Practical Advice for Success in Business, Athletics, and Life

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Practical Advice for Success

Travis Cooper

Lately, I find myself surrounded with successful people. Is that luck or choice? Is it because I was born into being around successful people? I don’t think so. It’s because successful people are drawn to each other, just like unsuccessful people are drawn each other. However, it doesn’t mean that you are locked in either. You make daily choices to either stay where you are, or work towards something different.

I know people that are totally talented to do amazing things in life. However, their attitudes will never allow them to do well. The Number One way to Succeed in anything is: 1. Take Full Responsibility for Your Circumstances. If you are unsuccessful, it is your fault and no one else’s. Once you realize this, you are free to succeed. Stop worrying about what every one else is doing, and start working on your own life.

I have personally heard at least 20 people take credit for Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Book. Well, I say, “Shame on you!” If you had that idea and didn’t deliver it to the world, then you don’t deserve credit for anything. You didn’t take action! Jim did! He Wins! It is that simple. I recommend learning from this. If you have an idea, get off the couch and put that idea to work. The podcast, “Barbell Business”, recently released a great episode on “Abundance vs. Scarcity”. I recommend that you all listen to that one.

The same goes for athletics. If you aren’t succeeding, it isn’t your coach’s fault. It is your fault. Is your coach producing other champions? If yes, obviously he knows what he is doing. I suggest looking within yourself to see what you could be doing better. I use Ariel Stephens as an example all the time. Yes, she does the subscribed program that Coach McCauley writes, but she does a lot more than that. She works on Muscular Balance, Nutrition, Mobility, and Recovery all on her own. That is taking responsibility for one’s self.

Here is the thing. Whether it’s your business, family, or athletic career, find a successful model, create a plan, and start taking action. Put your head down and grind! I here a lot of people say that they are grinding every day. However, when I get to know them, they just spend a lot of time wasting time. I have news for you. If you are spending 18 unproductive hours at your place of business, you are not working hard. That is wasting time!

Here is my advice for daily life. Pick 1 goal that you have to accomplish within that 24-hour period and two other goals that you would like to accomplish, and judge your productivity by the accomplishment of these goals. If you do this simple technique, you will accomplish between 7 and 21 awesome goals per week. These goals are meant to be big. They are not simple tasks like check your email. They are goals that take you steps towards reaching a better place.

I hope that these simple steps help you in either continuing on you road to success, or they help you change direction. Here they are in summary:

1. Take Full Responsibility for your circumstances.
2. If you have an idea, get it out to the world.
3. Don’t get mad when others succeed! Learn from their accomplishments!
4. Make a plan and start taking action!
5. Pick one Major Goal that has to be accomplished each day.
6. Pick two other Goals that you would like to accomplish.

For all of my Christian Brothers, I am not taking credit for my success of late. I am just saying that I do everything in my power to be the best that I can be, all the while Glorifying God with what I do. However, if my circumstances aren’t pretty, I am not blaming anyone. I will be content within those circumstances, while making changes in my life to move forward. Hopefully this will clarify my intentions and heart in what I am doing.

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