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It’s June and there’s no school… Wait, what?! It’s June and there’s no school, and in the illustrious words of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, “It’s Summertime.”

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Summer TIme, the magical words that all students and teachers have been dreaming about since February. Now, that it’s here it’s time to just sit back and relax, right?

Wrong. It may be summertime, but more importantly it’s separation season.

It’s 7am and the alarm clock is going off. What do you do? Do you lay back down and hit the snooze button, or do you rise and grind? Remember when your parents used to tell you that you better be good because you know who is coming soon? Yeah, I’m talking about S-A-N-T-A. It doesn’t matter if in your education, business, or sports, we all have a summer and we all have a winter.

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Across our nation and around the globe people are working hard to get better. The question we have to ask ourselves is this, “Am I outworking the people trying to beat me?” Someone, somewhere is staying up late, watching less tv, and getting up early to put in work. Are you?

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Go to google and type in “Winter is Coming.” What do you notice? It’s Game of Thrones, however, our basketball program has used this motto the past couple of summers. What we do in the summer determines what type of winter we will have. What you and your company do in this quarter will determine the quality of your next quarter. It’s all connected.

It’s fun to say you want it. It’s fun to say you want to win. It’s fun to say you’re going to work hard during the offseason. It’s another thing to do it.

Hard work isn’t for everyone. Success sure isn’t. And neither is playing time.

No matter what your sport is, or what business field you’re in, you can’t shine when lights and pressure’s on unless you go to work when no one’s around. What are you doing to separate yourself from the competition?

There’s nothing like hard work paying off. It means something. Seldom does an accomplishment mean something if it required little to no hard work. Hard work equals success. Success breeds success, and as the saying goes: “Ball don’t lie!” Unless you’re Lavar Ball and asking $400 for a pair of ugly shoes.

Winter is coming and it’s going to ask what you did all summer.. What’s your answer going to be?

Here are 10 tips to help you prepare for your winter:

-Be the first one in and the last one to leave

-Get up and read/study from the best in your field before the sun comes up.

-Master the fundamentals.

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-Expand your mind. Learn something new. This doesn’t have to relate to your sport or business.

-Get uncomfortable. Do things which seem extremely difficult. Start small and gain momentum.

-Make your strengths stronger. Don’t let what you’re best at go to waste. Make it better.

-Develop the will to prepare. There is no such thing as luck. Either you’re prepared or not when opportunity knocks.

-Ask someone to be your mentor. Learn from somebody who’s done or is doing what you want to do.

-Become someone’s mentor.

-Forget The How. Trust the process. What does this mean? How do you do it? Watch our latest video with a special guest, “Big Dave” here!

What tips or advice would you add to this list? What helps you win your day so you’re prepared for when winter comes.

Winter is coming. Will you be ready?

Give this some thought: “Good luck is the residue of preparation.”

Watch this clip for some extreme motivation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp2qjshr-r4&t=425s

Biblical quote: “But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”~2 Corinthians 9:6

Here at “The Pivot” we’re dedicated and committed to “helping people win.” If you like our message and want to help, subscribe to our weekly blog, follow along on our social pages, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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

~Kyle

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