Is Your Team Working For You?

If you are remotely interested in what’s been happening in the NBA over the past few days – or you have heard anything about a certain player with the initials LBJ – you are keenly aware that several teams are courting him to be their “savior”, hoping he will take them to the promise land of the championship. As hard as it might be for his new team’s fans to accept, it is not a foregone conclusion they will automatically win a championship trophy because he’s there.

Why? Because one superstar doesn’t make an entire team. A few good players with team chemistry will usually beat a team with a superstar (or even a few of them) that doesn’t have players who work well together. Coaches at every level will tell you that no matter how many great players you have, it’s team chemistry that makes the team successful.

Team chemistry is essentially everyone committing to a mutual goal, working hard together, getting along, and being willing to sacrifice their own glory for the benefit of the team. Team chemistry comes down to getting the job done while not caring who gets the credit when the team wins and accepting accountability when it loses.

Oversized egos have destroyed many teams, not just in sports, but also in businesses, churches, education, non-profits and community groups. Just because you hang around the same people all the time doesn’t make you a team. Don’t let your team be the next victim.

Looking for team building resources for your church, business, or other organization? Let’s talk. I have leadership and team development resources that would be great for your organization.

How is your current team working for you? What challenges do you have? How are you working through them?

Live B.I.G.!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Compete or Quit!

Former San Diego Chargers DB Antonio Cromartie

At this time of year hard core football fans are looking for any whiff of the pigskin to keep their appetite for the gridiron satiated. That’s one reason why the NFL Draft, which happened a few weeks, gets so much attention and publicity.

One of the most coveted positions that NFL teams look to draft are defensive backs (DB), the ones charged with covering the offensive players who are typically the fastest players on the field – wide receivers. This is one of the hardest positions to play in football because you have to defend against some of the best athletes in all of sports.

I remember playing DB growing up and it wasn’t always fun, because getting beat for a long touchdown pass by a wide receiver can be demoralizing. Nevertheless, one thing our coaches would always stress was, “compete on every play!” This meant trying your best every single play with no excuses. It didn’t matter how talented the other player was -or how untalented I wasn’t – I had a responsibility to fight, press, push, and anything else I could (within the rules) to keep the receiver from getting the ball. If I wasn’t going to compete on every play, my coach wasn’t going to let me play!

As I think about my football experience I can see how this DB mentality is very relevant to our daily lives. Here’s how…

  1. Give your best effort in every situation. Desire and effort often trump talent. Even if your technique isn’t right, at least give 110% effort. Semi-talented players who work and have good technique will beat out super-talented players who are lazy. Don’t be lazy with your talent and do everything you can to make up for the lack of it.
  2. Put yourself in a position to win. Practice your technique. Stay in shape. Learn as much as possible. Become the expert. When you’re doing the right things usually good things will happen for you.
  3. Have a short memory. DBs have to forget about the last play – whether good or bad, because the next one is coming. You can’t celebrate too long for something good or get down on yourself for something bad, because your team is still counting on you to do well in the future. Learn quickly and get ready to try again.

Everybody has an excuse for why they don’t put forth their best efforts. Unfortunately, excuses are like armpits – everybody has them and they all stink!

In life you have to play hard and you have to play to win… or you might as well not play.

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Celebrate Your Inner Underdog!

“Championship teams are birthed from Championship DREAMS!”

You have to see the champion inside of you before the champion can come out of you. I explain more in the video…

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

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From Chumps to Champs!

Of course by now everyone (or at least 100 million of us) knows the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl yesterday. It was definitely an exciting outcome for the city of New Orleans and the team’s fans all around the world. After so much heartache and turmoil over the past few years, much of it due to its challenging recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the city and region can finally celebrate a collective victory.

It seemed like the bandwagon for the Saints got bigger as their success continued to build throughout the season, which is rare because success is not something this team is accustomed to. Did you know that in its 42 years of existence, this franchise has won only 42.5% of its games? Did you know it took them 20 years to have their first-ever season to win more games than they lost? Did you know they have a winning record against only 6 out of 32 NFL teams? Did you know that they won more playoff games this year (3) than they had in their entire previous history (2)? In fact their nickname used to be the “Aints“. (Source: Wikipedia)

This team was definitely not an overnight success. They (along with this deeply-emotionally-attached region) have had 42 years of frustrating futility: embarrassing defeats, deep disappointments, crushed expectations, and lots of “let’s try again next year“.Yet after all this team and city has been through, they can finally say they are World Champions.

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams, whether it’s been 4 years or 40 years. Don’t allow your disappointments and defeats to deter you from your destiny. There is a champion inside of you ready to win. Keep praying, keep believing, keep pursuing, and keep trusting God that your championship celebration will come!

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

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Winning Ugly is Still Winning!

As we get closer to the end of this year, it’s a good time to reflect on what this year was and what it could have been. You might be lamenting that it could have been better. On the flip side, you should be thankful that it could have been worse, but it wasn’t.

The longer you’re an entrepreneur the more you realize that entrepreneurship is a marathon. You have to be prepared to engage in opportunities that aren’t guaranteed to succeed, endure challenges with confident perseverance, and excel beyond your competitors in the face of adversity. Although some people make it look easy, this race isn’t easy and everyone isn’t cut out for it.
In sports you sometimes hear that a team had an “ugly win”. That basically means they played terribly, made a bunch of mistakes, and should have lost, but somehow were able to score more points than the other team to win the game. While they may not have liked how they played, they are still happy to get a win.
Business is a lot like that some years. Yeah, I know you might have made some mistakes this year, blown some opportunities, and even fallen flat on your face. It doesn’t matter. If you made it to this point, you had an “ugly win”. Hooray! Celebrate! Rejoice! Many people and businesses didn’t make it this far. If you’re still in business – or even if you’re still alive – you have an opportunity to gain from your mistakes and mishaps, and grow personally and professionally to be better next year.

