by Dana Cavalea November 05, 2020

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Hi Team.. 

You know, I have been doing some heavy thinking over the last few days...

I feel like something I am seeing far to often is a lack of professionalism in the marketplace today.....

Hear me out.

I believe, the person that we all appreciate being around is the person that is most consistent....

Their word is oak.

If they say they will be there- they are there.

If they say they are going to get something done- they get it done.

If they commit to something- they are all in.

This person has extreme power. 

People tend to gravitate towards this type of person- and, they want this type of person in their corner, or on their team. 

I believe that if we can, as teams, and as individuals focus on being better professionals..

Becoming the person that is listed above....

Holding others accountable to becoming the person above....

The above (state of power) is based on strong values, strong character, and appropriate standards....

But how many of us working on our values, character, and standards today?
  • We are good at expecting the most from others...
  • We are good at putting pressure on ourselves for success...
  • We are good at seeing/ critiquing others- but what do we do to keep our values, character, and standards each day?

Well- this is of critical importance for you to focus on.

As we all feel the pressure of the World, it is important to create a list that is titled: WHAT I STAND FOR...

This is a list that lists exactly that: what you stand for.

You must write it down... write down the character traits, values, and standards/ expectations that you hold yourself too.

Let me give you an example...

Two weeks ago, I had somebody ask me to put together a proposal for them...

They asked me for the proposal and to make it specific to their company and needs...

So, this got done within 90-minutes...

It was sent, followed by an email to make sure it was received...

Then, radio silence.


No email. No call. No response. 

Now, remember, this was after their request... not mine.

When I immediately take a look at my list of character traits, values, standards & expectations, what do I see?

  • Respect People
  • Only Work With Companies That Are Truly Passionate About Being CHAMPIONS
  • Always Respond
  • Always Respond Timely
  • Never Beg
  • When People Show You Who They Are-Believe Them and Keep Moving
  • Give People Your Best and Expect The Same From Them
  • Work with People You Align With...

This is just a partial list that is relevant to the situation above- as a result, I decided to no longer engage, pursue, or be a part of such an operation/ company/ relationship....

Not a good fit.

How many times do you try to make things work by giving up on what you know is right? 

Just to make the deal work.

Well- that is not how it works. 

When you end up going against yourself, against your companies values, and force a deal or relationship- it always has consequences...

Think about forcing a marriage... never works.

When you know what you stand for- you always win.

Let's go.

Your Coach,


**Did you listen to this weeks podcast on The Power of Language?Click here to listen!




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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