by Dana Cavalea March 12, 2019

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Hey Team!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

I used yesterday as a Recovery Day since I drove about 9hours in 24 hours this past weekend...

This weekend the Habits of a Champion Speaking Tour I had to speak alongside of an MLB Hall of Famer....Cal Ripken Jr.

Really amazing.

As a kid, I was always a huge baseball fan... watching all of the greats... wishing to someday be on the same field as them....

And, although my dream did not come true to be on the same field as them as a player, it came true 100% in that I was able to be on the field with them as a Coach... and as a speaker...

It is amazing what can happen when you have a vision for yourself... a vision for your life... and then you can trust that your hard work will and some blind faith will get you where you are meant to be......

What Cal is best known for outside of being an unbelievable player, is playing 2600+ games in a row. The longest streak the game has ever seen... and one that will never be broken...

If he was sick, he played.

If he was tired, he played.

If he was injured, he played.

If he was struggling, he played.

That was his message this weekend. 

He never knew "not playing" was an option....

He looked at playing baseball as "going to work".... 

I asked him about his training... and he said this, " Early in my career, I did not even know about weight training and conditioning outside of playing basketball to keep my legs strong. But, as I got older, the training each day helped not only strengthen my body, but most importantly, my mind."


That is really powerful.

Do you train everyday for your body?

Or, do you train for your mind?

Cal spoke of doing things even when you do not want to do them....

Understanding that by pushing through, you will ultimately learn to deal with failure by getting back out there instead of retreating and quitting.

That is what it is about. Getting out there. Get out on the field every day and play hard.

Your field could be your office, it could be a sports field, it could even be your home where you lead your family to victory.

But play hard.

Train for it.

Make it happen.

With resistance comes growth...

Embrace it.

And, in the end, you too can become, "The Ironman" (or Iron Woman)!

Let's GO.

Chase Greatness.



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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