When I started out in sports, it wasn’t easy and it was a challenge.  I was just a nobody, a no name and really didn’t care about being in the spotlight.  It wasn’t until one day when I went to our varsity football game and sat on the sidelines that it really sunk in…”This could be me…this WILL be me!”  Making it from junior varsity to varsity was a big milestone in my life as I felt like I was becoming somebody.

Being able to wear the varsity jacket was iconic.  Our varsity team was good, very good!  People respected us around the community and in school you could forget about it.  We had what seemed like, immunity!  Could do nothing wrong. Haha!

I enjoyed playing underneath the Friday night lights as an Eagle in our Maroon and Gold uniforms.  It wasn’t until I started getting noticed by well known colleges that I took a real interest in getting to the next level even more.  We are talking USC, Notre Dame, UNC, Virginia University, USC, Florida State, Georgia Tech to name a few.  Head rush! I knew if I overcame the challenge of getting to the next level that it would be the launching pad into something bigger than me.  Having to die to self is one of the hardest things to do when you become part of a team (family).  If you read my last post, you’ll understand why.

Long ago I learned that you need to do whatever it takes to get to the next level.  Sports will teach you alot and the experience that you learn while playing sports is a life long lesson in itself.  Self discipline, hard work, integrity, work ethics, patience, ceasing the moment, becoming a leader, accountability and I could go on.

Why I Was A Big Fan Of The Work Smarter and Not Harder Mindset

While in High School, preparing to enter the realms of college I felt like I was in great shape.  6’1″, 222lbs, squatting 415lbs, benching 410lbs and crazy athletic.  The program that our coaches put together was insane but challegned us all mentally and physically.  If you know anything about Italians you know what I mean.

They also taught us to your body follows your mind and your mind is the first thing to go.  Think about how many people just give up on life and have no ambition to do better or become something more than they currently are.  Complacent is the word!

You will work hard however there are times when you can choose to work smarter.  Automation is the key.  The hardest thing to do everyday for some people is to “think“.  It takes energy and focus to be able to think and most people choose to allow others to think for them.  Begin to learn how to take control of your own thoughts and your wants and desires and don’t let someone implant the things that they think are right for you.

Having systems in place to do the tedious work of task that are time consuming shave hours off your day.  There are automation tools and programs that are helping thousands of people multi-task and focus on other key areas of their life and business.  Find what works for you and do it.

Keep Your “WHY” In Mind

A lot of times we get bogged down with life’s events and may feel like throwing in the towel for that moment, which that moment can turn into days, weeks and years.  As long as you have a strong enough reason why you are doing what you are doing it will keep you driven to succeed. Your “WHY” is your most powerful resource to pull upon when you get fatigued and bogged down.

Whatever your reason is for starting your new venture, always keep that in mind.  We each have our reasons of why we want to succeed.  It could be a child, money, vacation, time off from work, wanting to quit your job to name a few.  Keep the fire and passion burning because there will be times where you will run into a couple of rough patches, however how you pull through them is what shapes you.

It’s that flame that ignites you! It’s the reason why you get up in the morning! It’s your motivation to do better and to want better!  Whatever that reason is…let it bring forth that passion, joy and prosperity that you know you want so bad and deserve in your life.  Your mind is a powerful tool as long as you use it as such.

I’ll leave you with this saying as you consider what you want and why you want to get to the next level. No matter how big or small or an achievement it may seem…”Get There!”

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
-Jim Rohn

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Gregory Baskin is founder of GregoryBaskin.com, a website created to help the frustrated entrepreneur with creating online businesses, utilizing social media and other avenues available to generate the results they want. Greg consults with many online business owners and marketers and students helping them get the results they need. Greg is a expert at using the power of the internet to coach and teach his expertise and skills to others.


  • Good post Greg. So true! People have lost the art of thinking that’s why T.V. Is so popular…the tube does all the thinking for you. Just imagine if everyone really used that mass of grey matter between their ears where this world would be today. Loved your closing quote from Jim Rohn.

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