Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vision Isn't Seen, It's Felt

Vision is a decision, not something you're born with! Choose to see a picture, bigger and more important than yourself - one that has the potential to shape those around you. Ignite the fire from the inside-out, knowing you'll touch lives of people who's hand you may never shake.

Be fearless enough to see beyond the majority's view point, understanding the only way to separate from mediocrity is to do what mediocrity can't. Sacrifice what it won't. It's instinct to walk with the masses - it's comfortable, sheltered, safe. 

Create a vision beyond safety zones, where risk is normal, doubt doesn't exist, and the 1% Mindset thrives!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's A Lifestyle ...


Officially join the team! Represent a way of thinking that will completely change lives - it's a lifestyle that doesn't allow excuses to live a second of reality. 

The 1% Mindset - Driven By Impossible. We're striving to achieve what the majority believe can't be achieved ... what they think is "unrealistic." That word doesn't exist in our vocabulary. 

Wear this shirt proudly, knowing it's more than a cool design - it's a way of living.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Your Dedication Will Be Tested

Thank you to Max Gray (@alldaymaxgray on Twitter) for making me this picture. He made more, which I'll be sharing later.

Everyone's gone through tough times, where quitting seemed to be the only option! What I guarantee, going through the same thing - success is directly on the other side of quit. Every time I persevered just a few more steps, after wanting to throw in the towel, I was rewarded with the prize. 

I now know, without doubt, that my will to strive and commit will always be tested with the quitting option. It seems the more experienced I become, the longer the test lasts ... but I also know that it'll never break me. I've been put through the ringer enough to understand that it's all a test on my dedication to achieve the ridiculous levels of success I dream of. 

The minute you feel like you can't take another step ... take another step ... and another one, if needed. Ridiculousness is on the other side of quit!

Monday, February 25, 2013

One Day, One Step

You're not alone - everyone struggles! Knowing the majority are battling through SOMETHING can help you feel more connected, but still, you must make the decision to persevere.

You choose the path of fight or quit. You decide whether your driving force is stronger than your fear. You look at the clock and realize it doesn't go round-n-round, but rather straight down in millions grains of sand. Your opportunity will eventually run out - your future WILL hit you. What will it look like when it does?

Lose your excuses of the past, and make today your best day! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Days Off Don't Exist

The 1% understand what it means to grind nonstop - never quit, never lose focus, never say "die." To reach ridiculous levels, this mindset must become a lifestyle, not just something you talk about.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Critics Talk, We Walk

It's too easy for them to tell you why it can't happen ... totally different to get out there and DO it! Use the negativity in your life as Premium Unleaded in your gas tank!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I Don't Believe In Luck

Luck? Ohh ... you mean sacrifice, dedication, commitment, endurance, passion, and a willingness to keep fighting, no matter how long it takes? 

THAT'S what I call "luck."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Psychological Warfare

Mike won before a single punch was thrown. Your "battles" will be won long before they begin -  in practice and in your mind. Before one basket is made, pitch thrown, sprint finished, or hole played, you need to KNOW and make your opponents know ... you can't be beaten!

Monday, February 18, 2013

I Have A Plan - ATTACK!

The elite never wait for it to come to them - never hope or wish ... they attack, relentlessly. It'll never be easy, won't come in a hurry, but consistent, aggressive action will guarantee it's arrival!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Success Is Born When No One's Looking

It's easy to be motivated when coaches are pushing you or friends are watching - what you do by yourself is what ultimately dictates your success. THIS is the time where every 1% Success Story was born, no exception. 

Show up earlier, stay later, and do more behind closed doors!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"How" Is None Of Your Business

While the 99 play it safe and create realistic expectations ... the 1% raise the bar higher than most can fathom.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What Will It Take?

When will you make the choice? When will enough be enough? How much longer will you live the life of mediocrity? If you believe you're not living "less-than," when will you push even harder?


You only get this moment to make the necessary changes. Will you allow another day to go by without deciding? Will you put you put your head down on the pillow at night, feeling regret? What will it take? What's your driving force to change?

You have this day, this hour, this minute, this second ... take advantage!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Give Your Gift Away

I love this message so much because Eric talks about giving your gift away - legacy vs. currency!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Vision Is Different Than Sight

This comes from a 16 year old soon-to-be professional golfer. It's his detailed visual of a tournament he'll be playing in the near future. He's learned that in order for something to become real, physically, it must first become real, mentally.....

I’m in the third round of my winter training camp at Atalaya Golf club in Spain. My targets for the week have been to shoot 5 rounds of level par or better without a 3 putt. So far I am on track to meet these targets after a first round 71 (E) and a good second round 70 (-2).

