If You Try

If You Try

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Sharp Skills Story (Episode 4: My Infatuation with Business and Entr...

What Champion Minded People Do That Average People Don't (The Michael Jordan Factor Read Time 0:41)

I read a phenomenal article the other day about Michael Jordan's training regiment when he played in the NBA. What set Michael Jordan apart from the other superstars of his day was the willingness to sacrifice personal time for training. He trained and prepared during the off season and trained before the team's regular practices. This sacrifice enabled him and his group to win 6 championships and for Michael Jordan to be branded as (arguably) the best sports figure of all time. You and I may not be athletes, but we can learn a lot from Jordan as we pursue our own niche of greatness. How are you training? What time is devoted to perfected your craft, gifts, and talents? Champion minded people are not satisfied with being average in anything they do, they want to be the best and are willing to pay the price to be so.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Sharp Skills Story (Episode 3: The Biggest Challenges I Have Faced)

Create Your Own Momentum (Read Time 0:41)

You're probably familiar with how frustrating it can be when you are waiting for others to catch your vision. In any worthwhile pursuit in life, you have to be willing to stand alone for a season to get the ball rolling. The older I get, the more I am growing out of an individualist mindset. It is not the best way to go about accomplishing things. But while you are waiting for people to get the memo, begin to do what you can as an individual to speed the process along. Talk about your vision often and speak of how others will play a pivotal role. Act as if you are already living in the realization of what you envision. People will pick up on your confident aura and ask what is different about you. Get everything in place that you can and execute whatever can be done by yourself. Work, tweak, and grind until others see what you see. Momentum never develops on its own and it is often the visionary that kicks it off.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Sharp Skills Story (Episode 2: Balancing Everything On My Plate)

The Unconquerable Power of A Healthy Family (Read Time 0:41)

There is a lot of talk and debate going on about the definition of marriage and the future of the family as many of us know it. I am often tempted to weigh in and give my opinion (especially toward those I disagree with), but I am finding the best defense against today's prevailing and inaccurate schools of thought is to simply demonstrate what a healthy home looks like. Debating, arguing, criticizing, and bible thumping will not work today. The only way to convince others of the truth is to demonstrate it in our own lives. Instead of trying to prove our differing points, opinions and theories, lets live out what we know is right and let that speak for us. You can't expect others (especially opponents) to follow your lead if what you are proposing as truth has not shown itself to be effective in your own family. So lets get busy making our homes healthy; emotionally, mentally, physically, and most importantly spiritually.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Sharp Skills Story (Episode 1: Where It All Started For Me)

Train Yourself To Be A Winner (The Olympian Factor II, Read Time 0:40)

Being a winner does not mean being someone who wins all of the time. It's much deeper than that. Being a winner is a state of mind that declares to the world I will not be defeated even if I should lose. I may suffer loss, setbacks, disappointments, but ultimately I will overcome and make it to my destination. I am convinced that one has to train harder for the game of life than they would an Olympic sport. To be a winner in life is no easy accomplishment, many prefer the wide road of defeat. Winners don't just let life happen to them, they are proactive in trying to create favorable outcomes in any situation they face. They spend time learning form past successes and mistakes. Also, they not only invest in the honing of their craft, but their own personal development as well.