a nonstop fury. 

"If you want to provide financial freedom for your family, then give away as much of your time as possible," he said. 

This was counterintuitive to me, but I trusted his years of experience - he wasn't just talking it, he was living it every day. The second I erased money from my visual, and solely focused on helping those who wanted it ... BOOM! 

It's Thanksgiving. Don't just say the words, live the meaning. What have you done this year to help those around you? Life isn't about attaining, it's about learning and sharing. Be grateful and give. 



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

There Are No Rainy Days

Never settle for less than ridiculous levels of success. Do what they won't ... achieve what they can't!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Want New? Do New.


Most don't mind sacrifice if it's free, painless, or comfortable. That's NOT sacrifice!

In order to achieve something great, you must give up something great ... usually your time and comfort levels. 1% Success comes to those who are willing to feel pain and struggle, love and embrace it. It may last an hour, month, or 10 years, but the pain will disappear, leaving behind your dreams!

Decide you'll do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. This is true sacrifice.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

No More Excuses


It's very simple: If you really want something to happen in your life, you'll do whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes. If you just "kinda want it," you'll find an excuse.

Get it done! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Raise Your Expectations

I wanted to share four outcome goals an athlete of mine wrote down, regarding an upcoming soccer tournament she has:

1. No goals scored on us. If it happens, I'll take full responsibility.

2. I'll have huge impact on the field. My opponents will envy or hate me - no other option.

3. Make someone cry.

4. Sign a Division 1 scholarship on the spot from one of the many college coaches watching.

To most, these goals sound aggressive, cocky, maybe even arrogant. Why does she want an opponent to cry or hate her? Why will she feel responsible in a team sport? This athlete is willing to put the entire team on her back, and do whatever it takes to separate from the pack. She's completely uninterested in being liked on the field ... only respected and feared. She's a beast during competition, and is why at 16 years old, already has D1 offers on the table. 

To achieve what they won't, you must do what they can't. Raise the bar for yourself!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Confidence Isn't Good Enough


Chip Kelly, Oregon's football coach is revolutionizing the way the college game is played and especially thought about. 

He doesn't settle for confidence ... he expects dominance!

Coach Kelly's expectations are set for the total destruction of their opponents' will. The old school way of thinking is "slow and steady" will win the game - Chip's mindset is about ripping your heart out NOW! He wants to score on you every single play, and fast. 

I highly suggest you adopt this mentality. Make sure your goals are being attacked with a fever pitch. Opportunity won't hang around forever, so while you have a chance, strike now. 

Lose your focus on confidence ... switch it to dominance!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Lost Generation?

Is this generation growing up lazy and lethargic? Some say yes, others choose to do something about it!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Live Or Die

Unbelievable story of a boy who was driven by impossible! He said, "It was a future I couldn't accept."

Monday, November 5, 2012

I AM Having Fun


Someone recently suggested to me that I should have more fun. "Life's too short," he reminded me. Life IS short, which is why I stopped having the fun I used to regularly take part in. My life used to be full of nonstop fun, screwing around and achieving nothing. I'm through with that type of "fun!"


Waking up at 4:00 am is fun, knowing I'm teaching my daughter she can have anything her imagination can picture - all it takes is a willingness to work harder than the majority surrounding her. 

The past kind of fun I took part in would've taught her how to be lazy and afraid. It would've shown her that mediocrity is an o.k. way to live and taking risks isn't a normal part of life. The type of fun I used to have would've kept me out of her life the majority of nights and weekends, as I high-fived buddies and lived for the football team of my choice. 

The old fun was exciting ... and selfish. My new fun is committed ... and dedicated to my family's future and legacy! 




Thursday, November 1, 2012

Take Advantage Of Opportunity



Your time doesn't tick, tick, round-n-round, as most believe ... it slides away. 

You don't have the time you think to accomplish your goals. If you don't capitalize on it right away, it will disappear. Act with passion. Act now! Opportunity is sliding down into the bottom of your hour glass, one grain at a time. Eventually, it won't be there anymore.

