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Each week, Compete Every Day's Chief Encouragement Officer Jake Thompson talks with competitors from all walks of life - business, sports, fitness, entrepreneurship, & more to find out how they succeed in life. We share their stories of triumph & habits implemented to remind you that your life is worth competing for & provide a blueprint for your journey.
 
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For Brian Kight, unflinching realism and relentless optimism are like the two rails of a train track. Without either one, the train can’t move forward. For some people, taking a long, hard look at realism is a challenge. For others, it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of pessimism. But while many may feel these forces are in opposition, Kight says th…
 
Too often we're distracted looking for one major moment instead of the tiny ones that actually make the difference. Personal touch. Small steps. The little choices that every day compound to create big results. Focus on how you can win the small things in order to seize the big things later. Leave us a rating: http://bit.ly/cedonitunes 🔥 Join Compe…
 
For Alex Auerbach, it’s all about the people. As the director of wellness and development for the Toronto Raptors, Auerbach spends his days building a strong workplace culture and supporting resilience and mental performance among players, coaches, and staff. Being able to make a tangible difference in people’s lives has always been appealing to hi…
 
Brett Price knows the importance of sticking with something he’s passionate about. From the time he was a student himself, he’s known he wanted to work in baseball. So, he found the best people to learn from and worked his way up to becoming the strength and conditioning coach for the baseball program at the University of Alabama. Now, he passes al…
 
Sebastian Little says his life’s purpose is to create spaces for full self-expression and play. Understanding what makes individuals tick and how to use those motivations in service of their larger goals is a key component of his current work as a mental performance coach. This week, he shares his thoughts on the responsibility of leadership and th…
 
There are three things that always hold true for teams: they all struggle, they all have untapped talent, and most of them haven’t defined their success. That’s where Maureen Monte steps in. With a background in corporate team building and a commitment to seeing young athletes succeed, she has found her place helping others reach their full potenti…
 
For Dartmouth Coach Spencer Brown, it comes down to owning your results. As both player and coach, you have the choice to put in whatever effort you can to build a strong framework for success. It doesn’t matter how tired you are, or if you’re facing a challenge in your life, so long as when you’re at practice or in a game, you try your best. In th…
 
You can't lead someone else with your lips - you lead them with your life. Take this example from the ESPN The Last Dance documentary & learn why you must compete with your life before you can ever expect your team to do the same. Join Competitor Nation here. Don't forget to save $15 off any $100+ order at CompeteEveryDay.com until December 15!…
 
All children are different. They have their own interests and hobbies, and their own unique dreams they want to pursue when they grow up. Some kids will choose to continue playing sports as they get older, while others will take a different path. That’s why it’s important to listen to them as they grow and share with you what makes them happy and f…
 
If you don't have a clear picture of where you're trying to go, how can you ever expect to get there? Most people float through life, expecting to "just arrive" at their dream destination. Competitors treat life like an expert sailor - they set a course, follow the stars, adjust during storms, and know exactly where they're headed. Join Competitor …
 
For Iowa State Associate Head Volleyball Coach Jen Malcom, sports have been a lifelong passion. As a child, she played softball, basketball, volleyball, and did track. She also watched her own parents coach team sports. When she was in college, she learned from their example and started to coach, as well as play. The shift taught her to see the gam…
 
Many people mistakenly believe that “competing every day” requires you to buy into the hustle & grind, GO-GO-GO culture that says there are no off-days in life. Contrary to that idea, you can’t actually compete at your best unless you learn to rest. “Competing” isn’t about working out daily or grinding in your business 24/7. It’s about working ever…
 
Especially in a challenging year like 2020, it can be tough to identify all the things you are grateful for. But the same adversity can also help set the stage for recognizing the good in your life and the support structures that have helped you along the way. This week, Dr. Nicole Gabana talks about the importance of gratitude and why it’s key to …
 
"Yet" is one of the most powerful words you can use to remind your brain that you may not be where you want to be now, but you're on your way. The journey to success is difficult. The doubts creep in. The questions whisper in your ear. And that voice…. that damn evil voice reminding you that you’re not “there” like someone you scroll past on Instag…
 
2020 has been a hard year for people across this country. It’s been a time of change and transition. For many of us, it’s been a journey full of ups and downs. Because of that, it’s the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. There’s nothing to lose by starting a new workout, creating a podcast, or tackling a creative p…
 
In order to capitalize on your big opportunities in life, you better make sure you’re maximizing the small ones. We tend to focus only on the big moments in life, those spotlight opportunities we need to do well in to succeed. But in doing so, we fail to seize those big moments because we neglected the little ones that prepare us for them. If you w…
 
Getting better is a choice. Obesity is a choice, just like working out every day is a choice. Being in debt is a choice, just like managing your finances is a choice. We all make choices every day (whether we realize it or not). Being a winner in life is about understanding your choices, being intentional with what you choose, and choosing to compe…
 
