<![CDATA[A Disciplined Mind-training your mind to excel in sports, business and life. - Blog]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:50:15 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[What will we leave behind?]]>Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:39:13 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/what-will-we-leave-behind
'What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments,' said the Greek statesman Pericles, 'but what is woven into the lives of others.' "Your legacy is that which you teach."

This speaks to the core of my existence.

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<![CDATA[Learning From Those Who Came Before You]]>Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:53:36 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/learning-from-those-who-came-before-you
Let's connect and learn from our elders and history. Billie Jean King is a prime example of how influential and impactful that connection can be. There is great wisdom in history.

"I've always been fascinated by the older generation, even as a child. I adored learning about their lives listening to their opinions, anything they wanted to share with me. When I began playing tennis I would always ask older more experienced players about their matches, what brought them to tennis and what they thought was important. Listening to our elders can be very rewarding not to mention fascinating and fun. It's something that I don't think enough young people take advantage of-today's culture seems to only focus on the ills of aging instead of the wisdom it can bring. I certainly wouldn't have learned how to play a great game of tennis had I not listened to my elders."-Billie Jean King, Pioneer, Social Advocate, Competed in 65 Grand Slam Finals winning 39 Grand Slams

Billie Jean King's 5 Rules for Life:
From My Dinner Table to Yours

Be polite
Show respect to yourself and others
Listen to and engage your elders
Give to those less fortunate than yourself
Show gratitude

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<![CDATA[What path are we going down?]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:55:09 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/what-path-are-we-going-downWhen we are careless with our thoughts, words, and actions and the consequences of those, we are met with disaster. Now just because disaster will not necessarily fall on us that day, it doesn't mean that disaster isn't coming. For example, when we fail to take care of our health one day, it won't necessarily lead to disaster. However, we are creatures of habit. So when we fail to take care of our health for 5 years, we are going to face the consequences of those choices and actions whether we like it or not. These are called the facts. We all struggle as humans to live successful lives. What helps is when we become self-aware of our habits and make conscious decisions to build healthier habits that will impact our lives in a positive direction. This is not easy, but it is worth it in the long run.

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<![CDATA[Learning how to concentrate]]>Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:12:27 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/learning-how-to-concentratePicture
How do you concentrate on the task at hand and execute? For example, how do you train a football wide receiver to catch the pass when he has a safety barreling down on him? Receivers drop the ball for a variety of reasons: lack of concentration, physical fatigue, distractions, poor practice habits…

Here are a four ways that you can apply to other sports as well:


1. Practice catching the ball from a machine or QB from a certain distance and angle. The receiver has to catch a certain amount in a row. If they mess up, they have start over at the beginning

2. Practice catching the ball with the safety running at them full speed

3. Visualize seeing the ball hit the hands and securing it with your body

4. Making sure your technique is fundamentally sound each rep

These are four ways to improve your concentration and execution of an athletic skill. If you like this article, share with your audience. Feel free to contact me with questions and comments about it too.

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<![CDATA[Do you want an extraordinary life or a mediocre life?]]>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:08:45 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/do-you-want-an-extraordinary-life-or-a-mediocre-lifePicture
Do you want an extraordinary life or a mediocre life? The decision is yours. You are the captain of your ship. Your philosophy determines your destiny. Who do you want to become? What type of life do you want to live? What do you want your legacy to be? Are you living your life as a warning or an example?

 "The possibility of mediocrity exist for everyone because being mediocre simply means choosing whether consciously or unconsciously to be the same as you've always been. Mediocrity has nothing to do with how you compare to other people; it's simply a result of not making a commitment to continuously learn, grow and improve yourself. Whereas being extraordinary-which leads to extraordinary levels of success-is a result of choosing to learn, grow and be a little better each day then you've been in the past."-Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning

The choice is yours. The time is now! Go make today your masterpiece!!









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<![CDATA[What if money were no object?]]>Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:53:31 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/what-if-money-were-no-object
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What do you desire? What makes you come alive? What are you about? What is your purpose, meaning, and motivation for this life? What do you want your life to be about? Who do you want to become? How would you really enjoy spending your life if money were of no concern? 

You have this life to go and make the most of it. Go and do what makes you come alive because you and the world need this!

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<![CDATA[Oh, the Places You'll Go!]]>Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:23:07 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/oh-the-places-youll-goPicture
The world will eventually say no to you. How will you respond? Will you accept no for an answer to your dreams, your passion?

"Being determined in the face of obstacles is vital. Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss is a great example of that himself. Many of his 44 books remain wild bestsellers. Theodor Geisel is selling 11,000 Dr. Seuss books every day of the year, in the U.S. alone, 24 years after he died. He has sold 600 million books worldwide since his first book, And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was published in 1937. And as inevitable as Dr. Seuss's appeal seems now, Mulberry Street was rejected by twenty-seven publishers before being accepted by Vanguard Press. What if Geisel had decided that twenty rejections were enough for him? Or twenty-five?