The hungry take advantage, the weak make excuses.

Who are you?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

You're Being Watched


Mother Teresa gave until it hurt ... then she gave even more! 

When you're striving, working, attaining, remember that you're being watched - maybe by younger ones, looking for a role model. Someone around you is searching for help. 

Be selfless in your actions, kind in your words, and know that you're an inspiration to someone - maybe even a total stranger.

Your goals may be personal, but your achievement of those goals must be shared!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Be A Dream Catcher


Achieving your goals, changing your habits, creating a "new you" isn't a technique ... it's a lifestyle. Immerse your every waking hour into becoming that person you know is inside of you. 

Don't be a dream chaser, be a dream catcher!

99% talk about what they want and what they'll do to attain it, but the committed and passionate 1% get it done!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Stop Being Afraid

This one changed my life a few years ago. Fear had dominated me, as it does so many, but the moment I took control, everything improved!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekend Rerun ...

Kevin gives a powerful message about desire not being enough, but having a "why" being absolutely mandatory! 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Flip The Switch


Wake up with a sense of urgency! 

What will you do today that's never been done?

Attack your fears and doubts with a passion 99% can't fathom.

Game time is now. Your future is now. 

Strike.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Live It, Breathe It, Sleep It

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe" isn't a sign you hang on the wall or in the locker room ... it's a way of life! It's a hunger, a passion, a decision that you'll no longer settle for less.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Offensive Minded

Listen to how he describes his mindset. There's no doubt, fear, or worry about what "may" happen. He only focuses on MAKING it happen!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Find Your Reason


In order to be a phenomenal singer, you must emotionally own each song from the inside-out, making it come to life. No matter how beautiful your voice sounds, if the audience can't feel you, it'll fall on deaf ears. This emotional connection is the key to making your dreams become a reality, regardless if you're a singer, athlete, entrepreneur, mother, or father. Find your "why," create your greatness!

This picture epitomizes my "why." I know I've posted about Logan in the past, but when you're internally locked-in to why you do what you do, it's who you become, 24/7. She's the reason my passion for the 1% Mindset bleeds out of me every second of the day. How she chooses to view each difficult circumstance is my reason.

When you tap into your motivation for breathing, and emotionally connect to it, you'll witness every ounce of potential spill out of you.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Difficult Is The New Easy


If you want easy, take up checkers. If you want life long success, take up difficult. 

If you're not failing on a regular basis, you're not pushing yourself hard enough. Out of that failure comes strength of character, confidence, and a path to greatness. 

If you avoid the drop, you'll miss the rise.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

You Win Because You've Lost


Most don't understand the power of failure. The majority spend their day avoiding it at all cost because they've been programmed to believe failure is the opposite of success. In reality, failure is the seed success is born from.

When I speak to those striving to reach their "next level," I make sure they understand I'm where I am strictly because of the failures in my life. I don't speak from a place of success, but rather from a place of rock bottom. Everyone has failed and can relate to the emotions associated, but not many understand the power each failure holds for their future.

Instead of constantly looking for ways to succeed, create a mindset of designing a path of risk and potential failure. If you do fall, stay there longer than you normally would - embrace this time, learn it's power, and rise higher because of it. Fall hard, climb high.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

1st Ever Motivational Throw-Down ...

Ray Lewis: One of the NFL's all-time best, also known for his motivational speeches.

Eric Thomas: Universally recognized as the voice of, "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, THEN you'll be successful."

Someone Tweeted Eric, saying Ray would tear him up as a motivational speaker. Eric replied, "Call Ray right now - let's do it anywhere. As matter of fact, let's do it in Ray's locker room, speaking to his Ravens team ..."

Who's better? You decide. Not even close, in my opinion. Ray may want to duck ... ET's swinging!




OR

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Boom, It Hit Me ...


I wanted to share a message that was recently sent to me, anonymously. This person proves that pain and struggle is real, but doesn't have to run our lives forever. Thank you for allowing me to take a glimpse into your life - I'm humbled beyond words.