For Lauren Sisler, laying the groundwork for better outcomes in life always begins with a single first step. Sometimes we have a choice about when that happens, and sometimes we don’t. But one step is all it takes to head in a new direction. This week, Sisler shares her story of moving from gymnast to broadcast sports reporter and the pivotal momen…
 
Motivation will fail you. You will wake up more than once a week without the motivation to do the necessary work to move toward your goals. Most people wait on motivation. They work hard on the days they feel “it” and they do nothing on the days they don’t. Is it any wonder why they never reach their goals? One key to success is learning to take ac…
 
For Lauren Johnson, there’s no time like the present. If you want to change your past or build a better future, it all starts today, she says. The decisions you make here and now are the ones that will help or hinder you on a regular basis. This week, Johnson, who is a mental conditioning coordinator for the Yankees, shares her tips for deciding to…
 
It’s not easy to stay focused. There are a million distractions every single day. Regardless of what’s going on, there are still four things you control. Learn why these four controllables are the key to succeeding every year – and why they’re 100% up to you. Competitors control their controllables. Sign up for The Daily Competitor here. Join Compe…
 
For author and podcaster Brian Levenson, one of the most under-appreciated question words is “when.” That’s because knowing when to shift between different mindsets and frameworks is just as critical as the skills it takes to do so. For example, elite performers of all types find success through understanding when it’s time to prepare and when it’s…
 
Is your decision to take action every day determined by your current position - or your long-term commitment? Most people stay in neutral because they justify if they can't do "everything," there's no sense in doing anything. It's the same reason they fail to reach their goals - there's always an excuse as to why they can't get the work done. In th…
 
For Matt Kjell, it’s all about family. Since the start of this year, he’s gotten married and is now expecting a child. But he hasn’t always felt the future looked so bright. Back in 2018, his father received a surprising cancer diagnosis and passed away shortly thereafter. It shook Kjell’s foundations and sent him into a spiral of unhealthy choices…
 
Individuals have the power to influence entire organizations. That’s why it’s critical for leaders, coaches, players, and coworkers to invest in personal development and making connections in order to have successful outcomes. This week, Colin Cerniglia, CEO and founder of the Talent 409 Leadership Academy, talks about building a culture of excelle…
 
“Be curious, not furious.” That was something Anna Hennings’ mother used to tell her growing up. In essence, it means that it’s better to be curious about the mistakes you make, rather than just being angry that you made them. That’s because mistakes are a great way to learn and grow, if you see them as an opportunity, rather than a failure. This s…
 
Dre Baldwin wasn’t always the most talented player on his team. But what he always had was a love of competition, a strong drive to succeed, and a healthy dose of discipline. After a later start to his basketball career, he went on to play professionally overseas and then returned home to start his own business. In the years since he graduated, he’…
 
Today, I dive into the one decision you should consider most heading into a new month and the upcoming election. All of the attention (or shouting) on social media is why you have to vote for this person or that person. It's taking attention away from who you should really consider casting a ballot for and putting your faith in this year. Connect w…
 
To be a leader is to have the ability to impact other people’s lives. It’s not about the title, the status, or the amount of money you make; it’s about being a positive influence on those around you. That’s why it doesn’t just appear in the boardroom. There are leaders everywhere — even in the most unexpected places. This week, podcast host and aut…
 
It can be easy to get stuck in a mental prison where your outlook on life focuses on your fears and insecurities, rather than your potential. It takes self-awareness and a willingness to challenge your inner voice to break free of these internal weights holding you down. This week, author and mental architect Lucas Jadin talks about the power of me…
 
For Ryan Hawk, learning the importance of practice and patience came at an early age. When he was 14 and a freshman in high school, he never expected to play on his school’s varsity football team. He spent months training hard and learning from the best. When the first game of the year came around, he was put on the field and ultimately threw the g…
 
For Jon Gordon, life has been a journey and faith has been at the core of it all. In his early 30s, he entered into a time of questioning and exploration. It led him to read about different religions and types of spirituality and by the time he was in his mid-30s, he decided he wanted to get baptized. Through these varied experiences, Gordon learne…
 
Former guest Kip Watson, the founder of BrainCode Corp, joins this week's BONUS episode to discuss the world of sports during covid-19, how parents & youth athletes can manage the grief, pain, and heartbreak of league cancellations, and the importance of personal responsibility in overcoming pain. To learn more about Kip's work, visit BrainCodeCorp…
 
For Jim Hensel, it all came down to one very important conversation. Facing a challenging time with his work and family, he found himself in the car with his uncle one day. His uncle told him it was time to take responsibility for his life and where it had gone. It was the spark that lit the fire for Hensel and set him on the path toward accountabi…
 
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