Jim Johnson

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How are your New Year’s Resolutions Coming Along?

Are you still following your New Year’s resolutions?

For many of us, a New Year’s resolution lasts a couple weeks, maybe a couple months.  Why is this?  Why do we lose motivation?  Where does the lack of interest come from?  For those of you who are diligently following these routines and achieving your goals, bravo!  For the rest of you, here are some tips to get back on track with those pesky goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.  Enjoy.

  • Be clear. If you are setting a resolution or goal for yourself, make sure it’s very clear and specific.  Vagueness may be easy and attractive, but the more specific you are, the harder you will work.  Trust me.
  • Look in the mirror. Each day, wake up and look in the mirror.  I recommend reciting two simple phrases to start each day; “I am responsible” and “I like myself.”  Are you responsible for your actions?  Do you like yourself as a person?
  • Motivate yourself. Find ways to motivate yourself with music, rewards, checkpoints, or whatever you have to do to create self-motivation.
  • Practice the five second rule. Whenever you are faced with a quick daily decision (i.e. getting out of bed, what to wear, etc.) make it in five seconds or less.  This creates urgency in your routine and trains you to be decisive.
  • Set and keep appointments with yourself. Are you supposed to workout today?  Treat it like an appointment you would have at work.  It’s very important to not let yourself start to slide.  Are you keeping appointments with yourself?
  • Find an accountability partner. Or create your own mastermind group.  Including others in your goals can be very helpful.
  • Do it for someone else. If you struggle to be self-motivation, keep a picture of your kids on your desk or focus on someone else and do it for them.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson supports a local autism awareness group in Rochester, NY (AutismUp) and he will be speaking at their Lights Up Gala on Saturday, April 29th.  You can show your support and make a donation at autismup.org.

Life Tip #55:  Write your goals down on paper with positive affirmation

How Important is Customer Service?

How do you handle customers?

In any organization, customer service should be priority number one when striving for success.  Giving the customer a great experience can not only go a long way for your company brand, but also increase sales in the long run as well.  In light of the United Airlines incident (I had my own while traveling last week), I decided to make this weeks’ #CJJblog about customer service.  What are your best and worst experiences regarding customer service?  I bet you remember the poor experience more vividly.  Enjoy some tips on how to improve your customer service.

  • Knowing your “why”. Give your employees some clarity on what matters to the company.  Is it providing a positive work environment?  Is it focusing on the technological growth of your software?  Provide some clarity, so there is no confusion regarding your core values.
  • Be truthful. Even during tough times (and there will be tough times), you must always be truthful with customers and provide service to them that meets the expectations you set.  It’s always better to over-deliver instead of over-promise.
  • Be reliable. Do what you say for the customer and stand behind your words.  They mean something.  The customer must count on you to contribute to them having a great experience with your company.
  • Go the extra mile. Many employees provide the bare minimum effort with a negative attitude.  Find a way to motivate your employees to go the extra mile and work their butts off for you and for the company.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will be speaking on Sunday in Bismarck, ND at an FCCLA event at North Dakota State University to a group of student leaders.

Life Tip #27:  There are no traffic jams on the extra mile

How do you Deliver Happiness?

When was the last time you delivered happiness?

Happiness is all around us and as a leader, it is our duty to deliver it to our teams.  We don’t have to place the burden of supplying happiness sole on ourselves, but it can nothing can bring a team together quite like joy.  Throughout my coaching career success and wins on the court play a large role in providing happiness to my team, but if you have the right game plan you can help deliver happiness at unexpected times.  Here are a few tips I have compiled to provide happiness for those around you.  Enjoy.

  • Establish core values. Write down your core values and express them to your team.  Once everyone is aware of these values, they can operate accordingly.  This will help set expectations on when success has been achieved.
  • Understand your mission. The mission of the team will come from you.  Living and delivering the “wow” factor should become your main priority.
  • Build relationships. The best way to do this is through effective communication and building trust with your team members.  Listen and welcome feedback.
  • Stay humble. There should be no place for arrogance on your team.  Happiness comes from enjoyment gained from accomplishments.  As the leader, you must promote confidence without becoming arrogant.
  • Pursue growth. The best time to do this is after significant accomplishments.  Raise the bar and promote continuous growth.  Always learn from your team and vice-versa.  Constant and never-ending improvements.  Have you “wowed” anyone today?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson and J-Mac are in Las Vegas this week at a Zappos autism awareness event.  Connect with them on social media and see how it went!

Life Tip #3:  Leave a profit everywhere you go.  Everything you touch turns to gold, not garbage.

It’s Autism Awareness Month — Do you Support a Cause?

What cause can you get behind?

