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Updated: Apr 1, 2019

By: Brian Gilleece

Let's Get off to a great start and chat about "Beating The Odds"!

DEF: "Beating the odds" means overcoming improbability. That is, something is not likely to happen, but either by luck or skill (or a little of both), it happens anyway.

When luck, meets skill and it all just comes together, BUT, that skill to get to the place of receiving the luck is were we can affect our future! There are fundamentals, the throw and catch we can do every day to help that eventual luck not go uncapitalized!

1. GET A GOOD START! “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

The first priority is to create a morning ritual. What you do first thing in the morning colors the rest of your day.

Successful people have a morning routine or ritual that helps them get focused, think positively, and take intentional action. Without self-nourishment and personal care in you routine, folks tend to be less patient and compassionate, more reactive and less likely to be a self-leader.

2. GET CENTERED “When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” – Barbara Bush

To be at your best you can’t be reactive and get thrown for a loop every time things don’t go as planned. You need to stay calm and poised. This is also called being “centered” or “grounded" like Jess Canty talked about yesterday.

It’s the opposite of feeling anxious, fearful, and high-strung. When our body is in fight-or-flight mode we aren’t thinking clearly. Instead of looking for opportunities or solutions, we become reactive and focused on danger and threats.

Every time you start to feel anxious or fearful, reconnect with your body and ground yourself by taking 3 slow deep breaths.

3. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE “The value of a moment is immeasurable. The power of just ONE moment can propel you to success and happiness or chain you to failure and misery.” ― Steve Maraboli.

Don’t overlook the small things. Do it right now. What is one thing you are thankful for that you’ve been taking for granted? Because of our negativity bias, we tend to focus on problems and what isn’t going well, instead of the small victories and blessings we experience every day. It can be a stimulating conversation you had, a delicious meal you ate, a great workout, a good laugh, a new opportunity, a moment of relaxation, or simply the fact that you woke-up today and have a chance to experience life.

4. GET COMFORTABLE WITH DISCOMFORT “Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” – Caroline Myss

Sometimes we’re going to feel uncomfortable (a lot of the time if you’re chasing a dream). Things won’t go as planned, obstacles will emerge, and we’ll wonder why the hell we’re doing what we’re doing. What’s possible if you’re not afraid to feel disappointment? Or fear? Or embarrassment? Your job is to be a self-leader. Instead of avoiding problems, blaming other people, and giving-up, you can choose to step into the discomfort and make a positive change.


“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker

To be at your best, you need a clear and definite aim for your day. Define what a successful days looks like.

Get organized and prioritize your day the evening before. Determine the top 3 most important items that will make the biggest difference in your day. Hold yourself accountable to your daily agenda and ask, “How can I respond to this to get the result I want?”

These methodologies and practices work, know how I know, all of the most successful people that I know both financially or professional ALL do versions of these things and the least successful people I know, DONT. Reacquainting your self with fundamentals is as much a factor in artistic and professional growth as learning a new skill. Don't be reluctant to step back and connect with the basic.


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