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Five Success Tips you Can Learn While Playing Football

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Five Success Tips you Can Learn While Playing Football

For many of us, football season is in full throttle mode, from little league to fantasy leagues to the professional sector. Many Americans simply cannot get enough of the sport, either by clinging to the television set, traveling to watch their favorite team play, or by coaching.

Many of us understand and appreciate the love of the game and many of us also know there is more to football than just…. football.

Even if you are not a die-hard fan, football in any form can teach a myriad of life lessons, namely in the field of business. Yes, this sport can relate to the business sector in several different ways, many managers and CEOs factor their choice of staffing to their lessons from the game.

Here are six things that football can teach us about business and related employment :

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#1. Teamwork

When you have a career in any field that requires you to work for a company or any organization, more than likely you are going to work with others. Even if your job is more of a solo job, many of these jobs are seemingly accomplished “alone” However, they are all accomplished for the good of the company.

Staff meetings, departmentalized projects, tasks, attainment of quotas and customer service are a few areas of many jobs that require stellar teamwork and interpersonal skills.

The ability to work with others to reach a common goal is essential in a successful work environment and overall moral of the workplace.

#2. Self-Discipline

One of the most challenging life-skills to develop and maintain is self-discipline. Although the term, self-discipline, sounds somewhat negative, this is by far a positive trait. When you possess self-discipline, you have the innate ability to control or hold back you desires, emotions and even feelings so as to improve yourself, or to avoid any negative consequences.

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Self-discipline is also responsible for maintaining proper work ethic by staying on schedule each day, remaining focused on the tasks at hand throughout the work day and always remaining thorough at performing your duties, all while behaving in a professional manner.

The inner-strength you possess to control your reactions, to certain situations that arise within the work environment and your actions towards all duties and tasks is highly important and will reveal a great deal about your personality and work ethic.

#3. Loyalty

Just like being loyal to your teammates and the coaches of your favorite team, loyalty in business creates a stronger bond between you and your employer and is followed through with your solid and consistent work ethic.

The desire to remain loyal to a company, is obviously going to be directly related to your work performance and the company’s ability to effectively garner employee satisfaction. Many companies, will have a greater chance of bringing employees onboard, that have shown steadfastness with previous companies, rather than those which have had high turnover rates with other organizations.

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Businesses hire those who they know are willing and who have the upmost potential in sticking around for the long haul.

#4. Continuous Training

It is imperative that you are able to show the willingness to learn more and grow professionally, to review past experiences, acknowledge what you can do differently the next time and to learn from mistakes.

No matter how effective and successful you are at anything you do, namely within the game of football, understanding that there is always room for improvement is vital in any business venture.

Many companies require you to have a specific goal from year-to-year of what you want to achieve as an individual for the good of the company. Many companies also provide on-site training experiences for their employees, to help them achieve their goals within the organization.

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Showing the willingness, to continue improving yourself as a member of a team of professionals and achieving your goals through continuous training, will allow you to go a long way in your career.

#5. Preparedness

Playing or being involved in football, no matter the type of team, always requires you to be prepared. Always being “up on your game” is essential, such as with mental toughness, the ability to handle mental pressure and always having proper, high quality football gear.

The same goes for your career. You must always and consistently be prepared for work, and be ready for the unexpected events at work that require adaptation on your part. Being prepared for the not-so-good-days, as well as the good days is dependent upon your ability to be mentally sharp and focused with a positive attitude.

All of the above life-skills are mandatory for prosperous business opportunities and an efficacious career. These necessary life-skills for success begin earlier in life, by being devoted to a team and gaining exposure, as well as opportunities for developing the skills. All of these character traits and a lot of perseverance can result in a flourishing and thriving career in a job you love.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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