by Dana Cavalea February 14, 2020

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Hi Team...

Happy Friday!

Another week in the books... I know it was a fruitful one for you!

Yesterday, I had an an amazing Coaching Meeting with an amazing CEO- who was looking to elevate his game... a true high performer.

We talked about a concept called: STACKING THE DECK...

How often do we walk into rooms... and adapt to the room.

How often do we have meetings... and adapt to those in the meeting.

How often do we have conference calls.. and adapt to those on the call.

How often, do we just do what everybody else is doing because it is easier, more comfortable, and, well, just less of a headache....

Well, I will have you know, that constant adapting can be exhausting because it is taking you away from WHO you really are... the true you.

SO rather than flee who you really are because you think YOU may not be the best fit for the meeting, call, position, etc... we are going to STACK THE DECK...

Meaning, we are going to do a little exercise....

1. Write down all the thing about the meeting, call, room, etc. that you can not control. (the uncontrollables).

2. Write down all the things you can control about the meeting, call, room, energy, etc. (the controllables).

You see, the concept of STACKING THE DECK is based on you playing OFFENSE.

I see it and hear it too often that my team is adapting and being pushed on their heels. 

They are trying so hard to "please" and be good samaritans that they are taking away their greatest strength: THEMSELVES.

I had a saying I used when with the Yankees: Always die on your own sword.

Meaning, if you fail, make it because you were being yourself and not pushing the plan or agenda of somebody else.

Because, when you fail on the plan of somebody else that is not aligned to who you are, your values, and your character- well, that takes years of therapy to correct.

There is no worse feeling at the end of the day than being a fraud.

Never doubt yourself.

Take every variable that you can control and build your actions, plan, presentation, and vibe/energy around those variables....

I want you to Unleash Your Inner Champion wherever you go....

That happens only when you are TRUE TO YOU!

Got it?

Champions ATTACK.

We INSPIRED the room.

We MOTIVATE the room.

We ENERGIZE the room.

Let's GO!

Your Coach,


**Check out this weeks podcast below....



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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