by Dana Cavalea April 20, 2021

Hi Team...

I have something I really want to talk to you about this morning....

I want to remind you that you make the rules for your life...

You decide how you work, who you work for, when you work, what you are working for, why you work, etc.

You get the point.

"Coach, No I don't.... I work for ___________."

That may be true.

Some of you may work for somebody else- but who chose that?

Some of you make work for a culture that does not align with who you are- or, for a leader that is straight up toxic- who chose that?

You decide whether you stay and play or if you jump ship and find a new opportunity or start your own.

That is how it works.

I see too many individuals giving their power and time away because others are requesting it, or, worse than that... taking it.

You must control what you can- and that is your decision making, energy distribution, and time.

That is what you can control- but why are so many giving it away?

Well- 2 reasons....

1. Most people are pleasers- they are looking to please and they are looking for validation through the words of a superior or others.

2. Most people do not have deep rooted confidence in themselves and their capabilities. They are questioning and overthinking what they are truly capable of.

Stop both of these damn it.


They are costing you everything.

I want you to read that again.

These behavior sets are costing you everything.

If you are a pleaser- you are heading into danger everyday.

You are so needing external validation that you will do anything for it, within reason. Maybe.

But this makes you at risk. 

You will do things you hate, for a compensation plan that is less than desired, and you will give more than you get in a bad way.

As for those lacking deep rooted confidence, you will never take a bet on yourself.

You will take a salary and benefits over starting you own thing. You will take increased compensation over the job or work you are most passionate about- and eventually you will feel and get stuck.

That is how it works.

Stop it!

Get excited.

Get pumped.

Get working on what you love and do it for that reason vs. getting an applause from somebody who can give two-sh#ts... 

Got it.

Let's get going today.

Remember: You are a Champion.

Make it happen!

For you....

For your family....

For the greater good...

For what you stand for!

Your Coach,


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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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