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World Series Game 4 Learnings

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Do you remember my Inspiring Thought from yesterday? It was a football related quote from Vince Lombardi – “The man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”
If you watched the Giants-Royals World Series game last night, you too saw the play of the San Francisco Giants epitomized this quote, and my thoughts that went with the quote. Before going on, I should admit that I am a SF Giants fan all the way, so my apologies to any KC Royals fans.

These are the 6 traits that I noticed in the S.F. Giants players during last night’s game:

  • DESIRE & CONFIDENCE – or better known as the “willing and able” combination that is foundational to success.
  • FAITH – each player looked like they believed in themselves, and believed in their teammates (we all have teammates – fellow employees, management, customers, suppliers, family, friends).
  • INTENSE FOCUS – laser like concentration on everything within your control…their mindset and their actions.
  • PATIENCE & PERSISTENCE – the players never looked panicked as they fell behind 4-1 and knowing that they had not yet been successful in the later innings against the Royals “Big 3” bull-pen pitchers.
  • MOMENTUM – this word is often referred to in sports.  After the Giants got their 2nd run, it quickly led to their 3rd, 4th, 5th…and on to their 11th.  Their performance kept improving to the point that they built in insurmountable lead and broke the Royals confidence.
  • ATTITUDE – winning breeds winning because an attitude is created that is based on real experiences of success. This one word sums up all of the others before it.

I have to confess that I was starting to panic for the Giants until my cousin Jack (a huge Giants fan) calmed me by saying “Hey, it’s only the 3rd inning, there’s a lot of time left. The Giants just have to stay in the game by chipping away at the lead, no problem.” The SF Giants have a well-deserved reputation for coming from behind and winning, and they did just that and WON (by a lot).

I love sports and it’s fun to see a team showcase the traits of success and win. There are big lessons to learn from the world of sports, like the ones that I outlined above, and those lessons are easily applied to success in all other endeavors – work, relationships, health, community, and spirituality.

I’m getting ready for Game 5 of the World Series with one thought…GO GIANTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom Pearson – Tom@OwnMyGreatness.com

Life’s Big Questions

A few of the most important and challenging questions we could ask ourselves are: What is my purpose? What do I truly like and want to do with my life? What is my vision? What value do I want to add to others?
It’s a small percentage of people that actually contemplate these kinds of questions, and most people who do are usually moved to do so because they are not feeling very fulfilled by (a) what they are currently doing, or (b) the way in which they are doing it. Their intuition is telling them that there should be more to life, more purpose to what they are doing with their life…and they understand that living with greater purpose and vision is the key to fulfillment. Your greater purpose/vision is not to be given to you by anyone. Because it’s so personal, 100% about you, the answer lies inside of you to discover. And when you do, your decisions and actions that align with your purpose/vision will make perfect sense.

The quotes below will get you “thinking” more deeply about what you have to offer and what will make you happy.

What’s worth doing even if you fail?
~ Brené Brown ~

True masters are those who have chosen to make a life, rather than a living.
~ Neal Donald Walsch ~

What difference does it make, after all, what your position in life is if you dislike it yourself?
~ Seneca ~

The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society.”
~ Aristotle ~