Remember, the race isn’t won by the swift, sleek, or sexy. It’s won by those who engage, endure, and excel.
If 2009 wasn’t great for you, it doesn’t matter. Make 2010 a year to remember!
Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.
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No Legs, No Sight, No Problem!

If you look around there is always someone that is worse off than you. If you keep looking there are others who are MUCH worse off than you. So what do you really have to complain about?

Complaining is a cancerous attitude. It slowly kills your faith, hopes, and dreams from the inside out.

Check out this incredibly inspirational story of two young high schoolers who refuse to complain about their situations or be denied their hopes and dreams. Instead they work together to encourage and energize one another to achieve seemingly improbable goals.

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Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Run Your Own Race!

I am extremely excited to announce that my book Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life! is now available. To coincide with the release, I am writing a series of blog posts that will provide some additional insights and perspectives to the concepts contained in this book. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Growing up I loved playing sports, especially football and basketball. Track and field, though, was one of the sports where I preferred to be a spectator versus a participator. Nevertheless I had to run track, because my football coach wanted us to improve our speed and conditioning during our off-season from football. I did it begrudgingly.

I never grew to enjoy competing in track, but I have always loved watching track and field events, especially the sprinters. I still get excited watching the 100, 200, 400, hurdles and relays. I am still amazed at how fast world-class sprinters can propel their bodies forward.

There is something interesting about the rules of this extremely competitive sport that applies directly to our lives. Did you know that in track and field events runners are actually penalized for moving into another runners’ lane? They can be disqualified from the race for impeding a competitor’s path.

Do you realize that’s what you’re doing when you try to live someone else’s life? When you are obsessed with another person’s talents, fame, money, relationships, influence, or opportunities, you are not spending enough time focusing on developing your own talents, relationships, influence, and opportunities.

God designed you to be an extraordinarily one-of-a-kind human being. Your uniqueness is as distinct as your fingerprint is from every other person’s on earth. You are an original, so stop trying to turn yourself into someone you think is better than you. You life is just as valuable as theirs. You are indeed extraordinary!

While we all can learn and emulate best practices from others, we shouldn’t try to become them. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need you if you are exactly like someone else. That’s unnecessary duplication!

Check out this video of someone who had to learn how to run his own race…

So, stop trying to fulfill someone else’s dreams. Quit trying to live up to another’s unrealistic expectations. Cease trying to chase after a life experience that wasn’t meant for you. Whether you run cheetah-fast, snail-slow, or middling-medium, it’s your race to run, not someone else’s. You can’t live anybody else’s life and they can’t live yours.

Find your path. Run your own race. Stay in your lane. Finish strong!

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Powerful Lessons We Can Learn from Sports

In case you missed it, last week to coincide with Super Bowl Week, I highlighted some incredible sports stories with powerful life lessons that will inspire you to thrive no matter what challenges or circumstances that you encounter. Here’s the links to each of the stories:

Monday – Tony Dungy: Quiet Thriver

Tuesday – Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership

Wednesday – Thriving Perseverance

Thursday – Super Legacy (my guest blog post at Chat Kafe)

Thursday – Team Hoyt: Thriving Commitment

Friday – Thriving Unity

Saturday – Thriving Pioneers of Change

Which of these stories impacted and inspired you? I would love to hear your feedback.

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Thriving Pioneers of Change

“Super Thrive Week” Series

Whenever there are major cultural shifts in our society, there are always pioneering change agents who lead the charge. Athletes – some voluntarily and some involuntarily – have been at the forefront of the major changes in the United States when it comes to race relations. 

While it’s true that some of these athletes gravitated to more of an activist role as their fame increased, others were reluctantly pushed to the forefront because of their success in their field of play. In both cases their influence was initiated by the fact that they excelled at their specialty. This video chronicles some of the most influential athletes and major sports events over the past 75 years that have had an impact outside of sports.

 

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Becoming a pioneer of change does not always require you to step outside of your area of expertise or circle of influence. Although you may not be an athlete, when you excel at what you do, you will often be given a platform to influence change. In your field of play – where you live, work, play, and worship – opportunities exist for you to make a difference with your talents, resources, and relationships.

The question for you is: Are you willing to be a pioneer to champion change even if you don’t see the end results or get to experience the benefits of your efforts?

Well, whether you want it or not, your opportunity might be right around the corner. Get ready. Become the expert at what you do. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference.

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Thriving Unity

“Super Thrive Week” Series

Unity within a team, business, or family is not truly tested until adversity arrives on the scene. Even when adversity is expected it may be hard to resist the temptation to buckle to its demands, quit, or retreat.

Back in 1958, the University of Buffalo football team had an incredible opportunity to have their unity tested. This is an awesome story. Watch what happened…

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Sometimes it’s easy to do the right thing when there’s no outside pressure or benefits for doing the wrong thing. However it can be a totally different story when something significant can be lost as a result of choosing the right thing to do. That’s why it’s always inspiring to see people stand up for one another, especially in situations when you think they might do otherwise.

Check out what happened to the University of Buffalo football team nearly 50 years later…

If conflict fosters intimacy, then at your company, on your teams and in your family, let your adversity bring you closer together, not tear you apart. You will all learn to value one another more and grow together, benefiting everyone in the long run.

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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