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"I woke up and saw nothing of myself. It was as if I didn't exist and had nothing to offer this world. Hopelessness was my best friend, always pointing me in her direction, and holding my hand on the path to nowhere. I cried. I never laughed. I smiled, only to wonder at what it would be like to do it for real and feel it's power. 

When I arrived at school, I wore a 7 hour mask, hiding the fear and doubt from all that whispered, "are you o.k.?" Of course I was fine. Not really. I wasn't fine at all. I was wondering on a path to nowhere. As the clock ticked, purpose for my day became obviously nonexistent, making the frustration of my path even stronger. No one knew my pain. No one understood my agony. I was alone.

Then it all changed ...

I woke up one Tuesday morning, and asked myself why I was living this way. When I couldn't come up with a good answer, I thought maybe I didn't HAVE to continue. I then took 30 minutes to make believe I wasn't sad and alone, and imagined my life with purpose, dedicating it to helping people like me. I sat and visualized myself as a changed person, and as you always say, "BOOM," it hit me: I didn't have to remain walking on this path. I had choices and control over my destination. There were others stuck in the darkness I knew too well, and I would help them. I would touch their future and teach them that they can overcome anything. 

I'm in the beginning stages of this process, but it's happening. I no longer feel darkness and loneliness and I've thrown the mask I wore to school in the garbage. Thank you for helping me see that, no matter how impossible things seem, we always have a way through. My way out of the sadness may not be how everyone finds their way out, but it worked for me, and I'll help them find what works for them. 

Here's to a life of purpose and passion." 





Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Do What No One Will Do

The 1% separate themselves by doing what no one would think of doing!

This is from a year Pat Summit lost first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in Tennessee history. She's one of the all-time greatest coaches because she holds her players to a higher standard ...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fearless Dad vs. Safe Dad

Mediocrity begins this early, unknowingly grown from the safety nets of the adults around us.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

The 1% Broadcasted Live

I took the 1% Mindset live, on-air, with host John Williams of AXON Sport Performance. We focused on the importance of eliminating mediocrity from our lives and how to raise the bar of expectation, on and off the athletic field.

Listen to internet radio with AXON SPORT PERFORMANCE RADIO on Blog Talk Radio

Thursday, October 4, 2012

1% Mindset Live On Air



Join me live tonight, HERE, talking 1% Mindset
with John Williams of Axon Sport Performance.
9pm EST. Be a part of the show by calling (347) 237-4682. 



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Play Big Or Not At All


Risk. Love. Endure. Succeed. Repeat.

If you want your 1% Success Story written, you must risk failing, over and over again until your efforts and game plan stick. 

The love of the fight, confrontation, and battle to make it happen must excite you. Instead of shying away from the grind, learn to invite it into your day.  

The 99% want the immediate win, and are willing to succeed 364 days / year, knowing on day 365, they're likely to lose it all. The 1% are capable of enduring agony for 364 consecutive days, knowing on day 365, they'll find overwhelming success, making the past worth the pain.

After all the risk, love for the fight, and endurance of struggle ... your goals will be reached. Ironically, because you're the 1% and hungry to continue improving, you'll set new heights and repeat the process.

It's not about attaining ... it's about crawling, bleeding, sweating. You gotta love it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Reach Beyond Your Best

You're the only person who can define your best. Strive for more than you've ever accomplished in the past.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bordering On Arrogance


There needs to come a time in your life where you decide nothing will get in your way ... period! Until this day, your goals will remain wishes and hopes.

No matter your circumstance, dreams can manifest for you, but you first must know they will. Excuses disappear, drive and hunger take over. 

There's no Easy Button ... only sweat, frustration, and eventual celebration.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Now What


We're all going to lose ... and often. Defeat isn't the issue, being able to ask yourself, "Now what" is what will make or break us. Getting used to, and accepting the loss is the killer of all competitors. Once we give-in to the defeat, part of our soul dies.

Perseverance, resiliency, and a commitment to never quit after a loss is what separates the 1% from the 99% - the elite from the average. Give 100% effort on and off the athletic field, and never EVER accept defeat. Never allow it to dictate who you are and what you believe about yourself. 