April is Autism Awareness Month and ever since the J-Mac game 11 years ago, I have been very passionate about supporting the autism movement and spreading awareness through AutismUp, a local organization here in Rochester, NY.  Do you have a cause that you are passionate about?  I strongly suggest that you find a cause and become passionate about helping out any way you can.  If you are searching for a cause to get behind (which I strongly suggest), here are some tips to help you out.  Enjoy.

  • Find something you are passionate about. For me, my heart was touched after the J-Mac game in 2006.  Autism soon became something that I had a personal connection to and my passion followed shortly after.  What are you passionate about?
  • What fits your purpose?  This is very similar to asking a business about their mission.  What is your purpose in life?  Is there a cause remotely close to what you would define as your purpose?  The closer the cause is aligned with your life purpose, the more personal joy it will bring you.
  • Support your family and friends. If you are struggling to find something you feel really passionate about, ask your friends and family members.  They might be able to point you in the right direction or bring you along to a fundraiser/event and transform their passion on to you.  Sharing your passion can be very powerful.
  • Share with others. Once you have your cause chosen and you get behind it, make sure you share it with others.  Not only can they help support, but it will help spread the word and awareness as well.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson and J-Mac are attending a Zappos Autism Awareness event in Las Vegas next week.

Life Tip #84:  Leave a legacy by leaving the world a better place by how you live your life

Are you taking things for Granted?

What are you taking for granted?

Taking things for granted is a common occurrence, but we must appreciate what we have instead of stress about what we want.  A few weeks ago, we had a bad windstorm here in Rochester and lost power for a few days.  While it was not a pleasant experience, it was certainly a humbling one.  It got me thinking about life and how we must appreciate what we have in our lives.  Here are a few tips on how to not take things for granted.  Enjoy.

  • Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for everything.  Appreciate the good things and learn from the bad things
  • Start a journal. I like to keep a gratitude journal.  This way, I can look back and read about good things that have happened in my life.  It helps with me reflect on the good things in my life.  What are you thankful for?  Write about it!
  • Gratitude folder. I have a folder that I put nice notes, events, and mementos in to remember good times or experiences I have had.  This helps touch my heart when I am feeling down.
  • Remember to share your love. Showing appreciation for others in your life will go a long way in keeping you humbled and happy.  Say “thank you” and “I love you” to those who deserve it.  Who do you appreciate?
  • Praise others. When they deserve to be thanked or praised, do so.  Life achievements (new job, birthday, promotion, etc.) are a great opportunity for you to reach out and congratulate someone.  Who is the last person you have praised?

Did You Know?  One of Coach Jim Johnson’s former players, Anthony Lamb, had a great freshman season at Vermont.  He was the MVP of the America East conference tournament as well as the Rookie of the year in the conference.

Life Tip #103:  Kill people with kindness

How do you Handle the Pressure?

Can you handle the pressure?

March Madness is here and it got me thinking about how to handle pressure.  No matter what our day-to-day life consists of, we all deal with some form of pressure.  What are the best ways to deal with it?  How can we harness this pressure and use it for positive benefits?  I have compiled some tips on how to deal with the most pressure-filled situations and come out on top.  Make sure you let me know your thoughts and strategies as well.  Enjoy!

  • Embrace it. When you start to feel that nervous emotion stemming from external pressure forces, convince yourself that you are, in fact, excited.  It’s a positive spin on the internal emotions we experience.
  • Model the behavior. Your team will learn from you and your behaviors.  Try and stay cool in front of them even in the most tense situations.  Think Greg Popovich and Bill Belichick.
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare. You cannot overprepare.  Be confident as the team leader and your team will follow suit.
  • Stick to what you know. Stay basic if you have to, but never deviate from what you have prepared or studied.  Stay within yourself.
  • What do you see yourself accomplishing?  How does it feel?  Visualize your successes before they happen.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson delivered his leadership keynote in font of students and faculty at SUNY Brockport recently.  His 2017 is filling up, so reach out if you would like him to speak to your team!

Life Tip #77:   Six days of labor, one day of rest

100 Wins in a row and counting? What are you doing to stay Consistent?

How are you staying consistent?

In honor of the UConn women’s basketball team and their amazing 100 game win streak, I think it’s appropriate to chat this week about consistency.  As a basketball coach, staying consistent should be high on your list of priorities.  During my career, my teams had 23 consecutive seasons of .500 or better.  As I preached consistency, the players responded.  I learned many things in regards to being consistent.  Below are some tips I have compiled for you.  Let me know how you stay consistent in your daily routines.  Enjoy.

