As I work through the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge, designed by Top 30 Leadership Experts Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady and the rest of the LIFE Founders, I continue to be totally impressed with the quality of the information! I am also challenged to continually raise my game in all areas of my life. If you’re wondering if the Mental Fitness Challenge is right for you…take the FREE 7 day challenge and plug into a local Challenge group in your area!
Resolution #5: Game Plan and Do
This week, in Week #5 we are studying Game Plan and Do, the first half of the Deming cycle of continuous improvement (Kaizen). In the MFC video on this topic, Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady make reference to Lou Holtz, a legendary football coach with Notre Dame. Having heard many references to this highly regarded coach, I began to do some research into his life and accomplishments and found the inspiring video I have included at the bottom of this article. As you finish reading this, I invite you to watch the short video and leave a comment on how the leadership principles he talks about could be helpful in your own life.
Goals that are more about significance and legacy
At the beginning of every New Year, my wife and I take some time amid the bustle of the holidays and write down 100 individual goals we each want to accomplish in our lifetime. We got the idea for doing this from an amazing Canadian, and member of the TEAM Policy Council, Mr Claude Hamilton. Making this list allows us to identify what to focus our efforts on and map out a plan to reach these goals. If you don’t have a top 100 list of life goals, I encourage you to sit down and write them out today. If you’re like me, the first 20 are easy but purely materialistic, the next 30 take some thought, and the last 50 begin to describe goals that are more about significance and legacy.
As I read through Resolution #5 of the New York Times best selling book RESOLVED, I am reminded how few people create a game plan for their life. Most take advice from family or friends and make decisions without thinking through the long term effects of their choices. When obstacles hit or challenges arise (and they will), many simply react out of fear or misinformation like a ball in a pinball machine, rather than use the game plan to get back on track and continue toward the goal.
The Magic of Thinking Big
A major turning point in Lou Holtz’s life was when he was given a copy of David Schwartz’ highly acclaimed book, The Magic of Thinking Big. That book taught him to write out his goals, create a game plan, and do the work required to win. That was the start of his amazing journey to success. What’s YOUR game plan? Have you written out your goals on paper and shared them with your mentor? If you are looking to improve any area of your life, I recommend that you start the Mental Fitness Challenge and create your PERSONAL GAME PLAN FOR SUCCESS!
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