Did you fight to your maximum ability? Did you sweat and bleed every last bit of energy out of your system? Will you come back next time even hungrier? If your answer is yes to those questions, you can't lose! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

1% Radio Interview


Thank you 100.5 for asking me to be a guest on your show. Along with hosts Paul Arco and professional golfer, Chelsea Bach, we discussed the 1% Mindset ... in and out of the athletic arena. This mentality isn't about sports, it's about changing lives!

       Our segment of the 1% Interview begins at 37:15.

Take yourself to the next level! 




Saturday, September 22, 2012

My Reason ...



You must know why you're doing what you're doing in order to endure the pain and struggle. 

This gorgeous girl is my reason for waking up at 4am and grinding all day!



Friday, September 21, 2012

You Can't Be Stopped



To separate from the pack, you must be willing to do what they won't. To separate from your old self, you must be willing to sacrifice what you wouldn't in the past.

Barriers are only tests of your drive and passion. 

Decide nothing will keep you from reaching your goals ... do whatever it takes!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Embrace The Pain


Go harder than you think is possible. 1% Success is only attained by working yourself past exhaustion. This is why I've labeled it 1% - the majority can't fathom, or won't imagine making this type of sacrifice.

If you want to achieve things you've never had, you must do things you've never done!

Your body can go beyond self-limiting beliefs ... it's the mind that tries to convince you to stop when it becomes "too painful." Risk the struggle, embrace the pain.

What are you waiting for? Make impossible possible. Break records. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Let's Be Honest

I wanted to share an email I was recently sent - read it carefully. Grab it's true meaning ...

Last night I was taking a break from my late night blogging and trying to rest my mind by indulging in some television time with my husband. We were watching a show called “The Voice (the blind auditions)” which I found surprisingly engaging with many gifted contestants and amusing banter amongst the judges. The premise of the show is that the contestants sing and the judges can’t see what they look like. They must judge them only on what they hear and turn their chairs around if they want them for their team. If multiple judges turn around the contestant must choose which judges team they wish to join.  There was a moment in the show when three of the four judges turned around, although one had waited until the very last moment—only seconds before the performance ended.  When the contestant questioned each judge as to why they wanted him on their team, each provided standard complimentary responses. Finally when the judge who waited was asked what his hesitation was, he gave critical and honest feedback about the performance, making the point that there was room for improvement.  The contestant picked the honest judge saying later that he appreciated his constructive criticism. 

I have been thinking about this moment and the choices we make in life to open ourselves up to the opinions and guidance of others. We always have the choice to ask for feedback, but so often we shut our eyes and ears with the belief that we know better, instead of opening our minds and hearts to the possibilities.  Instead we want to be invisible rather than allow others to help us nurture the growth that is inevitable, that is destined. 

Someone said to me the other day that “you can either embrace your inner priestess or she will become your inner bag lady”.  At the time I thought I understood what he was trying to tell me but, upon further reflection I think that I have just begun to reveal the true meaning. Perhaps my "priestess self" isn’t exactly how I would like the outside world to see me. I might not be ready to reveal her honestly and this person was boldly calling me out for having some work to do to accept and reveal my true self.  At the time I wasn't ready to hear it, as I open myself up to accepting his true message to me, I can suddenly see myself more clearly and hopefully move forward to a better place. If I continued to deny my inner priestess her due care and attention, she just might turn on me and start sifting through my inner trash.  When we choose to move forward and embrace change (i.e. our inner priestess) we are propelled forward, but when we turn our back on the truth and deny change and growth,  we become stagnant in a landfill of our own making.

When we boldly seek honesty, crave it, accept it, we are rewarded by transformation. I think that as I have found in myself and as I observe in others around me, the unconscious path is more often chosen--that of kind words, and lovely reflections--it lures us down an endless, vapid path with no reward. When we consciously invite true reflections and kind but honest guidance it leads us to amazing places that we never could have dreamed of. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

There's Tough ... Then There's The Seals

The Navy Seals are the most mentally tough humans on the planet. To reach that next level, you must be willing to become comfortable with the most uncomfortable. Your mind dictates all action.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Raise The Bar

The 99% settle for less. The 1% risk and expand. The woman in this audio is why I'm so passionate about what I do ...