Imagine childhood, and reading, without Dr. Seuss."

-A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer

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<![CDATA[Matthew's Life Philosophy]]>Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:56:24 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/matthews-life-philosophy
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On March 2, 2014 at the Oscars we heard Matthew McConaughey’s life philosophy in his acceptance speech for best actor. I found it very profound and a great way to look at life. He discussed three pillars that he lives by.

One: someone to look up to
Two: something to look forward to
Three: someone to chase

We can all benefit by examining and defining this in our own way.

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<![CDATA[July Reading Recommendations]]>Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:57:32 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/july-reading-recommendationsPicture
Each month I will share with you the books I read in the past month. Maybe they will be worth your time to read or maybe they won't. That is up to you of course. One of the best ways we change our perspective on life is through being exposed to a different viewpoint and new ideas. This comes through hearing someone else's point of view and through reading. 

I read 4 books this month:

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Into the Wind by Jake Ducey
The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary


This was the first book I have read of Vonnegut. It was different, and I plan on reading more of his work. I am not sure I really loved it, but it did grab my attention.

The second book by Carnegie is a treasure trove of great ideas on human behavior. I was marking this book and taking notes throughout. I highly recommend this book if you haven't read it already.

The third book is a non-fiction story of self-exploration and world travel. Jake dropped out of college his freshman year to travel the world for 6 months and learned a great deal about himself and the world. 

The fourth book by Tsabary is one I NEEDED to read! We do so many things as humans unconsciously because we have been conditioned to do it that way. We are often unaware and this effects how we parent our children and how they view themselves and the world. When we become conscious of WHY we are choosing to think and act a certain way it changes the journey and the outcome for us and others. "Becoming a fully conscious parent is the greatest gift you can give to your child."-Eckhart Tolle 

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<![CDATA[Why are the outliers the outliers?]]>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:32:14 GMThttp://adisciplinedmind.com/blog/why-are-the-outliers-the-outliersPicture
I couldn't wait to share this with you. To me there is no better feeling in the world than learning and sharing what you have learned to help others on their journey. As a child one of my favorite books was the Questions and Answers Book because I loved learning! I still do! I love learning new things and ideas and being able to share them with others. So what separates the outliers in society from the mainstream? 

What separates these people from the pack? What do they do differently? How do they think differently than most people? I believe they have three distinctions that they do consistently that put them on the outer edge of mass society and help them excel at a different rate than most people.

First, they are incredible lifelong learners. Take John Wooden and Stan Lee for example, in their 90's, they both have been known to be reading daily, working, and attending seminars while sitting in the first row taking notes! Imagine being in your 90's physically but mentally acting like a child who loves to learn. Stan Lee is in his 90's and still works 40+ hours a week because he loves what he does! Making comics and working on movies gives Stan energy instead of draining his energy source. They have an insatiable appetite for learning. They relentlessly want to know more, become more, and serve more. They truly love learning and equate learning and fun as synonymous. 

Second, they cultivate a childlike sense of curiosity. Who most often tends to ask the best questions? Children of course, because they are so curious about the world and why things are the way they are. If you want a better answer, ask a better question. Take Ray Dalio for example, the founder and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. Every day for years he has been getting up in the morning and asking himself one question: "What don't I know?" This is a man who for 30+ years has led a company with $167 Billion in assets where you had to have a net worth of $5 Billion to invest and $100 Million minimum buy in to invest with his company. Rather than pretending like he has all the answers he is loving being curious and trying to learn more and find out what he doesn't know. Another example is the amazing movie director Brian Grazer who credits all of his success in life to one aspect-curiosity! He says that asking questions and being so deeply curious about life and people has dramatically altered his life course. Rather than trying to be interesting, choose to be interested!

Finally, they don't accept the status quo. Just because others say it cannot be done or this is the only way to do it, they look for a new and better way. Take AirBnB for example. The co-founders were told by many highly successful and intelligent business people that their idea wouldn't work for many reasons: legal liability, competition with major hotel chains like Marriott and Hilton, and many other reasons like the fact that there was a good reason that nobody had tried this idea before with success. They don't accept 'NO' as an acceptable answer. Look at Laird Hamilton and Richard Branson-one common theme I have noticed about them is their deep commitment to innovation and fun. Both of these guys love trying new things regardless if they fail or it doesn't work the first time. They will adapt their course and try again. Just the idea of trying something new gets their juices flowing! Having fun being creative and innovative is a central theme that runs through their blood stream. 

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