March 20, 2017
When you wake up in the morning, does your mind get excited about what you can do with the next 24 hours? Or, do you head down the road of dread and think about all the potential issues that might pop up during the day?
This is big to realize: the more excited you are when you wake up about the day then the more likely you are going to get moving faster and accomplish some tasks that need to get done. The Alliance calls it “doing the do.” I call it “move.” I call it let’s do it “now” or right now.”
I know that other people are smarter and more disciplined than me, but the thing that makes me successful is that I don’t sit around and think. I get up and moves. Every single day, I am focused on getting things accomplished. When you keep working and moving, then you will get more done.
If you can find one thing to knock out immediately when you wake up, you are going to have a better day and you are going to get more done. Studies have shown this to be the case time and time again. Start your day giving it 100 percent and it will carry over to the rest of your day.
Maybe you need to work out when you first get up in the morning. Hit that workout like it just stole your wallet! Maybe reading is the way you get rolling. Have the book by your bed so you can grab as you stand up so you don’t have to find the book after you get up. Finding simple, little things to help move you from task to task will make a huge impact in your productivity.
Give it 100 percent. You can convince other people that you are giving 100 percent effort, but you can’t trick your own mind. You know whether or not you are committing 100 percent of your effort into whatever the situation. Don’t fake it. As Shakespeare said, “To thine own self, be true.” Don’t cheat yourself when you know you are capable of giving a better effort.
Think about this: how can you ask others to give more, do more, etc. if they see that you aren’t really investing your full energy and effort into what you are doing on a daily basis? You can’t! You have to be the person you want to be before you can expect others to produce at that high of a level.
When Larry Brown was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, he often butted heads with NBA all-start point guard Allen Iverson. In a famous press conference, Iverson told the media that he wasn’t going to waste his effort on a practice. This was four days after ending the 76ers disappointing season, and Iverson was mad at Brown, who had told his star player he was not going to trade him.
“We sitting in here — I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice,” Iverson said. “I mean, listen: We talking about practice. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We talking about practice. Not a game. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game. We talking about practice, man.”
During the interview, Iverson said the world “practice” a total of 22 times.
Maybe if Iverson gave 100 percent even to “practice” he might have won more games, been a better player and teammate or even won an NBA title. You owe it to your team and colleagues to seek excellence and give 100 percent effort in all that you do. People will notice and your results will increase if you consistently give 100 percent effort.