by Dana Cavalea October 06, 2021

Hi Team...

Well- this AM I woke up to some disturbing news....

The Red Sox are headed to the real playoffs.....

Which means, the Yankees are heading home.

This also means one team is a winner and another team is a loser.....

At least temporarily.

You see, that is how it works.

I can remember being on a flight in 2010 coming home from Texas after we lost in the second round of the playoffs against the Rangers...

I remember sitting back on the flight- seeing how pissed off players like Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada were....

I sat back and said, "We are all losers"....

Because...." We lost."

I do think it is important to sit with your losses....

Allow them to piss you off...

Because one of my core philosophies is that "Pain Leads To Growth"....

Without pain, we sit in comfort.

Without pain, we can get lazy to the little things.

Think about your life, from the time you wanted your drivers license so badly to the time you were dead broke...or, that time you looked in the mirror and said, "My God, what the hell happened to me- I look like I ate a small child."

Those moments led you to your next place because they forced your hand...

They forced you to do something different...

To think different...

To act different...

To attack vs. retreat...

When we have a level of pain, we find a super-power we did not know we had...

This is WHY I always say put yourself out there and into situations you have minimal comfort in...because you will find those situations provide you your greatest opportunities to grow and learn....

Do the same shit everyday and see how you regress...

We need challenge.

We need to be pushed and on the brink of loss...

The winners will step up, the losers will go home.

That is how life works....

Winners step up, losers go home.

I know, it is harsh, but it is truth.

Anybody can do almost anything if they have the desire to give it their all and never quit.

This reminds me of a poem by Edgar A. Guest titled: DON'T QUIT.

Don't Quit
by Edgar A. Guest

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit -
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about when he
Might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than it seems
To a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up when he
Might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And when you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst,
You must not quit.

The lesson is simple: You can lose, you just can not quit.

Keep going.

Chase victory every freakin day!

Go get it!

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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