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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

Do you Have a Financial Independence Plan?

What is your financial independence plan?

In order to achieve financial independence and wealth, much like anything else, we must have a plan to get there.  In my younger years (teens and 20’s), I did not see the value in saving or starting a retirement account.  I wish I had.  Starting your retirement account 5-10 years sooner can result in a significant amount of money when you retire.  Below are some other financial tips for you to include in your financial plan.  Enjoy.

  • Set a financial goal. What do you wish to earn?  What do you wish to have when you retire? What percentage should you invest?  All of this is specific to you and your life, so make sure you set your goals sooner rather than later.
  • Pay down your debt. Student loans, car loans, and even your mortgage can burden you for a long time.  Make sure when you come into some extra cash, you pay down these debts as it will save you much more in the long run.
  • Seek ways to increase income. Whether it’s at your current job or your dream job, find ways to increase your value and ultimately, increase your pay.  Don’t settle for your current situation.  Maybe start a side job to earn extra income.  Live the lifestyle you can afford.  How can you increase your income?
  • Seek advice. Your parents, coworkers, or even other friends can be a great resource of information and advice for you.  Make sure you utilize their knowledge to create your own plan.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson was a late bloomer when it comes to investing and saving.  He didn’t start a retirement account until he was 33 years old.  It’s never too late to start!

Life Tip #4:  Pay yourself first, make it a high priority to start a retirement account

Are You Thinking Big Enough?

How BIG are you thinking?

Sometimes, thinking big can have a tremendously positive affect on your life.  When you think big, you don’t think of coming up short or failing to achieve something.  You think of you biggest, most rewarding goal and stop at nothing until you achieve it.  Do you want to become a millionaire?  Do you want to be the CEO of your own company?  Well, there is no reason why those things can’t happen.  You just have to think big enough and work toward your lofty goals.

  • Write down a BHAG. What’s a BHAG?  It is a BIG Hair Audacious Goal.  If you don’t have one, I highly suggest you write one down and look at it or read it every day.  This will instill in your mind these big thoughts and soon enough, over time, allow you to view it as possible.
  • Use mental imagery. There is tremendous power in our thoughts and how they can drive results.  The next time you have a big presentation or are preparing for a big game, use imagery beforehand.  Picture yourself dominating and coming out victorious.  Chances are you will perform better if you picture yourself doing so first.
  • Study successful people. People who have achieved what you hope to in your lifetime have likely left clues about how to get there.  Read books, watch videos, research articles, and study what they have done to become rock stars.
  • Keep a curiosity mindset. Seek for ideas instead of dwell on problems.  If you have a growth mindset and focus on what you can control, you will become successful and achieve your BHAG.

Did You Know?  One of Coach Jim Johnson’s BHAGs was to meet Stephen Covey.  Years ago, after he passed away, CJJ got to speak at his annual Global Summit as a featured speaker and received a standing ovation for several minutes.

Life Tip #96:  Study the art of happiness

Coach’s Dozen – Inspirational Books

What are your favorite inspirational books?

Last week, I introduced my 12 favorite leadership books.  This week, I will give you my top 12 books that I found to be tremendously inspirational.  If you wish to make changes in your life, you must implement consistent routines that will lead to positive change.  For me, I read at least 30 minutes each day to grow my mind.  Take a look at the Coach’s Dozen this week and pick a few books that you can add to your list.  Trust me, it will be worth it.

  • Success Principles – Jack Canfield
  • The Power of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale
  • The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
  • Season of Life – Jeffrey Marx
  • Over the Top – Zig Ziglar
  • Every Day I Fight – Stuart Scott
  • The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
  • Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  • Mindset – Carol Dweck
  • 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class – Steve Siebold
  • The Bible
  • A Coach and a Miracle – Jim Johnson & Mike Latona

The more you read, the more you learn and grow your mind.  Try your best to make it an appointment with yourself each day to grow your mind.  Reading (especially the books above) helps to feed your mind and allow it to become strong.  The most motivational books have a call to action.  The best leaders develop a plan of action.  Which type of person are you?

Life Tip #14:  Continue to grow as a person with your own personal development plan

The Mental Aspect of the Game

How do you handle the mental aspect of sports?

It can be argued that the mental aspect of sports is just as, if not more important than the physical. We must keep our mind sharp to stay ahead of our competition.  However, it seems that some of us spend so much time on getting our bodies in shape, we forget to keep our minds in shape as well.  This week in the #CJJblog I start a two-part series on how to keep our minds sharp.

  • Imagery. In order to get into the right mindset, you must envision yourself being successful. Convince your brain and your mind that whatever you wish to achieve is attainable and picture yourself accomplishing it. Close your eyes and actually picture it. The sights, the sounds, the smells, everything. Once you do this, you increase your chances of success immensely. When is the last time you closed your eyes and used imagery to get into the right mindset?
  • Self-talk. You should always be conscious of what you are telling yourself. Are you a positive thinker or a negative one? When a challenge comes up, do you tell yourself you are going to fail or succeed? The thoughts you tell yourself are the first step toward the result. Say things to yourself like “I can do it” or “I like myself.” These positive thoughts will turn into reality if done consistently and properly.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and enjoys their time with family and friends. If there is anything I can help with, please let me know and I will be happy to assist.  Until our next #CJJblog, make sure you fill your mind with positivity and successful thoughts.