Friday, September 14, 2012

Live Your Dream

Photo: Thumbs up to my cousin Zack...Keep reaching for the skies and living your dreams. Cant wait to see you play in the NBA a few years from now!!!!

Zack, the 1% Success Story I chose for my "Why You" challenge is making news! The NBA is taking notice - his dream of playing in the league is getting closer to becoming realized. With continuous hard work and dedication to his craft, you'll soon see Okong'o on the back of an NBA jersey. I feel blessed to be working with him. Great job, Zack!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Never Stop


There's a common denominator between all highly successful people - quitting is never an option, period!

Incredible things will happen in your life if you make a commitment to never EVER give up on your passions, no matter how long it takes or how much struggle is involved! I'm living proof that it can be done if you're willing to endure massive amounts of pain. I quit a lucrative career in order to pursue my passion. I went broke financially, emotionally, and as a husband ... but I knew "quit" couldn't be a part of my vocabulary and "stop" couldn't be a part of my vision. 

It took time, but it all turned around. The minute I hit bottom, my passion was tested and motivation created. I made a conscious decision that my family was more important than the temporary pain I was feeling - I couldn't quit. I wouldn't quit. 

When it's all said and done, you're being defined by your reaction to the difficulties in life, not by the success you attain. Create a 1% Mindset that refuses to stop, ignores failure, and is fueled by struggle. When you do this, you become unstoppable! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

You're My Biggest Weapon


You used to scare me. Now you motivate me.
99% of people warned me about you, but they all lied.
You're not evil. You're the reason I've achieved so much after thinking I was done.
I used to think you took away, but now I know you give.
You give greatness. You give the 1% Mindset. 
You ARE the 1% Mindset.
You've shaped me, molded me, helped me become a better teacher and motivator.
You're not scary. You're powerful beyond words. 
Because of you, I wake up before the sun.
Because of you, I've committed my very being to teaching my daughter fearlessness.
I thank you.

Until we meet again ... and we WILL meet again, pain.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why You?



Here’s the future 1% Success Story of Zack Okong’o. We’ll be working together soon, helping him turn this dream into a reality.

I'm 18 years old, and a basketball player from Kenya. I'm still in high school entering my last year this September, and want to get to college in the US. I did trial SATs and did very well. I have universities interested, which has helped muster some confidence that next year I might get into a program.

I do have some problems, though - I'm filled with profound self-doubt as a person and in my skills. Despite all the hard work I relentlessly put in, I'm constantly frustrated. The lack of belief in myself has resulted in the premeditation of failure. I don't always quite put all the effort I can when playing major games because I'm afraid of failing. Everyday, however, I dream of playing pro ball. I just wanna play this game at a high level ... no joke ... I'm willing to die for it!

I'm constantly searching for motivation everywhere I can lay my hands on - from pple like you, Eric Thomas, Giavanni Ruffin, and others. I'm constantly reading books to keep me going, and I'm on YouTube looking at drills I can use to get better. I'm also studying the greats who have made it in the NBA. I WANT THIS SO BAD, COACH! Why cant I be the among the greats? I just need help learning to believe in myself, and all the hard work I've put in. It's what has gotten me to where I am now.

This year, I made the National team and will be going down to South Africa for an NBA camp. I got selected after being so disappointed last year when I wasn't even among the last of the players to be considered. I dreamed about it and prayed over it after last year's disappointment ... and got in. God is Great!!

I need some mental training, learning to trust myself, and my skills. I know I have what it takes - I just need some help getting there. I'm on my way out of this self-doubt jail and to free myself of it. I know I will!

Thanks coach ... very much.

Monday, September 10, 2012

You Can't Be Stopped

I feel your frustration ... but right on the other side of quit is your 1% Success Story!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Greatness Is Upon You

Eric's most powerful message, yet! Look in his eyes while he's speaking. THIS is what it means to have your motivation locked-in.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Choose Wisely ...


