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Justin Su'a  Mindset | Culture | Leadership Tampa Rays Cleveland Browns Increase Your Impact Podcast

Losers focus on winners. Winners focus on winning.

Not all failures are created equal.
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PREVENTABLE FAILURES: By product of a lack of effort. Not adequately preparing. Mental mistakes. Not adhering to the established process or plan. Mistakes that stem from lack of caring.
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UNCONTROLLABLE FAILURES: Failing because of unforeseen or unpredictable factors that you couldn’t prepare for — injury, poor officiating, coaches/boss’s decisions, equipment malfunction, etc.
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EFFECTIVE FAILURES: Giving your absolute best and still coming up short. Failing while performing at the outer edges of your ability. Unsuccessfully accomplishing something outside of your comfort zone. Experimenting. Taking calculated risks. Taking a shot at going after your dreams, even though the odds are against you. Putting yourself out there for that job, team, school, position, etc. and getting declined.
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They are all painful and we can learn lessons from each one, but it’s the failures we experience when we are pushing the limits that help us maximize our potential.

When you decide to go after what you really want, you also sign up for the difficult path that leads to it.

Small things lead to big things.

Are you interested in achieving your goals, or are you committed to achieving them?

2.2 seconds.
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That’s how long it took this pit crew to change four tires.
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Alignment breeds efficiency and efficiency breeds speed.
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For a racecar, one of the key components to optimal performance is alignment, which is fundamental to preserving the car’s handling, efficiency and speed.
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It doesn’t matter how powerful the engine is or how good the driver is; if the car’s alignment is off, performance will suffer.
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For years, pit crews have been mastering the art and science of identifying the first signs of poor alignment and utilizing the best instruments to reset the tires quickly and efficiently.
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The principle of alignment also holds true for elite performance on an individual and team level. Effective leadership requires identifying the components to proper alignment, knowing what it looks like when things are off and how to recalibrate to ensure optimal functioning.
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Amazing things happen everyone on a team knows their job and then executes at the highest level.
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As Brian Tracy said, “Just as a car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, we perform better when our thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, actions and values are in balance.”

It’s all part of the process.

In the heat of competition, you’re not judged by how you feel, you’re judged by what you do. 😂

I love this depiction (via @james_clear) of what it looks like to get 1% better every day.
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Here’s what the 1%-percent-better-process looks like.
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CREATE THE PROCESS: What is your ultimate goal? Now, what are the steps you need to take every single day to achieve it? That’s the process. Excellence is a matter of steps. Excelling at the first thing, then the second, and then the next. The process is about staying in the present and laying siege to the obstacle in front of you. It’s about not getting distracted by anything else that comes your way.
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TRUST THE PROCESS: After you’ve created your process, you have to believe it will work. You have to trust that as you focus on the process the results will take care of themselves. Part of trusting the process is knowing that success is built in a slow-cooker, not a microwave.
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WORK THE PROCESS: Working the process will require showing up when you don’t feel like it, sticking with it when you aren’t seeing the results immediately, and embracing the boredom of consistency. It also requires making adjustments to your process as things change.
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COMMIT TO THE PROCESS: The process ensures that you always have something to do. If you make a mistake, you simply aim to hit the next one. The process gears you towards long-term thinking. It’s about committing and adhering to a plan over time – even after success. Success can lull you into thinking that you no longer have to use the process, that success will just happen if you show up. This is a lie. Committing to the process means you stick with it through the ups and downs.

A simple reminder.

Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Fail.
Succeed.

You can’t change what you’re not aware of. Watch out for these thinking traps (cognitive distortions) so you can make an adjustment when necessary.
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FILTERING: When a person takes the negative details of a situation and magnifies them while filtering out all positive aspects of that same situation.
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BLACK AND WHITE THINKING: When a person thinks things are either “black-or-white” — all or nothing. They believe they have to be perfect or they’re a complete failure — there is no middle ground. They only see things in extremes.
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OVERGENERALIZATION: When a person comes to a general conclusion based on a single incident or a single piece of evidence.
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JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS: When a person thinks they know exactly what another person is thinking and why they act the way they do. This person believes they are able to determine with precision how others are feeling or what their intentions are, as though they can read minds.
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CATASTROPHIZING: This is when a person expects disaster to strike, no matter what. In this distortion, a person hears about a problem and uses what if questions (e.g., “What if tragedy strikes?” “What if it happens to me?”) to imagine the absolute worst case scenario.
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PERSONALIZATION: When a person believes that everything others do or say is some kind of direct, personal attack on them. They take virtually everything personally, even when something is not meant in that way.
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FALLACY OF FAIRNESS: When a person feels resentful because they think that they know what is fair. They go through life applying a measuring ruler against every situation judging its “fairness” and often feel resentful, angry, and even hopelessness because of it.
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EMOTIONAL REASONING: It can be summed up by the statement, “If I feel that way, it must be true.” Whatever a person is feeling is believed to be true automatically and unconditionally.
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Adapted from John M. Grohol, Psy. D.

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