by Dana Cavalea August 26, 2019

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Hey Team!

Happy Monday.....

We are heading into the last week of summer for many.... so let's make it a great one!

This past weekend, I spent some quality time with my family down in Pennsylvania- wife, parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephews...

There is nothing better in my mind than being able to just sit and talk with those people that mean the most to you. Uninterrupted- just quality time and conversation.

Really amazing....

And, leaving the NYC Metro area and heading down to where they live, is also extremely "different" in that it is basically horse and farm country....

Slower. Quiet. No horns-- just the sounds of the farm... and nature...

Now, I know that sort of life is not for all... and some of you may be hearing that and saying, "Coach, totally not for me-- I love the energy of the city"-

I get it.

But for a few days, it is amazing what happens to your headspace when you can slow down, get quiet, and actually think without the social distractions.....

And most of the time, not even THINK, just BE. 

Then, the most creative, perspective inspiring thoughts ever start brewing...

This weekend reminded me of what one of my Coaching Clients, Corey Dissin told me before we first started working together:

"Coach, I just want to make sure I make the most of my QTL- Quality Time Left. I am in my 40's and I want my QTL to be the best time of my life."

So, we then went to work.

  1. We got his nutrition plan in place,
  2. His workouts curated-planned-and scheduled,
  3. We put accountability checkers in place,
  4. We started talking about and crafting his new business model that would free him up a bit,
  5. Then we got him totally aligned with all of that and his family / life goals.

The results...


  • Down over 30lbs.
  • Quality time to watch his son play baseball as he approaches his final season before College ball. 
  • Massages/ Vacations with his wife without guilt.
  • Energy is flying.
  • Consulting Contracts coming in at a rapid pace.

This is what excites me about Coaching and working with people that are willing to do the work.

These results only happen when you are committed and aligned to something bigger than yourself.

When you can be focused on the those around you, what you want out of your own life, and what success/ happiness/ and winning means to you.... you have the greatest chances of winning.

Was there some hardship in his journey... YES.

Did he have some doubts at times... YES.

But, he never stopped thinking about QTL... and neither should you.. no matter where you are at in your life.

Your best times are still ahead of you.

It is your job to keep going after them.

Let's GO!

Happy Monday.


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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