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Skill #2: Unleash the Potential of Focused Thinking
- “He did each thing as if he did nothing else.” – Spoken of Novelist Charles Dickens (77)
- Focused thinking can do several things for you: (1) Harness energy toward a desired goal, (2) give ideas time to develop, (3) brings clarity to the target, and (4) take you to the next level. (80-82)
- Focus can bring energy and power to almost anything, whether physical or mental. (80)
- “To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.” – Bertrand Russell (80-81)
- A good idea can become a great idea when it is given focus time. (81)
- “knowledge is power only if a man knows what facts are not to bother about.” – Robert Lynd (81)
- One of the most important things about golf is the presence of clear goals. (82)
- “The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.” – Harry A. Overstreet (82)
- Be selective, not exhaustive, in your focused thinking. For me, that means dedicating in-depth thinking time for four areas: leadership, creativity, communication and intentional networking. (83)
- Identify Your Priorities (84)
- “a conclusion is a place where you get tired of thinking.” – Edward DeBono (84)
- Discover Your Gifts (84)
- if you’re going to focus your thinking in your areas of strength, you need to know what they are.” (85)
- Develop Your Dream ((85)
- “You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen (85)
- “The real path to greatness, it turns out, requires simplicity and diligence. It requires clarity, not instant illumination. It demands each of us focus on what is vital — and to eliminate all of the extraneous distractions.” – Jim Collins (86)
- Wherever you are… be there! (87)
- The mind will not focus until it has clear objectives. But the purpose of goals is to focus your attention and give you direction, not to identify a final destination. (89)
- “If you can’t write your idea on the back of my business card, you don’t have a clear idea.” – David Belasco (89)
Part I of this book had some really good shtuff in it, but I wasn’t able to make time to write about the key points that stood out to me. I will do a better job for Part II: Eleven Thinking Skills Every Successful Person Needs. I will actually use these types of posts as my “notepad” when I complete the assigned readings for my Leadership & Critical Thinking course. As most of my posts about the books in my “Bookshelf,” I will just report (in bullet form) the more interesting points that I found in each chapter. Hopefully these bullet points serve a purpose for you; whether they be good conversation starters or even serve as “thought provokers.” Definitely, comment on any of these posts with your thoughts and we can have a discussion 🙂 Enjoy!
- “Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking.” – David Schwartz (59)
- “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” – Konrad Adenauer (61)
- How many thousands of people had seen what Eratosthenes saw and never made the same connection? (61)
- When somebody like Jack Welch tells a GE employee that the ongoing relationship with the customer is more important than the sale of an individual product, he’s reminding them of the big picture. (62)
- Spend time with big-picture thinkers and you’ll find that they: (1) Learn continually, (2) Listen intentionally, (3) Look expansively and (4) Live completely. (63-65)
- Big-picture thinkers are never satisfied with what they already know…. they often are able to connect the unconnected. They are life-long learners. (63)
- If I’m going to learn and grow, I must know what questions to ask and know how to apply the answers to my life. (63)
- Big-picture thinkers recognize that they don’t know lots of things. (64)
- Big-picture thinkers realize there is a world out there besides their own, and they make an effort to get outside of themselves and see other people’s worlds through their eyes. (64)
- You can spend your life any way you want, but you can spend it only once. (65)
- [Big-picture thinkers] experience fewer unwanted surprises, too, because they are more likely to see the many components involved in any given situation: issues, people, relationships, timing and values. They are also, therefore, usually more tolerant of other people and their thinking. (65)
- Leaders must: (1) See the vision before their people do, (2) Size up situations, taking into account many variables, (3) Sketch a picture of where the team is going, (4) Show how the future connects with the past to make the journey more meaningful, and (5) Seize the moment when the timing is right. (66-67)
- “He that is everywhere is nowhere.” – Thomas Fuller (67)
- “You’ve got to think about the ‘big things’ while you’re doing the small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler (67)
- One of the most important skills you can develop in human relations is the ability to see things from the other person’s point of view. (68)
- see what other see… that is a powerful thing. (68)
- The better the grasp team members have of the big picture, the greater their potential to work together as a team. (68)
- The person who forgets the ultimate is a slave to the immediate. (69)
- With preparation, the most important things will be done well. (69)
- If you want to cultivate the ability to think big picture, then you must get used to embracing and dealing with complex and diverse ideas. (71)
- Learn from Every Experience: Failing Forward (71)
- Teachability is an attitude, a mind-set that says, “No matter how much I know (or think I know), I can learn from this situation.” That kind of thinking can help you turn adversity into advantage. It can make you a winner even during the most difficult circumstances.” (71)
- If you want to be a big-picture thinker, you will have to go against the flow of the world. (73)
You know the routine: after a race, I eat food and drink water and post a picture with a long caption on my IG account. So here’s what I posted on my IG after my 10K today:
“4th 10K in the books. This was a very familiar run because I’ve run Lake Merced plenty of times before. The only difference was the direction we ran for this 10K; I usually run counterclockwise, but this race was run clockwise. I placed 1st in my age group and 1st overall in the 10K field!!! Woooo!!! In yo face Usain Bolt!!! Yea, the field was 4 deep and I was the only male and the youngest female of the group was 46, but hey, shut your mouth :). Now it’s time for a fresh cut before I see the gang. Happy Sunday everyone!“
I was really happy with my overall time. Ever since I got this Garmin, I’ve been pushing myself a little harder. This was a faster pace than my 8-miler last week on the same course. I have a crazy week ahead of me, so I hope I can make time to do my runs and get some good rest; we’ll see how that goes. I hope you’re all doing well! Go 9ers!!! Cheers!!
