by Dana Cavalea December 02, 2019

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Hey Team!

It is great to be back! I took off from writing last week and am really excited to be back this week.

We have 4 weeks left in the year....

So let's go out and win this thing together....

Saturday night, I spoke at a Basketball Tip-Off Dinner in Westchester County, NY...

One of my favorite things to do is speak to Athletes and their Parents....about what it takes to become a Champion in all that you do....

I shared a few lessons with them that I believe will be important for you as well as you take on the week, and next season, also known as 2020.

We All Have A Story

It is true. We all have a story. We just can not forget that we are still in the process of writing it. What has been written has been written.

But, what has not been written, has not been written. We have to remember that.

If things have not gone the way you wanted so far: Keep writing.

If they have gone accordingly: Keep writing.

Know Who You Are

Thats right. Take your focus off of what everybody else is saying or doing. That is their life. Get focused on learning as much as you can about yourself.

How you react to certain situations?.....

What you are sensitive to in terms of people, places, foods, etc......

Why do you feel this way?......

All of this is so important. The more we know about ourselves, the less we are influenced by others....

Be the Influencer Not the Influenced

Yup. Just think about all the messaging that is pushed at you each day.

That information and messaging is shaping you. Be aware of what you allow into your mind and body....

Protect the gates of your mind....

Do not let the "amazing life" others are living make you feel worse about yours....

Or, the "happiness" and "joy" that others feel that you may not have in this current moment....

You will be there if you set your mind to it. You can do all things if you set your mind to it and believe you can.

Once you begin to lock in on what you really want and your real needs, it is amazing how the doors begin to open for you...

Be The Captain- Know How YOU Can Help The Team Win


We can all be the Captain of the Team even if we have not been formally crowned.

Ask yourself: How can I help the team win with my current abilities?

Very important question. If you know your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of those on your team, you can really be the glue.

You will then have the ability to make things happen- especially when you come from a selfless perspective.

The thought: HOW CAN I HELP THE TEAM WIN vs. HOW CAN I WIN is a key distinction to winning.

Finally, I let them know, you can either be a POSITIVE or a NEGATIVE.

When you walk into the room, how do you make people feel?

Are they excited to see you, or, are they gasping for air as you get closer to them?

We must take full responsibility for what WE bring to the rooms we enter...

We can only do that when we master the above......

Start today....

Be a PLUS not a MINUS.....

Let's All Commit to WINNING DECEMBER..... (TOGETHER)...

It is great to be back!

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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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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