Life doesn’t just happen to you, it happens for you. You are in control of your life. In order to be successful and reach new personal heights, you must learn to say, Yes. You must learn to say Yes to your dreams. This week we’ll discuss ways for athletes, students, professionals, and parents to reach their potential by saying Yes.

It goes without saying that words alone are not enough. Talk is cheap. In order to become who you’re capable of you must learn to walk the walk. Think of yourself as a mosaic. The complete version of yourself is made up of several smaller objects. Think of those objects as habits. Your habits determine who you are and who you become. In order to say Yes to your dreams, you must get your habits in line with those dreams. Here are three ways to do so for the athlete, student, professional, and parent.

For the athletes:

Rise and grind. Get up and get up shots or lift weights before school starts. Outwork your competition.

Watch your diet. Your don’t put garbage into your car, so why would you put it into your body. Treat your body as the well-oiled machine it is. Remember, the best athletes and the best teams are in the best shape.

Study. Learn the ins and outs of your sport. Read about the greats and what they did to become great. If you can master the mental aspect of the sport, the physical part will come easier.

For the students:

Study hard. It’s one thing to study for a test but it’s another thing when you study to master the content. Study to the point where you know what the teacher knows. Know the information so well that you could teach it to someone else.

Show up. You might be in class but are you really in class? Make sure you are mentally engaged for each class. Don’t be the zombie in the back of room catching flies with your mouth wide open. Be an active participant in your education.

Ask for help. Do this daily. It will help you get ahead. Too often students don’t ask for help because they view it as a sign of weakness. The more you ask for help, the quicker you’ll get ahead.

For the professionals:

Do more. Do more than what you’re paid for so that one day you’ll be paid more for than what you do. Ask what you can do to help others. Ask how you can make your clients’ lives easier.

Build relationships. The only way to get and stay ahead is through solid relationships. Realize that you cannot do it alone and seek out partnerships. Study the successful and you’ll find out levels of success are directly related to the number of quality relationships had.

Be a lifelong learner. Everyday make it a priority to learn. Never stop learner. The moment you stop is the moment you are through. In order to achieve sustained success, you must dedicate yourself to staying current with the trends and evolving with the times in your field.

For the parents:

Do what you say. It’s extremely difficult but can you do what you say you’re going to do? Oftentimes busy schedules prevent us from fulfilling our promises. Your children need you to say Yes to what you tell them you’re going to do. If you can, you’ll be their hero.

Model the behavior you want. Your example is more important than your words. If you want your child to be kind, be kind to others. If you want them to be polite and have manners, demonstrate how to do so in public. There’s a saying within the coaching community which states, “You either coach it or allow it to happen.” As parents, we wither instill the proper values through demonstration or we allow them to go by the wayside.

Be involved. Sit together at meals and talk about their day. Play with them and let them pick the game or activity, and the rules. Don’t be afraid to be an affectionate family. Cuddle and show signs of affection. Most importantly, tell your children that you love them and you’re proud of them on a daily basis. Be an active participant in their lives on a daily basis.

We are a mosaic. Our habits comprise the person we are. In order to reach our full potential as athletes, students, professionals, and parents we must learn to say Yes to our dreams and goals. To truly say Yes we must focus on our daily habits.

What habits do you think are most important to be a successful athlete, student, professional, or parent? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!

~Kyle

Coach Elmendorf is available to speak to your team, club, or organization. Message him for details.