by Dana Cavalea April 10, 2019

Hey Team!

Last week I had the chance to speak at a High School Leadership Conference...

Now, for those of you who have not been in a high school for many years...

It has changed quite a bit....

It is much more "relaxed" in terms of the rules... 

Teachers are much more open with the students as opposed to years ago when it was more of a dictatorship... at least in my school!

Now, there is more collaboration and it seems like the kids see the teachers as people, not just as disciplinarians...

But, the kids today are also very different....

Dealing with A LOT.

Pressure is at an all-time high...

The pressure from parents... social media pressure... and so many kids are feeling the squeeze to "succeed"... 

It actually has many of them jammed up....

When I speak with the students... I have two goals...

1.Help to understand what is ahead of them in this World.. 
2.Help them to Unleash Their Inner Champion....

Simple.

I let them know: There is no such thing as Perfect....

And chasing perfect is just not an effective strategy for "a great life"....

So STOP!

One exercise I do when I speak is based around "creating the energy in the room"...

I asked the room of 350 students for a volunteer...

Crickets.. Nobody raised their hand...

Except for one! 

Melissa.

She stood up.... In that moment... She made a decision..

That decision was to lead...

It also turns out, she was going to play Lacrosse at Michigan on a scholarship... She took responsibility for her outcomes... It does not matter your age... it matters your guts and courage to set your own path.... 

She was a young lady on a mission....and in that moment.. she changed the energy in the room with her smile, her energy, and her desire to stand-up and inspire her classmates...

What are you saying Coach?

I am asking you to: STAND UP.

Don't worry what others will think....

Just put yourself out there....

All of that resistance and "trying to look good" is going to cost you your happiness...

Don't let it.

STAND UP.

You may find something out about yourself that you did not know in the past....

STAND UP.

Let your negative experiences of the past go... and that will set you free and allow your life to accelerate.....

STAND UP.

Let's GO.

Chase Greatness!

COACH DANA CAVALEA

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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