You only have two choices: Victim or the victor! How you perceive each situation in your life will determine your next move, ultimately creating your future.

"This is too tough - I can't do it."

OR

"I will make it, no matter what it takes ... period!"

The beauty of life is our ability to choose which mindset we wake up with each morning. It's this mindset that will create the path we walk and journey we live. Will you complain about the circumstances you're faced with or decide to change them? Will you be a model of defeat or strength for your children?

Victim or victor? Your choice!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Failure Equals Success

 If you're willing to fail many times before you achieve your goals, those goals will be yours!

Monday, September 3, 2012

No Days Off


Most look at today as a holiday - a time for rest. I, however, view this Labor Day as a time to separate from who I used to be. 

I used to be lazy.
I used to sleep in.
I used to take days off for no reason.
I used to work for money, alone.
I used to think of me before I thought of you.

I must work today. I need to be a model for my daughter during these times where most are complaining about lack, about what our country has lost, and what we used to have. She will NOT have a victim's mentality! She will grow up, instinctively knowing that her future is what she makes, not what the circumstances or others say she'll make.

So, yes ... today I will work, not because I'm obsessed with "work," but rather to show Logan that while others whine about what they don't have, our family creates what we will have! 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Declare Your Success Before It Happens


Muhammad Ali was one of the all-time best because he knew it was going to happen before evidence appeared. This may be the most important qualities all champions share - they have an ability to believe so deeply in themselves, that all current circumstances become irrelevant. 

For you to take your "game" to the next level, you're going to have to lay it on the line, and declare your 1% Success Story before it manifests. If you wait for it to happen before believing ... it won't happen.

Every morning when you wake up, repeat to yourself: "What's my driving force? Attack fearlessly today - all day. I believe!" 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Take Control Of Your Destiny

Dr. Ben Carson grew up in poverty, was called "dummy," and had a bad temper ... yet, somehow still became the world's leading neurosurgeon. He took control of his situation and expected nothing less than greatness from himself.

His mother repeatedly told him, "The world is inside of you. You just gotta see beyond what you can see!"

Friday, August 24, 2012

What's Driving You?

Your motivation is the only thing that can pull you through the toughest times. You better know why you do what you do ...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Desire Starts The Momentum



How bad do you want it? 
What will you do to achieve it? 
When the majority say you can't, will you believe them? 
How much frustration are you willing to endure along the way? 
What's your driving force?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Motivation Is The Key


Every day, people ask me why I wake up at 4:00 am, why I'm so serious about my career, and why I sacrifice so much of my "fun time." The answer is simple: Family! Not only do I want to provide for my daughter's future, but I am obsessed with being the perfect role model. She's only 3, but hears, sees, and especially FEELS everything. 

I want to be that model that shows what grind, sweat, and sacrifice means, and why it's so important. By the time she's making her own life altering decisions, I want it to be instinctive that pain and struggle equal achievement, not failure. As she witnesses all the heartache that real life hands, I want her to know that quitting is never an option, and attainment of any dream is probable. She will grow up knowing that fearlessness is her biggest weapon, and risking to achieve is mandatory.

I wake up early, tired or not ... 3 hours of sleep or 6 ... because I want my wife to be able to quit the 9-5 job and pursue her passions and dreams she talks about daily. I want her to jump out of bed every morning, excited about the potential of the new day, rather than being stressed about getting to work on time - I don't want there to be "work on time" thought in her mind. She's grinded so hard to allow me to attack my passions ... it's my time to give her the freedom she deserves! 

My dad taught me the truth isn't what they say ... it's what I believe! My mom taught me that I'm not responsible for anyone else's happiness, but I can offer knowledge and wisdom to aid in their journey. My stepmom modeled pure selflessness and doing for others before focusing on self. My stepdad taught me that a solid business requires passion for details, an unrivaled discipline, and a love of learning.

Family is why I am who I am, and why I will continue to wake up before the sun does.