by Dana Cavalea February 04, 2020


I woke up thinking about this today: DO NOT LET YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES DEFINE WHO YOU ARE...

Got it?

Why did this hit me?

Well, I realized that we are going to go through things... the GOOD and the BAD..

In my book, Habits of a Champion, there is a chapter titled: Never get too High, Never get too Low...

And that means, when good happens, great.

And when bad happens, great.

Embrace both.

We have to do our best to ride the midline in life...

In the book, I shared a few times in my life that could have really taken me down...

  1. Having 5-Gyms that were losing money by the day because I decided to expand too fast...(and, I decided to sell them and give up on my pseudo dream of building a national franchise- which I hated managing)
  2. When my NY Yankees contract did not get renewed and I had to make a choice after 12 years..  to go with another team, or, go do my own thing...
  3. When a toxic relationship was ending... and being totally good with it ending!

You see, these hit on 3-very distinct levels....


Purpose & Relevance


Now, if I was so attached to these "identities" and made them my life, that is when deep struggle would of happened...

When the trifecta hits (loss of salary, loss of business, loss of relationship) that can really rock the boat hard.. and for me, it did on some days.. just not the majority of the days...


I do not let my circumstances in life define WHO I AM...

This mentality allows me to trust myself, my skills, my vision, my abilities, and most importantly, know that it will all work out...

You develop a fearlessness and an immunity to failure... knowing that things are going to happen... and to be ready, but not anticipating failure, but instead anticipating success....and most importantly, happiness.

SO, what happened next?

Well,  I asked myself: What do you really want to do Coach?

And I got my answer: COACH

**As a matter of fact, I had it all along

I have been Coaching, motivating, and inspiring people to take action on their lives now for years.... 

  • Coaching, motivating, and inspiring teams to win on the sports field and in the sales field...
  • Coaching, motivating, and inspiring people to take action on their health, fitness, and nutrition....
  • Coaching, motivating, and inspiring CEOs, Executives, and Entrepreneurs to reach for new heights while not letting stress and burnout take them down...
  • Coaching, motivating, and inspiring kids to look straight ahead, focus on their target, and not compare themselves to others- giving away their personal power.

That is what I do as a result of what many would consider failure...

That is what YOU will do to when you get out of your own way and no longer attach yourself to circumstances....

Got it?

I want you to Unleash Your Inner Champion today and go make something happen for yourself...

Quiet the noise, overcome the obstacles, and do the work..

Play Offense.


Your Coach,





Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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