by Dana Cavalea March 11, 2021


Hi Team...

Over the last 10-days, I have been working on the editing of my soon to be released book, Habits of a Champion Team.

My first book, Habits of a Championblew me away in its success, selling over 20k copies. For a first time author, I will take it!

As I am writing the sequel, written for teams and leaders, or those aspiring leaders out there, I realize how many folks struggle to get things done.

As excited individuals, we love to start things but it is the finish where most struggle.

Unfortunately, in life, the reward comes with completion. 

We must complete what we start or else we have a lot of open ends and then the stress begins to build because we are spread too thin.

For those of you that have ever written a book, you know just how challenging it is to keep going. I find the editing process to be the challenging of all.

But, it must get done.

That is what I want to speak with you about today.

How to do the things that must get done without frying your batteries.

You always here me speak of the word: Process.

You must have one if you want to be a Finisher vs. Just a Starter..

My process for doing something I really do not like, like editing, is chop away.

Hear me out.

In my schedule, I have my editing time scheduled.

On my weekly to-do card, I have only 1-item: Edit the Book..

I have simplified and gotten really focused by condensing down to a singular, scheduled action.

So, I know:

1. Exactly what I want to get done

2. When I am going to do it

3. The time period it will take since I edit 2-chapters per day

That will create a very predictable outcome for me as long as I execute.

And, when you have something scheduled and prioritized, well, the execution becomes easy because it is thoughtless- meaning, the hard part is done.

The doing of the activity is actually the easy part.

So, what is it for you that you need to get done and chop away at?

This is a method I use across the board.

My workouts: 8am each day, done 54 minutes later.

My coaching calls: 30minutes.

My meal times: Scheduled.

My start time to my day: 7am, first session 9am (on my early day), 11am most days

My end time: 5:30pm

Bed time: 10pm ( or earlier)

Wake time: 5:55am

Got it?

I believe that everything needs a clear start and clear stop or we risk burnout and fatigue- as well as ineffective redundancy. 

I know to some that may seem rigid- but it isn't.

It allows me to know exactly what I have to do, when I need to do it, and where I need to be.

And, I do not compromise those times for anybody.

This is my success formula.

It makes me feel totally grounded and ready to compete and win.

It is as if each day I am being coached- because I know exactly what I have.

I can also trace any malfunctions, or, low performing activities because I know exactly what is being done each day.

Again, for some this may spook you- but it is the best way to live in alignment and get MAX production.

It also puts you on the offense.

Meaning you know the exact game you are playing and when you have moments of work, competition, rest, and recovery.

Think about your plan today.

Think about how you can adopt some of the above principles.

Let's go.

Your Coach,


Check out this old video on "Chopping Trees"- a method I use to get more done. Click to watch.

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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