  • Understand your “why”. Your team must know their values and reasoning for competing.  As a unit, what is your “why”?  What makes you tick?
  • Consistently improve yourself. Before you seek to improve others, you must improve yourself.  Constant and never-ending Improvement (CANEI) is what I always strive for.  How do you consistently improve yourself?
  • Build trust. Consistency in building trust takes hard work.  Prove to your team that they can trust you will do what you say.  Lead by example and your team will follow.
  • Raise your standards. Play and operate to your own standards you set for yourself as a team.  Always think to yourself “how can we get better?” and you will consistently grow.
  • Seek feedback. Consistency is built upon feedback and help from others.  You can’t do it yourself and it always helps to welcome a second (or third) opinion.  When was the last time someone offered you their feedback?  How did you receive it?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson lead the Greece Athena boys basketball team to 14 straight final fours of their NY State Sectional tournament and the team this season has kept that streak alive, continuing their run with a semi-final game today.

Life Tip #25: Always lead by example

How to Overcome Negative Procrastination

How do you overcome procrastination?

Each day, we are faced with tasks and items that need to be done.  Procrastination can sprout up at any moment and convince us it’s okay to wait or not perform the task at all.  There are some rare forms of positive procrastination, but for the most part, it’s an ugly characteristic that must be dealt with.  I have learned some tips and tricks over the years on how to deal with this unwelcomed train of thought.  Let me know how you deal with it as well!  Enjoy.

  • Create energy. In your life, there will be many opportunities for you to sleep in or be lazy.  I have found if you exercise regularly and eat well, you will have more positive energy to avoid procrastination.  Going to sleep at a decent hour helps as well.  Develop inner energy for yourself.  How do you create energy for yourself?
  • Setup daily disciplines. Whether it’s when (or how) you brush your teeth, eating breakfast regularly, or how you get dressed, you must develop daily disciplines.  This will help you feel accountable for all your actions.
  • MVPs every night. These are your “Most Valuable Priorities” that will help prioritize what’s truly important to get done.  Recognizing the true aspects of your life that need attention is a step in the right direction to kick your procrastination habits.
  • Bunch activities. Be efficient and do multiple things at once.  Bunching your activities together will help free up time to continue on your path toward success.  How do you multi-task each day?
  • Reward yourself. Each time you accomplish something or find yourself being productive, it’s okay to treat yourself as a reward.  This will create a sense of positivity in your brain that procrastination is not an option.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is re-releasing his Anniversary version of his book on March 1st?  It has been 11 years since the J-Mac game and he is still sharing his story with others.

Life Tip #34:  Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

What did we Learn from the Super Bowl?

Did you watch the Super Bowl?

As a former coach, I typically view games through a very unique lens.  While most might be watching for the excitement and thrills of the game, I am watching for teachable moments.  Things we can learn from moving forward.  While watching the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history last week, I picked up on a few things.  Here are three things that I learned from Super Bowl LI.  Enjoy.

  • Power of perseverance. The Patriots were down 28-3 in the second half of the biggest game of their lives.  In any sport, that is normally an insurmountable deficit to overcome.  They stuck to their game plan and persevered through unlikely odds to come out victorious.
  • Sticking together in adversity. Some might say the definition of adversity is being down 28-3.  The Patriots could have folded, but they stuck together and remained calm as a team.  Had they panicked, there would have been zero chance for a comeback for the ages.
  • Failure to adapt. The Falcons, on the other hand, did not do a great job at adapting to the flow and style of the game.  Had they done a better job playing with the lead and recognizing their situational surroundings, they could have been in the winners’ circle.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is re-releasing his anniversary version of his book in honor of the 11-year anniversary (February 15th) of the J-Mac game on March 1st.

Life Tip #32:  The harder you work, the luckier you get

What Does Your Perfect Team Look Like?

How do you build your Team?

Last week, I shared part 1 of my how to build a great team series.  This week, I continue my TTEAMM acronym and give you the second three crucial aspects of a perfect squad.  While we all want to win and be successful, sometimes we overlook the key aspects of building a successful group of people.  Here are a few more tips to focus on when searching for perfection.  Enjoy.

  • As you may have heard, attitudes are contagious.  We must find people for our team with an attitudes that match the overall goals of the group.  If someone has a poor attitude, it can infect the group as a whole.  How can they handle good and bad situations that arise?  Make sure your team is filled with positive attitudes that stop at nothing until the job is done.
  • What is your teams’ why?  Find people who will be able to align with the goals and values of the whole.  Be very clear and carve out roles for each individual.  This will help establish boundaries as well as optimize the efficiency while attempting to accomplish certain tasks.  What is your why?
  • Mental toughness. Having team members who don’t get too high or too low is crucial to your success.  Being mentally tough takes more than just being thick-skinned.  Your team must learn to deal with adversity and success alike.  Do you have what it takes?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson’s former boys basketball team at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, NY is currently 15-2, lead by his former assistant coach.

Life Tip #66:  You can’t live a perfect day without doing something nice for someone who can’t pay you back.

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