Life Tip #88: Failure is an event, not a person

Making Life a Study (Part 1)

How are you making your life a study?

In life, we study many things. Sports, finance, public speaking, sales strategies, business, and the list goes on.  Sometimes, we forget to take a step back and study our lives as a whole.  When you wake up each morning, do you pick up the newspaper to read about yesterday’s news, or do you listen to podcasts on self-development?  I have come up with a few tips to help make your life an everyday study.

  • Personal growth plan. Read something every day to grow your mind on a consistent basis. Create disciplines for yourself to follow and make sure you stick to them. I like to think of my car as a library with wheels. Avoid listening to “filler” music and grow our mind while you drive. It’s a two-for-one activity that will soon show tremendous benefits. What does your personal growth plan look like?
  • Personal wellness plan. As opposed to thinking and wanting to exercise, make it an appointment with yourself. An appointment that you cannot miss. Create eating habits for yourself, not just temporary diets. Get eight hours of sleep each night and make sure that you are in a good mindset when you go to bed.

With the NBA playoffs done, basketball is done for awhile. However, the NBA draft is this week (Thursday) and I will be very intrigued to see where all the phenomenal collegiate and international athletes will end up. Make sure you let me know how you are making your life a study in the comments below.  Have a great week, everyone!

Life Tip #101: There’s a space between stimulus and response.  Choose to be proactive, not reactive.

Tips to Become Successful (part 3)

How are you becoming successful?

When you think about becoming successful, what thoughts go through your head? More importantly, what are you doing to get to the level of success you crave?  This week in my #CJJblog I go over the final 11 tips on how to become successful.  As you look through these tips, make sure you pick out a few to implement in your everyday life.  Let me know which ones are your favorite in the comments below.  Enjoy.

23) Seek a mentor. Success leaves clues.

24) Be a mentor to others. Learn from their ability to learn and be coached by you.

25) Donate at least 10% of your income to a cause you believe in.

26) Be a positive role model. You are on stage at all times.

27) Write out your own personal mission statement.

28) Spend 50% of your time on things that are important, but not urgent.  This includes: exercising, family time, and personal development.

29) Help someone at least once per week with no expectation of them repaying you. Pay it forward.

30) Be exceptional with your positive attitude and outstanding work ethic.

31) Adopt a model that I will do the best I can on all endeavors.  Be the best you can be at all times.

32) Compliment at least three people per day. They will appreciate it.

33) Live a life of impeccable integrity. Others will take notice.

As the summer approaches, make sure you get into a routine that will set you up for personal success. I always try to grow my mind by reading as much as I can.  I posted this on Facebook last week, but in case you missed it, make sure you check out my book recommendation of the week: “What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You” by: Liz Davidson.  This book will help you develop a plan for financial independence.  Have a great week, everyone!

Life Tip #35: Use CANEI: Constant and Never Ending Improvement

Success Tips (part 1 of 3)

How do you become successful?

Becoming successful is not something that happens overnight.  Success leaves clues and it should be your life duty to work hard and use the information accessible you to achieve greatness.  This week in my #CJJblog I am going to begin a three part series on my tips to become successful.  There will be 33 tips in total and I want you to start with a few and master them.  Branch out and add in the ones you like to become the next great success story.  You deserve it.

  • Make Life a study. Study what you want to accomplish.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Pay yourself first. Grow your mind at all times.
  • Become Debt free. Debt leads to stress and stress hinders your productivity.
  • Practice your craft consistently.
  • Start each day with a nutritious breakfast. Make the most of each day.
  • Discipline yourself not to eat after 8pm. Discipline your life in all aspects.
  • Read something productive at least 30 minutes each day. Inspirational, informational, or educational.
  • Have a bedtime routine.
  • Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
  • Write your goals down daily. Constant reminders of what you are working toward.

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  Enjoy your time with family and friends, because they are the ones who matter the most.  Let me know in the comments below and let me know which one of these tips you find most useful!

Life Tip #37:  CANEI – Constant and never-ending improvement

Preparing for the Big Game

How do you prepare for a big game?

Big games happen all the time (Super Bowl, anyone?). How do we properly prepare for these momentous events?  As I watched the Super Bowl, it got me thinking about how to go about getting ready to play in such a big game in comparison to a regular season contest.  Below are some tips I came up with while laying out a game plan for your next big event.  Enjoy.

  • Prepare thoroughly. This starts with you, the coach. Your game plan, strategy, and plan of attack must all be laid out in detail and given to your team. Outline the steps toward success and create the expectation that it must be followed in order to emerge victorious.
  • Utilize resources. Get feedback, possibly from others who have experienced the same type of pressure. Take in their opinions and evaluate the best course of action moving forward. Gather facts from outside sources and make the best decision for your team. What resources do you have access to that you can dip in to?
  • Build confidence. Present your plan to your team in the manner of “We can do this… And here is how…” They must feel confident that they can achieve greatness and it’s your job to make them feel as such. Is your team confident?
  • Stay focused. Stick to your plan and also have a backup plan in case the initial thought process falls through. If something doesn’t work, how can you fix it? Success comes from adjustments made on the fly. Will you be prepared to make the necessary adjustments?

This is a big week for the Greece Athena basketball program. We have our senior night game, J-Mac ten-year anniversary event, and a fundraiser for!   Also, ESPN personality, Roy Firestone will be by our side throughout most of the process.  Come join the fun!  Have a great week, everyone.

Life Tip #34: Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance

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