Today’s Actions, Tomorrow’s Result

Today I had the opportunity to talk to a young man about the action we take today come with consequences tomorrow. That because at the time it seems and feels like the right thing to do or everyone else is doing it,then I should do it. This isn't the mindset that comes with success. Stop and think about what you are about to do before you do it. How long will this action cost me? Will this have a negative effect or a positive affect on my future? If I do this and it's not the right thing, who am I letting down? Not just myself but my family, my friends and others that care about me. Quick reactions can cost you. You have a gut feeling that it isn't right, don't do it.
Do not surround yourself with people that have an negative attitude or bring a negative attitude into every situation. Get attached to those who care about you, who bring positive energy and want to see you succeed. Let those people light your torch. Keep your head high and learn from your mistakes and failures.
No matter where you are in life, if you want to change, you will find a way. 25, 35, 45, the age doesn't matter. If you want change, make it happen. It will be hard, it will be a struggle. You will have to work harder than those already working hard. You will have those people who don't want to see you succeed try to bring you down. You will fail, I promise! But failure isn't a brick wall that is stopping you from succeeding. It is a stepping stone to your success. Don't let that failure bring you down, Let it fuel your future!

Stay positive my friends!

Chris North

The Mindset, I”Made It”

Here is what I have come to realize from my experiences and learning from others about “making it.”

When you feel you have become great or feel you are on top of your industry or sport or you feel you have “made it” you must stay humble! You must remember the hard work it took to get there, the everyday grind, every practice, every meeting, every early morning or late night, your work ethic. When you get to the point that you feel you have “made it” that’s actually where it all begins. If you think you can change your work ethic, change your hustle, change your grind or your mindset and still remain at the top, you’re wrong! You have to hustle more, work harder, practice longer, work longer and grind more than you ever did. Once you get complacent and let your accomplishments become bigger than you are, once you forget about what it took to get there and you start allowing yourself to slack because you “made it” that’s when you lose it all. That’s when it all starts falling apart and all those years of hard work are gone and you are back to where you started. Don’t fall victim to the mindset of I “made it.”

That leaves me with one last point. Don’t forget who helped you get there. Your family, your coaches, your leaders, your teachers, your mentors, your friends and the faith that you believe in. If you work hard at what you are passionate about, you will “MAKE IT!” #begrateful

Stay humble my friends!

Chris North

Be 100% Committed, Win or Lose. 

As I sit here after a sporting event I attended today, I reflect on some of the things that caught my attention. 

A team is built like one unit, the unit depends on each other to do their part, to support each other at no cost, win or lose. If you don’t do your part it hurts the team. If you don’t give your all it hurts the team. With that said, if you are a team member who plays the blame game because a mistake is made or your team didn’t win, you are as bad as the team member who didn’t do their part. Under no circumstances should you gather around other teammates and blame another teammate and think that is going to make your team or the other teammate stronger. You should be supporting each other and talking among yourselves about what went wrong and what you can do to get better. Playing the blame game only pulls the team further apart, when you should be coming together as one. Pick your head up, support each other and move on to the things that are going to make you a better team and teammate. By no means am I saying don’t be disappointment but by all means I am saying do not play the blame game, ever. Be a great teammate. 

On the other end, if you commit to be part of the team, then you should commit 100% of yourself, 100% of the time, no matter if you are last or first. Value yourself and the other teammates who have fully committed themselves to you and the team. 

And then there is this…

If you have committed 100% of yourself, for yourself and for the team, then there is nothing else you can ask for. Win or lose, be proud of yourself and do NOT let others bring you down. Let the things that matter, matter. Let all the other stuff role off your shoulders. Keep building yourself to make yourself and your team better. STAY 100% COMMITTED. It’s worth it, I promise!

#beagreatteammate #100%

My Thoughts

As adults that are put into positions that allow us to be around young men and women, it is our responsibility to protect them from not only the things that they can do to hurt themselves but also from people who may be a bad influence on them, lead them down the wrong path or maybe even hurt them. It is our responsibility to be the responsible one and make the responsible choices that keep them safe. We can do all we can do to protect them and things are still going to happen, its just the way it is. But what we can do is, not set them up for possible failure. We can’t put adults in positions that they don’t deserve or have not earned or who have showed that they can’t handle the responsibility of protecting our youth. The youth of this world is at risk everyday because of all the evil that lies and waits to attack  or influence them in the wrong way. We must keep them from this evil, allow it not to associate with them. We must not bring it into our community, into their lives. We must give them a fighting chance to make it and feel protected, so that they can focus on the things that matter the most to them right now. Them! Their education! Their innocence! Their life!