This was by far the best Lake Merced Run that I’ve ever had. I’ve run 10 miles around Lake Merced before, but this 8-mile run was fast (to my standards) and I felt so damn good after; I wasn’t too tired, I wasn’t breathing hard, nothing was aching, and I just felt gooooood.
And this is the first time that I used the my Garmin to challenge myself. And what I mean by that is, I set my Garmin to a 8:00 minute pace, whereas in the past I wouldn’t set a desired pace and just used the watch to track my current pace, overall distance and overall time. And to be honest, at the start of my run, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to keep up with that pace, but as I mile 2 came along I was feeling good. And after mile 3, I felt the same. By mile 4 I was in the zone! My strides felt good, my breathing felt good and I just felt goooooood. I’m glad that I used that desired pace function because I think it pushed me and challenged me and it showed me that I can absolutely run an 8:00 minute mile (over 8 miles at least). And to be honest, I think I could have gone another mile or 2 at that 8:00-minute (or faster) pace.
This watch is definitely one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received and I’ve thanked my girlfriend every day since I received it.
Well, that was my “Long Run” Sunday. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t think I’ll post my whole week recap anymore. I’ll keep my running updates short and simple like this post. I hope you all have a great week! Cheers!
Ok, I know I said I would post something every day this year, but this whole Grad School thing is getting in the way, lol.
I’m just kidding, I’m loving this first week of Graduate School! It’s just a whole lot of work. Between working full time at the Y, keeping up with my running schedule (I ran 8 miles today btw), and completing all the reading and writing assignments for my Sport Management Program, I have not MADE time to post something every day. I say MADE time because I know I have time to write a little something every day, I just haven’t gotten used to this new schedule. Once I get a hold of my schedule, I intend to get back to posting something every day. I hope all of you are running and staying healthy! Know that I am doing the same, even though my work and school schedule is chaotic right now. Take care! Cheers!
So today was Orientation for my Sports Management Program at USF! I’m super excited to start this new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to see where this takes me.
The Orientation went well and I was able to meet a lot of my Cohort. My Cohort (Cohort 38! Woot Woot!) seemed like a really cool bunch and I really think we’re all going to get along and have lots of fun. We all have different backgrounds and experiences that I know will make us a strong and well-rounded Cohort.
There were a few Alumni (and current students) of the program that came to speak and they give us a little insight on what the program did (or is doing) for them and their careers in the Sports Industry. The Alumni were great representatives of the program and they got me even more excited about all the opportunities that will be presented to me, and my Cohort, in the coming months.
Our first class starts tomorrow night and I’m super excited to get started! Grad School, lehhhh goooo!!! Cheers!!!
New Year’s Eve!! I spent New Year’s Eve at my Sister’s place and kept it pretty low key because I had a New Year’s Day 10K the following morning. I did take 3 shots of Henny, but my brother-in-law was kind enough to make them half shots because he knew what I had planned that next morning. I didn’t strengthen this day because I wanted to rest my body for the 10K, BUT I did stretch (somewhat). On my way to my sister’s place, I stopped by a running store and bought this bad boy:
So I was rolling out my quads, calves and IT Band the whole day. After eating and playing with my nieces, I went to sleep around 9pm and asked my sister to wake me up for the countdown…. she forgot! But she did wake me up right after the countdown and I was able to wish all my family Happy New Year.
