by Dana Cavalea September 12, 2019

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Hey Team!

Today is a hot day... coming at you from Boca Raton, FL....

This time of year, the locals tend to stay in, and us travelers tend to get outside and endure the conditions....

That is what I wanted to write about today...

Enduring the conditions...

You see, no matter how ready, prepared, and focused we are.....

We will endure conditions.

And at the point we have to make a choice...

Do we contract?

Or, do we expand beyond the conditions?

When many people face conditions they are not comfortable with, they tend to think small, get small, and retreat for safety...

Makes sense. It is normal.

But those who are extraordinary... drivers, leaders, focused on something bigger, well, they EXPAND.

They challenge themselves vs. the situations.

You see, no situation is too big when you have an EXPANSION mindset.

The ability to expand starts with what you are striving for... what you are striving to become.. your personal vision, mission, and goals.

SO, if you do not have any that are worthwhile enough to keep you poised, peaked, and challenged, the chance for contraction is far greater than expansion.

Here is the deal.

When we are going for something we have not yet gotten, we obviously do not know how to get there or what do actually do.

It is now "figure it out time".. which is the first phase of EXPANSION after decision on your mission, vision, and goals.

Figure it out time is all about growth.

Accepting the challenge.

Accepting you do not have the answers but you are willing to seek and find out.

Denying the nay-sayers who do not believe in you, your gut, your vision, mission, and goals.

Then, you enter process mode.

Process mode is where you expand against conditions again working to find solutions.

Small solutions.

Big solutions.

And, this is when you dismiss the things and people that do not work in your goal of expansion.

Got it?

Yes. People can also hold you back.

You must recognize who they are and make the pivot.

This does not make them bad people... just people that are not going to help you in this time of expansion towards your greater possibilities.

SO, again, today's lesson is to feel your emotions... 

What do you want to do that is bigger than you?




What are the feelings you have when you think about this?

Fear? Excitement? Challenged?

Contracted or Expanded?

Grab hold of that emotion... and run towards expansion.

As we said, we gain preparedness through daily actions and expansion based activities. 

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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January 24, 2023

Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!
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