As an adult who is honored to be put into one of these positions and as a dad of two young children, I take this very seriously. I get worked up and a little emotional when I talk about this because I am very passionate about it. I take my leadership role around youth, pretty serious. I probably protect the kids around me more than I should but I would rather over protect them, then allow a single thing to hurt them, mistreat them or lead them astray.

This is my responsibility, this is our responsibility as adults.

We owe this to them.

Chris North

Monday Motivation

Life is an everyday grind. The cards you are dealt do not determine your path, your outcome, your production to society, your giving back and it sure doesn’t determine the person you are going to be. So pick yourself up, keep your head up and push through the struggle. You’ve got this!

 

Chris North

Thought of the Day

Each day I scan twitter to find positive tweets tweeted by the people I follow. I general read every one of them and try to find a way that they reflect me, my family or my current situation. It’s not that I need the motivation or lacking self-worth, well sometimes I do, but more of just a checkup from the neck up for me. It also allows me to pass those readings on to my son and daughter and others that I come in contact with. I know that reading and applying them makes me feel good and does give me extra motivation and if I can pass that on to others and only one person gets anything out of it, then I feel what I am doing is a good thing. People can go through incredibly harsh situations in life and others around them have no clue what they are going through.  A little inspiration/motivation to someone from someone else, can go along way. #foodforthought

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. -Dr. Wayne Dyer

Chris North

Winning Starts with Culture

The Webster Dictionary defines the word culture in several ways but the one we will focus on in this blog is:  a set of shared attitudes, values, and goals that characterizes an institution or organization.

To win, you must first have a winning culture. Winning attitudes, winning values and winning goals.

If you constantly have a losing attitude because the culture around you has always had that losing attitude, how do you expect to win? You can’t! When times get tough and you need that winning attitude to help push you through but you are constantly hearing or living the losing attitude, the winning attitude cannot push through and allow you to lean on it. Every organization or institution needs a winning attitude, a winning culture! This concept may not always lead you to victory but it will put you in the right mind set that the possibility of winning is there and it over takes the losing possibility because you aren’t even considering it. Start winning by have a winning attitude.

Everyone must share this winning attitude culture. You can’t have the back-ground noise of a couple people allow the train to derail. Let the winning attitudes outshine the losing ones. It must start from the top of the organization to the bottom. From Presidents of companies, Superintendent of a school district, head coach of a sports team and so on. From its fans, its employees, the team, everyone matters in this fight to set a winning culture.

As a leader of an organization or institution you must be the first to set the standard and when others know what the standards are, it is you that they are looking up to, to keep that standard on point. If you have a losing attitude, a losing attitude is what they will follow. It is what they will train, it is what they will practice, it is what they will live and your organization or institution will be affected by it. You can’t expect people to buy what your selling if you don’t buy it yourself.

Winning values are a part of a winning culture. They are just as important as a winning attitude.

As a leader, if you set winning values and demand that these winning values be practiced, taught and utilized, you are stepping in the right direction of a winning culture. You have to remember that you must practice what you preach. What you do, they will do. By winning values I mean, showing up on time or even earlier than expected, taking the high road when all you want to do is go low, keeping your poise and winning attitude in check when faced with controversy, helping others in time of need, getting work done on time, all the time. Winning values help set the foundation for a winning culture.

Just like winning attitudes and winning values, winning goals also help set the foundation for a winning culture.

Leaders should make goals that are winning goals, goals that are achievable. No matter the size of the goal, big or small, make it realistic. If you make non-winning goals, ones that are unrealistic and your follows know that they aren’t realistic, that is all they will focus on. They won’t focus on the goal itself. Even if you have to take a big unrealistic goal and break it down into several winning goals, then as a leader you need to that. The goal of a goal is to achieve that goal. Why not start winning instead of losing. Make your goals winning goals.

So, as I wrap this up, I hope what you have taken from this, is that any organization, team or institution that expects to win, needs to have a winning culture, full of winning attitudes, winning values and winning goals. All of these have one thing in common, winning! Start winning today by having a winning culture.

Chris North