This morning, I got up super early... 4:45am.
What I love about getting up at this time is that it is quiet.
Not even the birds are doing their thing yet.
It reminds me of some of my favorite times, like Spring Training where the day started at 6am and 4:45am was my wake-up time.
I was always amazed at just how much one can get done during those early hours of the day.
Oftentimes, we can get more done before 7am than we get done from 7am-3pm because of the calm.
Today, I want to talk to you about making decisions.
And, the best time to day that is when things are "calm & quiet".
But how much calm and quiet do we have today?
I mean the type where the phone is not within proximity of you and you can just be.
No calendars or planners.
Just you and you.
This is ground zero for A+ decision making.
Why you ask?
This is when you can feel and hear your gut instinct.
For some it has been so long since they heard or felt that intuitive voice that it may seem foreign what I am saying...
But you must get back to this place.
It is essential.
What I have found is when I take the time to be in this place, a surge of energy and positive thought often hits after the mental ping pong game ends...
And I am sure you will find the same.
The first few minutes of this exercise can spook you out- because today, we hate quiet.
We hate stillness- because we just do not have enough of it in our lives.
Then, something amazing happens: You settle in.
This settling in leads to that calm, and that calm leads to a mind that is not bias and can make decisions that matter in an uninfluenced manner.
Coach, have you lost it?
I promise, if you take the time to do this, you will start to truly get clear on what it is you need, what it is you want, and most importantly, what it is you want to do.
Today, I believe we rely too much on externals to guide us.
The opinions, thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs of others.
As a result, we lose trust in ourselves.
We lose our faith in ourselves and our judgements and abilities to make decisions.
I want to encourage and challenge you to make your own decisions- based on your own instincts and gut.
Then, trust yourself and your decisions.
It will all be ok.
In sport, I always tell my players: Die on your own sword.
Meaning, when you make the decision, or you are strong minded and strong willed- you will have the most belief in what it is your are doing.
Even if others do not agree- your conviction alone can make you very, very successful.
It is the morsel of doubt that we allow others to plant within us that strengthens when we give that doubt even a dab of our energy.
Do not let that morsel get close to you.
Do not worry about being perfect, or worry about making the perfect decision.
Make the right decision.
Perfect is not achievable. (click here to learn why)
Stay in belief of who you are, what you are capable of, and what you will do.
This all begins in quiet.
Go get some today.
Go out and win today.
Coach Dana Cavalea
**Last week, I sat down with the amazing Dr. Shad Helmstetter- this was a truly amazing episode on SELF-Talk. It is a must watch. Click here to view it.