The 16th hole is my chance to regain momentum from a round which has forced me to grind and I am actually very confident as my short game is hot so I feel if I hit the green I am making birdie. I have just been on the wrong side of luck which sees me standing at +2 with 3 to play. My swing feels very neutral and square which is perfect for the straightforward par 3 measuring at 162 yards. I choose to hit a soft 6 iron with a small fade into a pin tucked on the right which is guarded by a bunker. I start the ball about 12 feet left of the pin and the ball just creeps right on line and is right at it. The ball finishes 5 feet short and leaves me with a putt with about 6 inches of break. I am so confident with my putting I see the line straight away get over the ball and tell myself ‘perfect line, perfect pace’ I hit the putt with exactly these two things and it falls straight into the middle of the hole. I have got one back I need one more birdie and a par to maintain the path to meeting my target.  I feel completely in control and am trusting the birdie will come with patience.

 The next hole is a 475 yard par 4 that is steeply downhill and the ‘safe option’ is to take a 3 wood and hit a fade down the left leaving a 5 iron into the green. I am stood on the tee pumped! I hit a driver on a very aggressive line over the trees and out of bounds on the right with a 20 yard draw and I absolutely flush it and I have hit this ball with everything I have got to give. I can’t see from the tee where it has landed or how far I have left in but I know it’s perfect.  I find my ball in the centre of the fairway with about 140 left in. This is a perfect 9 iron down the hill for me and I know it I hit the ball with a soft fade into the centre of the green to 15 feet and have not hit a perfect shot at the flag but I am not complaining I have my chance to get back to even right there. I get down to the green to see the putt and it is a fairly flat putt with about an inch of break outside the right I decide to take my chances and hit it inside right and firm, this is not a time to leave a putt short. I get over the putt and the only thing I think is ‘firm, inside right’ I hit that exact putt and it holds its line perfectly and slams into the centre of the hole and I have my birdie.  Boom!

I am on 18 and I am calming myself down as I get so pumped from the two birdies, I remind myself there is a tee shot to hit and another par 5 to play. I tell myself ‘let’s just make an easy birdie, 4 perfect shots’. The tee shot is a ripped low fade my ‘go to’ shot and it lands perfectly in the centre of the fairway. I am playing it as a 3 shotter as I am taking the water short of the green out of play. I want 95 yards for my third for a perfect 56 degree wedge. I hit a good lay-up but leaving myself 92 yards to the flag. I get over my approach and I am completely immersed in the process of the shot. I can feel the dominance. I hit a perfect little cut into the flag and it lands 9 feet long of the hole leaving me a testing downhill putt for my birdie. I get to the putt and I don’t care about score I just want to hit a perfect putt, I see the line which is about 12 inches left of the cup I stand over the ball and say to myself ‘I only need one from here’ look at the blade of grass 12 inches outside the cup and hit the perfect putt into the centre of the hole.

I finish with 3 birdies and finish with a 70 (-1) I am happy with  the way I finished but  I feel like I need to go back to the range and work on a few things to make tomorrow even better!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Are You Tough Enough?

This is a video from the past, but represents the sacrifice needed to reach the top of the 1% Food Chain!  I don't care what month, year, or decade it is ... pain will always show it's face, and you'll always have to choose: Punch or run? Predator or prey?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

No Excuses, Whining, Or Complaining

This message is brutally honest - if you're easily offended, you may not want to listen ....

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Complain Game Doesn't Work ...

No more whining - stop making excuses and blaming others. There comes a time in your life where you must take ownership of your future. Waiting for the perfect time hasn't worked, and never will - it's never the perfect time. NOW is the only moment you have to make your mark, to break records, to create ridiculousness.

It's too easy to complain about the what-ifs! Decide this is your time, and nothing will stop you ... period!

The 1% Mindset - Driven By Impossible.

Monday, February 4, 2013

From Great To Ridiculous

Today's post is about Joe Flacco, not because he won the Super Bowl, but instead because he demonstrated a self belief unmatched. Last year, he turned down a "great" contract, believing he'd prove to his team's ownership he deserved a ridiculous one. He believed he was an NFL top 5 quarterback, and deserved that type of money. By rejecting the contract that was on the table, he was risking it all - a poor showing in 2012-2013, not only wouldn't he receive a top 5 cash, but he may be offered less than the original sum previously offered.

He didn't focus on "What if I fail!" His self belief ran so deep, there was no question he'd prove that he belonged in the same sentence as the elite quarterbacks of today. Some would say Flacco was gambling with his future, but undoubtedly, he'd say it was a sure thing!

This type of confidence can't be taught - examples can only be shown and explained how invaluable it is as you strive for 1% Success. Joe Flacco turned down great for ridiculous. This season's performance proved it wasn't a gamble!