Check out my New Year’s Day 10K! post.
I was supposed to run, BUT I was still recovering from my 10K, so I just relaxed this day.
I did strengthen my back, shoulder and triceps this day. After resistance training, I hopped on the treadmill for my 4.5-mile run and ended up only running half a mile; my legs still weren’t ready after that 10K (that hill was nuts, for me anyways).
Rest Day!!!! Yes please!!!!
My lady and I started off this Saturday by volunteering a food bank with a few of my staff from the Y. It was a great experience and we had a lot of fun doing what we were doing. After the food bank we had lunch and after lunch I KTFO!! My body, my legs still needed some good rest.
Today was my 7-miler. I wasn’t too sure how this run would go because I haven’t really ran since my 10K and my legs still felt a little tired. Here’s my run:
My legs felt really heavy today and I think its because I have been eating way too much Quinoa! I just started eating that shtuff and I have fallen in love with it. I spoke to my buddy about my run today and he told me that Quinoa definitely makes you feel a little heavier. So after I spoke with him, I went to Chipotle and got me a Chicken Fajita Bowl with EXTRA RICE! I think I haven’t been consuming too much carbs this past week (because of Quinoa) and that’s why this 7-miler was a little tougher than usual.
I you haven’t noticed yet, I have posted something every day this year! This is one of my goals for 2013: to post something on my blog everyday! I hope all of your running is going well! Cheers to 2013!!
This is one of the books that I will be reading once I start my Sports Management Program at USF on January 8th. I love reading these types of books so I thought I’d get a headstart. I’m super excited to get started in this program; 2013 is going to be a great year!
Just like my post, “Start With Why — Chapter 1: Assume You Know,” I will bullet point all the parts of each chapter of Wooden on Leadership that I find interesting.
- Balance is crucial in everything we do. Along with love it’s among the most important things in life.
- Leadership is all about helping others achieve their own greatness by helping the organization to succeed.
- How you run the race — your planning, preparation, practice and performance — counts for everything. Winning or losing is a by-product, an aftereffect, of that effort.
- Effort is the ultimate measure of your success.
- COMPETE ONLY AGAINST YOURSELF — Set your standards high; namely, do the absolute best of which you are capable. Focus on running the race rather than winning it. Do those things necessary to bring forth your personal best and don’t lose sleep worrying about the competition. Let the competition lose sleep worrying about you.
- You must define success as making the complete effort to maximize your ability, skills, and potential in whatever circumstances — good or bad — may exist.
- My standard of success counted most to me.
- Before you can lead others, you must be able to lead yourself.
- Learn to master the 4 P’s: Planning, Preparation, Practice and Performance. These are key to successful execution.
- Write down the tasks, initiatives, and actions that each member of your team needs to do to perform at his or her peak level.
Brazen New Year’s Day 10K. @chabeez finished 3rd in our age group with a time of 47:01. I finished 5th in our age group with a time of 55:46. I don’t know what it is, but both races I’ve run with Charlie have had some crazy hills! The first 1.5 miles was the same as my 5K on Saturday; it was smooth and easy with a few small hills, but once you get passed that 1.5 mile marker, the course becomes ALL trail. And from mile 2 to mile 3.2 it was all uphill! I tried my hardest to not walk up the hill but half way up I had to. Once you reach the top (the turnaround point) it was all down hill. My big take away from this race: schedule some hill runs into my workout from now on. This race was important to me for a few reasons. The main reason was my momma @ruelyn. She’s been so strong since her diagnosis and she has motivated me to be stronger, better, healthier, and more faithful. No more excuses in 2013. If my momma could fight and stay strong through all this, I should not have any excuses whatsoever. Keep fighting, stay hydrated and remember to take your meds mah! I love you! I also wanted to start the New Year the way I want the whole year to go. I literally want to “RUN” 2013. I want running to be my main thing this year. Ever since my Lola passed, running has been my “escape” and my “therapy,” and I love that I’ve gotten to that point with running. I’m not running to win the race, I’m running just to run; I’m running because it feels so damn good. The medals and the health benefits are just by-products. I share with you my “WHYs” because those are the most important things in life; WHY do you do what you do? Remember your “WHYs” and all the “HOWs” will be easy. If your “WHYs” are powerful enough, you can and will achieve anything and everything. I wish you all a very happy and very blessed New Year! God Bless #ypowr #health #wellness #fitness #run #running #brazen #10K
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