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Five Success Tips you Can Learn While Playing Football

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 July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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