It’s baseball playoff time and so I’m spending nearly every night watching at least a little baseball. I’ve been a baseball fan since I was probably old enough to pick up and hold a plastic ball. I played little league up until I was about 13 when I moved to tennis. I was simply better. Or at least, I wasn’t bad. I wasn’t good at baseball and it wasn’t fun anymore because of that.
Now with the playoffs here, I am able to learn about other teams I don’t usually follow. I learn about their players. I learn how the team was built, either through the draft or free agency.
So in the first round, the Minnesota Twins again faced off against the high-powered New York Yankees. I first must say that I am an avid Twins fan. I grew up watching them and have been to countless games, including postseason madness. But these two teams are very, very different.
First, the Yankees have a bigger budget – by far. It doesn’t even compare. The market itself is different. And how the franchises have gone about building their team is different too.
When you look at the Twins, the have been built predominately through the draft and their minor league system. In rare occasions they have gone out and landed free agents, but that is rare and usually only one a year.
The Yankees on the other hand build predominantly through free agency. CC Sabathia, Mark Teixiera are their two major recent free agent signings. It’s just what they do. The Twins have to do it one way and the Yankees can do it either way and they’ve chosen (and been quite successful I might add) to build championships through free agency.
My point is simple: figure out what you do best and commit to it. Own it. Live it. And be the best you can be with the plan and the resources you have.
(flickr photo via Parl)
On any given day, you are liable to talk positively or negatively about a company or an organization that you have interactions with. Businesses count on the positive interactions to increase what they call brand awareness. The same goes for your as a person.
When someone has an interaction with you, they will feel something. They will think something. And they will remember something. Believe it or not, what that is, is entirely up to you.
Think about your favorite companies and people. They all have something you remember without even thinking about it. I can tell you right now that I LUV Southwest Airlines because they are easy to work with, don’t gouge me and genuinely love what they do and who they serve. I can tell you right now that my experiences with many other airlines don’t give me that same feeling. Their “WOW” factor is a negative one.
The same thing goes with people. My friend Tylor who is a tennis pro has a “WOW” factor when it comes to his passion for his craft. He really is the most passionate person I know who works each and every day on the court. His clients feed off of his passion and his energy. I also know other people who drain your energy, your passion and your drive.
I bring all this up because of what Is aid at the beginning: What people feel about you, is in fact, entirely up to you!
What is your WOW factor?
(flickr photo via sanfranannie)
I don’t think we celebrate enough. We often wait to celebrate a promotion, or a birthday or a once-a-year day like Thanksgiving, when we should be celebrating something each and every day!
Celebrate life! Celebrate love! Celebrate a beautiful day or finishing a project or simply just having the courage to be who you are. Celebrate something today!
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Last Monday, I touched briefly on “life’s hunger” and what ingredients you were including in your life. I used this quote from Sydney Harris to ignite the conversation:
“Life is the art of mixing ingredients in tolerable proportions, so that all the varied needs of man are somehow satisfied, and no important hunger is neglected.”
I wanted you to start thinking about your life because today we are going to dive a bit deeper. In order to make the best life for yourself, we all have needs. I like to equate life to a recipe. To make the best burger requires certain ingredients. One person’s “best” burger isn’t anothers. That means that each and every one of us has certain specific needs for our ingredient list. I do however believe we each have the same or similar categories of needs. This week I want to take a look at “People”
So, now it’s time to think. I’ll lead the way.
Ingredient – People
There are many different kinds of people. Here are the types of people that help me thrive
Each quarter, I update the list of people in my life that make up My Team. Have you ever thought about it? In order to look at this ingredient, think about the follow questions.
- What type of people do you need in your life?
- what qualities do they have?
- Why do you need them?
Once you have those questions answered, you can make a list of your team – those people that make you thrive and reach for the stars.
(flickr photo via the icing on the cake)